Saturday, May 31, 2008

My two boys


Since I gave them their summer haircuts, everyone has been commenting on how Gabe is a clone of Colin. Their heads are shaped very differently, but after taking away Colin's shaggy hair they definitely do look more alike. They even got matching sunburns at the pool yesterday.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Top Ramen for the Soul

I had to go shopping at Walmart today. With the boys. Which I loathe. Really. There is something about that store that makes them act like they hate each other and me. It was a big trip too - not just groceries, but diapers, and wipes, and hoses, and dishwashing detergent, and all that extra stuff that you only have to do every so often. I was ready to stick my kids in daycare by the time we got out of there. Then it started to pour on the way home. So do I extend the misery by dragging all fifty bags inside in the rain? Not today. I did multiple dashes over an hour or so with an umbrella, when I thought the rain was letting up, trying to grab the milk and other refrigerated items first (curses on the cashier for not bagging the milk or packing the cool items together). Have you ever heard how much I hate slightly warm milk? WITH A PASSION.
To get the heart-warming part though - I was dropping things off on my dry porch and running back to the car for more, when sweetheart Gabe starts carrying all the bags from the porch inside, with his "doing good" smile on his face, and carefully enuniciating, "Here mommy." I guess he doesn't hate me after all.
*Notice the lovely new wood floors that my wonderful wonderful Chad installed over the weekend with Sabina's father. They will be getting a post dedicated to themselves in the future, but I had to mention them now. My husband definitely loves me.

Food Thoughts

I have a couple of questions for all of you....

1. Has anyone ever seen a generic brand of Life Cereal? I haven't. Why is that? There seems to be a off-brand of just about every other popular cereal out there. Is the recipe really that mysterious that it can't be copied?


2. Do you like Top Ramen? What is your favorite flavor? Do you cook it the traditional way with all the water in, or do you do it the Jeppson-after-school-snack way and drain the noodles before adding the seasoning?
Before today I hadn't had Top Ramen in probably 5 to 6 years. Not because I don't like it, but because it's, you know, really not nutritious at all and has all that sodium. But I gotta admit that today, it just totally hit the spot. I have a cold and can barely taste anything, and it was raining, and my hot hot hot Creamy Chicken comforted me right through.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Just visiting!


When we went to visit Sabina at the the hospital the other day and I received my visitor's sticker, I realized there that I had absolutely no non-awkward place to put it besides my belly. My mom commented that it was probably a good place for it so that they would know I wasn't checking in. The nurses who saw it got a laugh out of it.


No folks, three more months of belly growing to go!!!!!!!! Watch out world!

Razzleberry pie anyone?

This is what someone what up to while the missionaries were giving us their little after dinner message.

Mystery Solved



Gabe locked himself in the toy room. You know those little key things that you use to open newer door knobs? For some reason the builders neglected to leave any of them in our house (in our previous house they left them over each door frame). Well, after living in our house for a couple of months I discovered that they HAD left behind a whole, brand new door knob, in the box, in the boy's bathroom. It had a key. By the way, we haven't been able to find any kind of key that works besides those stupid things, and I haven't been able to find them on sale at Lowe's or anything by themselves. So we only have one key.
And on the day that Gabe locked himself in the toy room, I couldn't find the key. And the door opens to the inside so I couldn't take it off they hinges. And he was freaking out.
So I decided to take the door knob off and try and open it that way. But, DUH, the door knob is what turns the thingie that opens the door, which I realized after Gabe had half of the knob on his side (see picture). Smart boy that he is though, I asked him to stick his half back through the hole and he did. With just his half in I was able to access the lock part with the screw driver and free the toddler. It was quite an ordeal.
I found the key on the computer desk the next day.
There, now you can sleep at night, knowing what that picture is.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Problem Solved

Men, this post probably isn't for you.

I'm sure you have heard the complaints before. Women don't like shopping for swimsuits. At least not the kind of women I choose to associate with. As bad as you think you have it, I swear to you that it is worse for me (and my sister Lindsey). Okay, maybe not, but it feels like it. You see, I have a weird body. My top half is one size (LARGE ) and my bottom half is another (just about "normal"). And there are basically two inches between the two of them. When you are talking about taking one continuous piece of clothing that is supposed to hug and support each separate part, well....it just doesn't work. I need a personal tailor. If the bottom half fits, the top half droops and exposes. If the top half fits, the bottom half is completely soggy.

Finding a suit that fits is bad enough, try finding one that is cute on top of it. Swimsuit companies think that anyone who wears a modest, size 8 one-piece with a little support is 65 years old and likes big tropical flowers covering their swim-dress. The noisier the better, because that noise makes people not notice the cottage cheese, right?

After wearing a not-too-hot one for about three years (a tankini altered by my mom, worn with girl board shorts), I decided to venture to the changing rooms again last summer. We were going to Florida on vacation and I had just lost ten lbs in our diet challenge with Bobby and Sabina. I was ready to enjoy the way I looked at the pool.

It was absolutely miserable. NOT ONE SUIT FIT. Not one. The old suit made the trip to Florida where it was worn every day next to Sabina's tinier and way cuter new swimsuit.

After the vacation, in June, I finally found a solution. Land's End makes special swimsuits for sad lots like me. Brilliantly, you can actually request a specific cup size, and they can be expensive, but I was ready to wear $90 to the pool every day if it meant I wasn't going to be falling out every time I went under water. I actually ended up finding an adorable suit last year one on clearance for only $20!!!!

Oh, how I love that suit. I was ready to wear it until it fell apart. But then I did the unthinkable and got pregnant. And dang-them-Land's-End doesn't make those special-cup swimsuits for mommies-to-be.

Some women spend the six months before summer getting ready for the pool - I spent it getting fat.

My pool opens tomorrow and I am 27 weeks along, which means that my whole last trimester will take place during swimsuit season.

A whole new set of swimsuit problems.

Never fear though, right? Because I am sure that when companies make maternity suits, they keep in mind that pregnant women need more support than ever up top.

YEAH. Right.

Nope. Same ol' problem. Not one maternity suit fit. And on top of that, if you normally hate the bright lights and mirrors of dressing rooms, it only gets worse when your shiny white stretchmarks are slowly turning purple again.

Here is the crazy solution I finally found today, just in time- I tried on a plus size and it fit perfectly. The first time I have just moseyed up to a rack at Target like a normal person, picked up a swimsuit that was on sale, and had it fit.

Turns out that all along my swimsuit problems would have disappeared if I was just a lot fatter on my bottom half. I will have to remember that next year during the six months before summer, when the Nutty Bars are calling my name. Maybe I will give in in the name of swimsuit shopping with the rest of 'em.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Since Bobby and Sabina (my brother and sister-in-law) don't have a blog.....

I get the honor of announcing the birth of.......

Liam Jose
7 lbs. 9 oz.
20 inches
born May 22, 2008





Guess what Evan?

Your baby brother Liam was born!!!
This really is the reaction I got when I told him the news! So cute. We, meaning my mom, Gabe, Colin and I, were at the garden with him when we got the news! Woohoo! I am will have to post pictures of the baby later.


I know these things freak some people out....




...but I think they are awesome! We got to have another ultrasound on Baby Boy yesterday, thanks to a previously low placenta, that has now migrated up and out of the way (woohoo!). He was much "cuter" now than at the previous ultrasound because he is starting to fatten up. He is over 2 lbs now! I had just had my glucose test drink, so he was super hyped up and kept crossing his arms over his face and scowling, plus the technician said he was folded completely in half, with his legs over his face as well, so it wasn't very easy to get a good look at his face.


From what we could see, I think he already has my scowl and nose, and Chad's chin. He definitely looks like a Coleman boy. Only three more months to go!


Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Does he look nervous?

Colin had his "beginner's day" for kindergarten last Thurday. All future kindergarters started off in the cafeteria where the principal talked to them a little and there was a uniform fashion show. Then everyone divided up according to language and went to their respective classrooms. As soon as we got in the classroom and the kids took a seat, the teachers started only speaking Chinese and instructed the children through a game.

Colin looked quite bewildered and overwhelmed, especially since he was at the front of the line for the game, but he really hung in there. He never really cracked a smile but afterwards told me that he loved it. Shhh, someone tell the girl behind him that the line faces the other way.

They went over the numbers in Chinese, and I started noticing that some kids were saying the numbers before the teachers were. I had already noticed that there were a lot of little girls that were obviously adopted from China, and then I noticed that they were the ones answering. How cool would that be to adopt from China and then be able to have them learn their language?

Afterwards we went to Panda Express (get it- Chinese food?) to celebrate.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Tag


Autumn tagged me...

The rules:
1. Pick up the nearest book (at least 123 pages).
2. Turn to page 123.
3. Find the 5th sentence.
4. Post the 5th sentence on your blog.
5. Tag 5 people.


"Under a pool of light stood three people, all dressed in green scrubs."
~Invasive Procedures, by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston


I haven't started this book yet - I just saw it on the shelf at the library the other day and picked it up. After linking to the amazon page and seeing the reviews I am a little scared!

I tag: Christie, Ashley, Lindsey, Kari, and Jamie

By the way, I totally thought I was avoiding the whole pregnancy-swelling-of- the-fingers-thing, but my fingers definitely look a little sausagey in that picture.

Suck it Forbes!


Check out this article.

Gee Whiz!




I just had to laugh when I found out that the supposed due date for Angelina Jolie's twins is Aug.19th!!! My due date is the 20th. In case you don't know, Audra and I want to be just like her (not really! she wrote a post about it, but I can't seem to find it), so even though I am not having twins, the two of us put together are doing a pretty good job of emulating her, don't you think?That picture to the right looks like me, too. Man, I am just too cool. Now to go woo Brad Pitt away from his partner so I can be more like her.....

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Spoil 'em rotten and send 'em home!






In case some of you don't know all about them, you should check out my brother Levi and his wife Audra, who are in Ethiopia right now adopting three kids.

Their other four kids are being cared for by a full-time nanny who moved into their house for the week. I got to go visit them today and take the oldest two out for awhile. My kids were very excited to have Nolan and Lettie hang out with them at the park. All four of them dug in the sand and ran around to their hearts' content. Then we took our sandy heads over to Chick-Fil-A. They were all so good for me! Fun times.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Birthday to Aaron!


He is 23 today!

What else does a mom need on Mother's Day?

(Lucky me though, because I also got a spotless house, a steak dinner, and an adorable card, all courtesy of my lovely kids and husband.)

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Colin's hole


Did you know that ALL kids love to dig?Seriously! Levi and I remember spending hours trying to dig tunnels to our neighbor's yard when we were little, so I know we were no exception, and neither is Colin or any other kid who has been to our house the last couple of months. We roto-tilled a large chunk of our backyard in preparation for a garden in March and just finished putting the garden in this week. In the meantime, Colin had a unlimited digging permit, and he took full advantage of it. The funny thing is that the hole got to a certain size probably the first day of digging and then never really got bigger after that, even though I can think of no less than 10 different kids who helped him with the hole. No kidding - cousins, friends, fellow preschoolers. They all jumped at the chance of digging in the hole! For awhile there I think we were the "cool" parents thanks to that hole!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Do you ever do this?



Okay, I know I am not the only mom who does this. Every once in awhile I will pull up some old pictures of my kids that I haven't looked at in probably a year or so, and I just absolutely cannot believe how adorable they are. It makes me just ache to have that same baby back for a few hours just so I can kiss their adorable baby cheeks and remember how they moved and sounded. I looked at some old pictures of Gabe today, from June 2005, and he was just absolutely scrumptious! It made me so excited for this next baby!

Mother's Day with Keiko Kasza


Have you ever read a book by the children's author Keiko Kasza? I recommend that you do. Two of my favorite books by this charming author would be wonderful Mother's Day presents. They are The Mightiest, and A Mother for Choco. Check them out!

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Never....


........send a pregnant woman to Walmart at 7:30 at night!


I'm just sayin'..........

Happy May Day!







I would personally like to see May Day celebrated more, so we had a May Day party at preschool today. Each kid got to plant a flower pot, we decorated cupcakes, and we had a parade with our mini-May-poles. It was so much fun!