Friday, November 30, 2007
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Shut brother up in the box, unsecured, on top of a skateboard
Send brother zooming down the driveway in the shut up box.
See Mom, he is totally fine and He LOVED it!!
And God always replies, "Because those boys always hold a special place in their heart for their mamas, and they needed a strong willed woman like you to handle them."
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
The crib will be going here - right where the art table currently is. So the bedding will be in a dark wood crib against these dark/light blue walls. (Wall pictures/mirror will change)
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
Back to school, the children went. Waking sleeping children who have had twelve days off is....difficult. Perhaps it was a little ambitious of me to send my staph infected child to school, but I wrapped it up nicely with gauze and an ace bandage and gave his teachers instructions (mainly, it is supposed to leak pus).
Anyhoo...Blake bundled himself up against the 30 degree windchill and rode his bike to preschool. He told me that preschool was okay, but playing video games at home with dad is better (whoops, mental note, tighten the video game policy).
Instead of lounging on my couch sipping hot chocolate while the little darlings were being educated, I de-pooped the backyard, raked leaves, fertilized the lawn, and winterized my patio set. I also replanted two azeleas and one fern plant. I suppose that I needed a little garden therapy.
Both children came home by 3 with smiles on their faces, only to match the smile on their mother's face. As I've said before, I love sending them away and I love welcoming them home.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Jackson was put on oral antibiotics yesterday, as well as instructions to put very warm compresses on the infection twice a day as well as a prescription topical antiobiotic cream. We go for a re-check on Monday.
In the future, if a small cut or bite gets redder and bigger and more swollen after one week, good idea to start watching for staph. When it starts to get the white and black pus balls on it - go to the doctor. Red streaks running up and down from where the original infection site is - not good. Take yourself to a hospital.
What would Thanksgiving be without broken body parts and potentially fatal skin infections?
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Personally, I love any excuse to break out the china, crystal, and silver. This year, I made the entire meal and I had really low expectations. Everything turned out way better than I expected! the only thing I would have changed would be the dress code. I was way too wrapped up in dinner to think about the ragamuffins my boys looked like. China, crystal, and sweatpants - gotta love us Deshazers!!
I found that the dogs were a big part of the gathering/celebration/sleepover.
Lots of Cesear Milan/Dog Whisperer techniques were utilized (Tssssst!)
Lots of dog humping (Yoda).
Lots of puppy playful crazy running about the place (Chili)
Lots of "No!!" (from all nine members of the family directed at the dogs)
Lots of jingle jangle bells (dog collars jingling as the dogs run around the house - only to be promptly removed by me, the highly hormonal pregnant woman who was fixing Thanksgiving dinner)
Lots of shooing dogs off furniture.
Lots of speculation over who went poop when and where.
Lots of vacuuming of the carpet because of the large clumps of black fur on it (chili).
Lots of side comments over whose dog was misbehaving and when (mostly coming from the children to the adults)
But most of all, lots of love and affection from our four legged friends. What would the holidays be without the dogs??
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
but I always had finals to study for, and final papers to write and re-write, and children to clean up after, and a family to cook for, and parents and students of the classes I taught to deal with, and not enough in the bank account to stress about, and holiday parties to sometimes go to, and plane trips to see the Utah extension of the family, and then before I knew it....
Christmas was here and I was not done with my shopping.
Well folks, today I can honestly say, that I am D-O-N-E with my gift shopping. Thanks to plenty of time to figure out lists and check them twice (because I am not in school or working), child watching help (Nana was here this past week), and a husband who is zero-ing on the deals at Costco.
Now, the rest of the holiday I can look forward to the traditions that make it count.
Friday, November 16, 2007
Today I was playing a memory game with Blake and the first round, he beat me hands down. So the competitor in me starts to warm up a bit and by the third round of memory, I caught myself playing the game for keeps. After getting five matches in a row, I yelled, "Ah-HA!! Eat that!!" I looked up at Blake's face, saw the disappointment in his eyes, and felt like the biggest lurch. I mean, come on Shannan, it's okay to let your four year old win the game of memory. Because, as we all know, there will be a day when you are truly trying to win and you won't be able to for the life of you. Let the boy win.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
All that to be said, I just found out last night (don't know what rock I've been hiding under), that the boys don't have school ALL NEXT WEEK. We just had four days off school for Veterens' Day and now they don't have school Nov. 17 -Nov. 26. In case you don't have your calenders in front of you, that is TEN WHOLE DAYS that they both will be home. What the????
The only way to solve this upcoming situation is to seriously schedule us some recreational activites. There are only so many days that you can spend in your PJs.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Okay, you were a serious Bad A** if you listened to RATM, but when a boyfriend broke up with you, you and your best friends on the cheer squad singled him out after the football game and blasted several songs at him. If you are laughing at me, remember, I grew up in SLC, Utah - Rage Against the Machine was hard core!
The Violent Femmes - no one would admit it, but everyone loved to listen to them. I can't believe our Jr. High bus driver let us play it over the stereo.
I just realized it, I am such a dork. But a cool dork, if you will.
Monday, November 12, 2007
"These are days you'll remember.
Never before and never since, Ipromise, will the whole world be warm as this.
And as you feel it,you'llknow it's true that you are blessed and lucky.
It's true that you aretouched by something that will grow and bloom in you.
These are days you'll remember.
When May is rushing over you withdesire to be part of the miracles you see in every hour.
These are days.These are the days you might fill with laughter until you break.
These days you might feel a shaft of light make its way across yourface.
And when you do you'll know how it was meant to be.
See the signs and know their meaning.
It's true, you'll know how it was meant to be.
Hear thesigns and know they're speaking to you, to you."
Indeed, today, to the core of my soul I feel like these are the days that those lyrics describe. I'm really happy.
Friday, November 9, 2007
Jeremy: "Come on boys, let's go catch some mice that live in the garage".
Both boys (jumping up and excited): "YESSSSS!!!!!!!" (And off they scurry to the garage for a little while.
About an hour later......
Both Boys: "Mom, we caught three mice!!! Please come out and see.
Me (from reading my book on my bed): "No, that's okay, I don't really want to see them. Just make sure you don't put them on the top of the trash when I open the trash can."
Boys: "Okay! Boy, that was fun Dad!!"
But I'm with Jeremy's mom, it would be nice to bond with a name - sooner rather than later.
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
I went to Home Depot and found glass shades (found in lighting dept) - they match the frosted glass shades in our new bathroom vanity and were about $5 each. Bought a can of rustoleum white spray paint. (formulated for metal).
I covered every surface of our bed and furniture with a drop cloth. And just sprayed away.
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
We decided that this freezer is an immediate need b/c the fridge that came with our house has a teeny tiny freezer at the bottom of it. The Costco freezer packs of meat, fruit, veggies just barely fit in there.
Now the reason why I find this purchase so ironically funny is because of this. There is this movie called "Mona Lisa Smile" that came out a few years back. I'm sure that you either saw it or heard about it (Julia Roberts movie). Story about 50's era women who are about to graduate from an all women's college and have to make the choice to be either a housewife or be a housewife. Julia Robert's character encourages them that they don't have to make that choice, but instead, can choose to go to Yale law school or travel the world and stay single. Okay, this movie was just another Hollywood shout-out to the women's movement. But there is one scene in the movie that always gets me. It's where Julia Stiles character goes and visits Kirsten Dunst's character (who is recently married) and the most exciting thing! that she absolutely has to show her! is her ......drum roll..... New Washer and Dryer!!! I swore that I would never have the most exciting thing that happens to me involve getting a new appliance. Or else I would have turned into that stereotypical housewife.But here's the thing....
that was before I had children....who are boys....who eat a lot of food and get really smelly and dirty and need their clothes cleaned frequently. And I have another boy that is on the way. And if you are going to serve them healthy and fresh food - you need appliances that can store and prepare the food. I've began making lots of things in bulk that I need freezing. Now, I know that many of you who have large families laugh at my transition into larger appliance land, but for me, it is quite significant and quite funny that this has become a desperate need and want.
Now wait until next month, when I sell my small car for a minivan. I've, indeed, crossed over to the other side.
Monday, November 5, 2007
Friday, November 2, 2007
I just casually wandered into target.com about
one hour ago.
My poor neglected children; there goes my mom of the year nomination.
Thursday, November 1, 2007
I know this is true in many a household, but once Halloween hits, you may as well just hit the snooze button and see everyone after New Year's. In our house, we have an especially condensed holiday schedule. It goes: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Chili's birthday (12/14), Christmas, Jackson's birthday (12/28), New Years, Blake's birthday (1/2) and then my brother-in-law and mom's birthdays round up January. It is a very busy time.
This year I'm hosting Jeremy's family for Thanksgiving - thus the time deadline on many of our projects- so there goes November. I also want to cram a holiday trip to Utah since I won't see my family on the actual day. There goes December.
All that to be said, I already feel behind. My house is literally a complete disaster right now. Between project blitz Oct., having weekend guests, volunteering at J's school, exercising daily, walking the dog, getting everything ready for Halloween, and making sure dinner gets on the table each night, I have completely neglected my poor house. My house could not be more of a disaster right now. And I'm sitting in my office listening to calm music and avoiding it all. I don't know where to beging because almost every room in this house needs some cleaning. Yuck. Wish I could trick my kids into cleaning like my cousin heather did.
Okay, off I go.... I think I'll start by checking to see if my bed is still comfortable.