Saturday, September 26, 2009

Not your average cruise

Steve and I used the money we made from being “Lab Rats” a few months ago and went on a child-free get-away cruise. We went with Steve’s brother, Devin, and his wife Lena. The highlight of the trip was definitely snorkeling on Catalina Island. The 2nd evening aboard was the formal dinner….Steve and I both got Lobster (Steve ordered 2).

The rest of my cruising experience was not quite what I had expected it to be. I was diagnosed with influenza and was quarantined to my room and instructed to wear a mask whenever Steve or anyone else was in the room. So I sat in my windowless 12x12 ft rocking dungeon for 3 days and 3 nights (which were all the same to me since there was no daylight anyway). No internet, no connection to the outside world. I’ve still never been to Mexico, but now I can say I was only 50 feet away on a boat from it…that counts right?

Our cruise WAS PREVIOUSLY free to us since we had paid it off by being lab-rats….until we got the medical bill from the ship which was more than cost of the entire cruise itself. YIKES!

I have to say that I’d rather have the flu any day over severe sea sickness. I was counting my blessings. Give me any sickness in the universe over nausea any day of the year. Too bad I had to come home to discover my girls had it too!

Friday, September 25, 2009

H1N1 Any1?

Yup. We've got it. Confirmed Swine Flu. Kiera also has Sinusitis and Croup. Steer clear.

To make our day even MORE fun, I found Kiera drinking a bottle of Tylenol.

Got back from a cruise today. More later.....

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Why I'm far from perfect

I have a quote on my wall from Gordon B. Hinkley; It says: "Try a little harder to be a little better". I love that quote and believe it to be a great bit of advice from a prophet of God.
However, I have been recently thinking about how we women tend to compare ourselves to others. We look at our top 10 friends best qualities and imagine them into one imaginary person who is fabulous in every way: She is 110 lbs, ALWAYS looks perfect, exercises daily, she studies the scriptures both personally and with her family daily, she makes healthy delicious made-from-scratch meals, her kids can read by age 3 and are in college by age 12, she has a 2 year supply of food storage, she plays at least 3 instruments, she is thrifty, her house is always spotless, she volunteers 6 hours per week, goes to the temple weekly, does genealogy work,she keeps her 8 children's toys neatly organized in color-coded bins.....etc..
I'll have you know that this person does not exist. There may be people who have a few of these traits, but it just isn't possible to do it all. I guess it is a matter of prioritizing what is important to YOU.
I put on a nice show both in person and on the Internet to make you people think I'm put together. But so that you can all feel better about yourselves, here is where I cut corners and why I'm far from perfect(brace yourself).

1. I NEVER fold my baby's clothes nor my undergarments-- and I never plan to.
2. I only make my bed about every other day (why is that such a high priority anyway?)
3. I check my email more than I read my scriptures (need to work on that one).
4. I don't bother doing my nails or washing my car.
5. One of my new years resolutions this year was to spend 20 minutes per day of 1:1 time with kiera teaching her something. So far, I'm failing and I'm lucky if I do it once a week.
6. I probably only floss twice a week (don't tell my dentist husband!)
7. I don't have one drop of artistic talent. I can't even doodle.
8. Sometimes if I see something is dusty as I'm walking by I'll take off the socks I'm wearing and dust with them (but only if I haven't been wearing them long).
9. I say "no" to extra volunteer opportunities at this point of life. Good for the school for making blankets for the kids at the hospital. It is a good thing to do, but by saying "yes" to them I'd be saying "no" to quality time with my children.
10. Sometimes I give up and feed my 2 year old cold cereal for dinner

There, I hope you all feel better about yourselves now. I bet many of you are better than me in many aspects!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Sibling Rivalry

90% of the time, if Kiera is playing by herself you'll find her right here: sitting att he kitchen table with all of her princess stuff on top. Why? Because it is the only place that little Lydia can reach her stuff. She has a absolute fit of Lydia touches any of her beloved princesses. (It is also a pain for me because I have to clear the table before every meal). Whenever I suggest/offer Kiera anything it goes something like this
"Kiera, would you like some Mac and Cheese for lunch?"
"Lydia no have Mac and Cheese!"
"Kiera shall we go feed the ducks?"
"Lydia can't come feed the ducks!"

I hope we grow out of this phase soon.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Prepping for food storage and interior decorating on a budget

Call me crazy but this is the newest addition to my kitchen (doesn't it make a great bar? All I need is barstools!) It is a deep freezer I bought from Lowes. I sold a few things I didn't need anymore off of craigslist and I took the plunge and made the major purchace. NOW I'm getting serious about food storage. Steve was quite sceptical about it, but I used the argument that a living prophet has asked us to get food storge starting with a 3 month supply of foods we eat. I guess I could be wrong, but I find it impossible to store 3 months worth of food that we regularly eat without a deep freezer. So, it was the PROPHET who wanted me to buy do you argue with that? : )

Other advantages are the fact that I can stock up on foods when they are on sale, and that I'll never have to run to the store for a single ingredient in order to cook something for dinner. Also, I plan on doubling all my dinner recipies for a while and freezing half of it so that I can have instant dinners on those crazy days... oh and I can also fill my freezers with dinners for times of life that are more difficult than others.....
I'd say I'm well on my way to achieving my 3 month supply. I now have all of the tools and plans I need to do it and now I just need to start stocking up.
One damper I've had on my food storge is Lydia being alergic to powered milk. I started using it to repace milk in all of my baked goods, but now I can't since Lydia is alergic to it. Too bad. I'll have a 3 month supply of food except for soymilk-- can't store that : (

I love to take UGLY discarded furniture and turn it into something attractive. My neighbors down the street were getting rid of 2 of these 70's looking cabnets with yellowish paint and brown windows. I volunteered to take them off their hands. I added some paint and fabric and (drum roll) I have a 2 beautiful pieces of furniture that I love to have in my bedroom. Most of the furniture in my house is furniture I found sitting by the side of the road with a sign that said "free" that I've resurrected with some paint and/or fabric. I guess it just helps me to feel like I'm doing real decorating (which I'd LOVE to do if we had $).

More of my decorating with fabric (it is CHEAP so I do it)

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Just another day at the beach

Last friday it was disneyland. This friday it was beach. After school we drove for 50 minutes to Laguna Beach (my new favorite beach if I have kids in tow).

One fun thing about this beach is the tide pools. They are literaly "crawling" with sea creatures. Very fun to check out.

I let Kiera bury me in the sand up to my neck. Lydia thought it was fun to sit on my face or to sit on my chest and put sand on my face. I'm still finding sand in my ears and hair 24 hours later.

lydia liked the water...but of course Kiera was scared of it.

One of the things I love about this beach is that you can park right next to it and that the sidewalk goes right up to the beach (you can see it in this picture). No hauling kids and tons of stuff aross acres of sand!

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Just another day at disneyland

On friday we ventured to Disneyland in the 110 degree heat with our season passes (which were by the way given to us). Just as we pulled in the parking structure Kiera vomited everywhere. I washed out her clothes and put them on her again (she was dry in 10 minutes) and she was fine the rest of the day. Usually Kiera vomits from heat exhaustion (and refusal to drink fluids) on the way home. But this time I got smart and drenched my girls about once every hour to keep em cool. Here is a typical day at disneyland for the Nelson family:

We arrive at 4:30pm since we can't leave for disneyland until after steve comes home from school. First we have to do the favorites to get Kiera warmed up. Teacups and small world. Usually followed by dumbo or some other high-excitement ride.

Of course we have to go see princesses. Saying goodbye is hard..for some.

Another favorite ride is Jungle Cruise although Kiera and Lydia both get a bit nervous in parts.

8pm- girls fall asleep in stroller as we head back to our car. All tuckered out after going on about 10 rides.