Tuesday, May 31, 2011


My list for the day:

1.  Finish all the laundry
one load
Put the laundry in the basket.

2.  Make banana bread.
Eat the cake from Grandma.

3.  Update Quicken accounts.

4.  Don't forget to go to Austin's boat race at Dierke's lake at 10:30.

5.  Don't forget to go to Benson's Kindergarten graduation at 10:30.
quote from Benson this morning--"Mom, do you even know I'm here?"

6.  Swipe Ketsup and Mustard from your mother's pantry because you 
don't have time to go to the store and get some to take to Austin's class picnic.  See #4 and #5.

7.  Take Benson to Baseball practice.  
When you get there, realize that the practice is tomorrow.

8.  When you get back from taking Benson to practice
realize that Dallin is now late for his brain neuro-feedback appointment--
which you forgot last week costing $75.

9.  Be thankful that Grandma took pity on her distant offspring and fed them all dinner.

10.  Blame everything on the fact that you had mastitis yesterday and barely survived
 the 16 hours it took for antibiotics to kick in.

Tomorrow is the last day of school.  Hallelujah!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Pitter Patter

Here's what's making my heart go Pitter Patter--I finally discovered how to download the Pioneer Woman PhotoShop Essentials Actions for my very own program.  

This came with the usual amounts of frustration--learning new computer tricks makes me feel like throwing things.  I only had a few moments of temper tantrum this time.
But here are the first few results.  I have a feeling this is the start of a beautiful relationship... 

Boost plus fresh and lively
Soft and faded plus edge burn
Edge burn plus boost

Boost plus fresh and lively is a little harsh.  I know there is a way to soften some of the effects but that will have to wait for tomorrow.  I have six kids claiming near starvation to attend to.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Some gifts you just don't complain about...

Jenna and Benson greeted me on Mother's Day with their present--they got themselves completely dressed for 9 am church.  Notice the awesome buttoning job on Benson's shirt.
I couldn't bring myself to fix it.  He was so proud of himself.

And Jenna got herself ready and got the Sunday bag all ready to go without any help from me. These kind of gifts are irreplaceable--along with the pots of flowers and bookmarks and necklaces from school...

My mom and Becki and I got pedicures in honor of the Big Day.  My feet took twice as long as theirs because I wear open back shoes rain, snow or shine.  It makes for really soft heels.  The blue toenails look suspiciously like frostbite--perfect for summer!

Someone forgot to give this little monkey the "moms get to take a good, long, three-hour nap on Mother's Day" memo.  I snuggled with him anyway.

And the most awesome gift was from--ME--I bought myself beautiful baskets from D&B.  I have to say I love to buy my own presents--I get it perfect every time!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Baby overload.

We have had a newborn for one full month now.  One of these days I am going to write and think about something other than baby.  I don't think it will be any time soon though.  Sorry. I am just getting to the stage where I am {sometimes} glad to have the boys hold Jackson in the other room when they get home from school. I'm tired.  Really tired.  But really happy.

Jackson snuggles.  When he lays on the bed by me he curves himself up on his side and somehow scootches over.  He does it with Rustin too.

I have to say that even though I am exhausted (did I mention I'm tired?) I am really enjoying this little boy.

Is there anything cuter than a yawning baby?

The only thing that comes close is a thumb sucking baby.

My dentist father informed me today that the orthodontic people officially say that pacifiers are better on baby teeth than thumbs.  But I say a self-soothing baby beats all official positions.  That's what braces are for right? He does like a binky.  I guess we'll see how it goes.  I've never had a thumb sucker (but not for lack of trying...).

And last--we think little Jack is going to be blue eyed like his sister and Grandpa Hatch.  She is really more green now (so is Grandpa Hatch actually).  His eyes get lighter every day.  We brown-eyed people think it's awesome to see what the gene pool spits out.  Very fun.

Tomorrow-- pictures from the blessing day last Sunday.  If I get to it...

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Just for Cinco de Mayo!

How to make the perfect burrito...

First--grab one of these most awesome 'tortillas'--a big square 100% cotton muslin blanket.  It is pretty and light weight so you won't end up with a sweaty baby.  Fold down the top corner.  Fold it more if you have small babe less for a big one.

Second--Place your chosen filling in the center of the wrapping (you want the ears to be about level with the top of the blanket)and fold the corner over the shoulder, across the tummy and tuck snugly under the back (make sure it is smooth so the little one doesn't have to lay on bumps or lumps).

Third--Fold up the bottom.

Fourth--Pull the top right corner down over the shoulder (snug the little arm in close) .

Fifth--Here's where this awesome blanket comes in handy--use the left-over fabric on the right side and pull it UP and around the tummy and under the back keeping everything in place. 

Sixth--snuggle snuggle snuggle.
 and Enjoy!

**Ashlee thanks for introducing me to this blanket.  I love it so much I had to go get another one!