Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Alibis for my Absence

Besides raising 4 kids, this is what I have been doing besides NOT blogging.

1. Keeping up with this cute thing. She is now crawling and needs her mommy more these days.
2. Trying to keep both of these kids occupied and entertained during the day.
I might also add that my afternoon alone time is now limited due to Coleman laying in his bed for an hour and not falling asleep for nap-time (6 days out of the week). I am sure he is done with naps, which is really sad because for the last 6 months or so he was taking one almost every day. We will see what this month holds, although it isn't looking good.

3. Reading The Mortal Instruments trilogy (which I loved).

I am finding that I really love fantasy books, they are so entertaining. They are making the first one into a movie and I can't wait!

4. Swimming, running, and biking 5 days a week.

My training for a Mini Triathlon I am doing in St. George in April. I have wanted to do one for a long time. It is a really short one- a good place for me to start. I am really excited!

5. Washing, folding, hauling and putting away this every week. It seems to be growing more each week. I had to mention it because it is a HUGE part of my day.
6. Attending Nash's basketball games and practices.

7. Planning and attending scouting activities each week. Including the Pinewood Derby (pictures to come). Yes, I am a leader of the Wolf pack, and I really like it.

8. Decorating and trying to at least complete one room in the house. I am almost finished with Nash and Canyon's room.
A big step up from their purple room -2 years in the making. My boys wanted a "camo" room, so it was their idea. I thought of the pattern, and my sister-in-law was the one who helped me pick the colors and helped me lay it all out. I couldn't have done it without her. I think it turned out so fun! Next I need to complete the finishing touches on Paige's room.

9. Researching and shopping for healthier foods. We are trying to get in better shape around here. It has taken a lot of my time surfing the web and a lot of time at the store reading food labels. I am going to miss you white pasta, white rice, white flour and white bread. I am going to miss you Peanut Butter Crunch and Fruity Pebbles. I am NOT going to miss you chocolate because there is no way I would give you up-I just might not eat you as often (maybe).

I am also trying to come up with a different dinner menu. We are so tired of our spagetti, taco, lasagna, stroganoff, and BBQ chicken and rice menu. Anyone have any recipes they love? I would love any ideas in this area.

10. Playing Super Mario Bros. Wii with my boys. I love that game, it takes me back to the good old days.

11. Going on fun little outings with my little family. Here we are in Park City...
we stayed at Brandon's uncles condo. It was a nice relaxing weekend of sitting in the hot tub, eating yummy food, sledding and taking walks. We stopped in Midway to see the ice sculptures and eat at a local Mexican restaurant. Good times.

Hopefully I will make blogging more of a priority while continuing to do all the necessary things.


Jake Breen said...

Your family is so dang cute! Having one is so busy I really don't know how you do 4, your amazing. I'm due April 4th so I'm almost 32 weeks so I've got to make it another month atleast!

Sydney said...

Woah, you're a busy gal.

Paige has teeth! We're still waiting for those at this house.

You painted that camo room? Holy cow, you're amazing. I LOVE it. It looks amazing. tell me more about that table and those stools.

Good luck with the training, that's incredible!

Melissa (Catlin) Kiser said...

i just discovered a food blog that is magical. everything i've made from here is delicious. it's super fun to get your update!

LuAnn said...

I love the room! How fun. Good luck on your triathlon. They are a blast! What kind of bike did you end up getting?

Jen I said...

Yeah, you sound busy! That picture is crazy - it made me laugh when you said here we are in Park City, and then I looked at the picture - you look like you're on the planet Krypton or something! (Or wherever superman lives.)

I can't believe you did that room! You are far more ambitious than I will ever be!

Rochelle said...

Can I hire you to come and decorate my house someday! That is amazing.

I've missed your updates! :)

Holly said...

You are inspirational! Could you please bottle up just a few drops of that zip of yours and send it my way? I love your pictures of the kids-- such beautiful use of light. The boys room turned out awesome.

The Freemans said...

Sounds like you are as busy as ever!!! I still am in shock that Coleman is still taking a nap we seriously gave those up about the time I had Lainey so about 18 months ago!!! Lucky you...never easy when they stop...Mom becomes the entertainment again. Especially when everyone else is at school! Love your camo room...looks so to see what's going on!

Melissa Bigelow said...

You are such a cute mom! I am also addicted to Super Mario Bros. It is sapping too much time...but it at least it is time playing with my boys, right!?! We love it!

And how is your boys room not cluttery? My boys are the biggest pack rats! They save everything. Their room looks so nice and clean!

cute post. I love to see what you're up to.

The Larsons said...

What a fun update! Love the boys' room, and Paige is just the cutest!

ps, what kind of lens do you use most the time. I love your photographs!

Tara said...

Nick and Ben keep asking me if you will come paint their room camo like Nash and Canyon.

bevany said...

I can't believe you're training for a triathlon. You're crazy! Paige looks so cute with teeth...she's getting so big. I love how the boys room turned out. It looks great!

Andrea said...

I have been wondering where you have been. I can't believe that room. It is so cool and must have taken forever to map out. I'm glad I don't have to compete. I am so excited for your tri-athalon, I did one in high school and loved it. Have you been swimming? I just about died in the pool, sad to say I was the second to last out of the pool and had to play catch up the rest of the time. Make sure your goggles aren't too tight, my head was killing me! If you get a chance give me a call, my phone was eaten by my dog and I have lost your number. Miss you.

Krista said...

love the camo room, when you have time, come do my boys room. they would love that.

I am now a bear leader in scouts, and I am working on being able to say "I love it!" Not a huge scout fan, but I know the boys love it.

Paige is getting so big...glad to see you are enjoying every stage. You are such a cute mom.

Krista said...

oh yea....I am so excited for you to do a tri! I haven't been able to talk myself in to doing one of those yet.

I am however going to do the steeple chase again. You should do it with me, its in June. And I need to find a girl to do it with me, since Darren will be running it at his own pace this year. email me if you want me to give you the link to register! please please...j/k but you would love it, its such a beautiful hike and you would be doing it with me...good times!