Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Some Good deals

We went to Sam's Club today and stopped by their "As-Is" corner. Immediately, 2 things caught my eye--2 big boxes of size 3 diapers. Annalisa wears size 3. The boxes were kind of beat up, but the diapers are just fine, and they were $15 each. For 200 diapers! They're normally $30 apiece! We scooped those up very quickly. Cody noticed a set of 400 thread count sheets, 2 complete queen size sets, for $45. Considering we just lost a set of sheets to the wear-out monster, and we only had 1 set, it was good timing, and a good deal. Pretty cool.

The other cool deal we got was 2 tickets to see Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince on July 14. If you're an avid HP fan like me, you'll notice that the movie doesn't release until July 17. That's right, it's an advance showing. I am SO excited. Not only do I get to see Harry Potter early, but I get an awesome date with my husband--a double with Sara and Eric too. Rock, Rock on.

Oh yes, and Anna is cute. That's why you get some cute pictures of her today. It is also 1 week until Lee's third birthday. He is way excited. He sings "Happy Birthday For Lee" all the time. Also, in all of his prayers now, he remembers to say, "Thank you for Olive-chokes." Whatever that is.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Man, this is hard!

As many of you may recall, I've recently finished my novel that I have been working on for about eighteen months. It was so exciting to finish, and after a lifelong passion for writing (and I mean lifelong, just ask my mom), I can't explain the thrill I felt to finally have a manuscript, completed, that I was really proud of. I've always had a goal to get published, and this felt like my first real opportunity to do so.

I sent a bunch of you my manuscript to edit, and I really REALLY appreciate all the hard work you've done so far. Thank you so much for your time and patience, and I have taken all your suggestions and corrections into account. The novel is so much better already, thanks to you.

I took a few weeks away from the book to re-group my thoughts and distance my emotions, to prepare for the long and arduous process that is editing and publishing. Now I'm trying to get started on it again. I've spent a few hours already in the public library doing research, and many more hours online with more research. All sources say publishing is hard, so stick to it.

The hardest part of publishing so far has turned out to be the motherhood aspect. I don't have the time I need to really focus on it. Every time I sit down at the computer to compose a query, or to research out agencies, or to edit my book, I have to stand right up again because (most recently) Lee rubbed lotion all over the bathroom and his body, or Anna fell over and is screaming mad, or Anna wants to nurse, or Lee decides it's snack time and starts dumping all my spices together in a big pot.

All I can do for now is keep plugging away, even if it's fifteen disjointed minutes a day. At this rate, it might take me ten years to get it done, but it is a love of mine, and I'm nowhere near ready to call it quits. In the meantime, anybody know someone wanting to publish or represent an unpublished author's romance novel?

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Celebrating with Sara

Monday was my little sister Sara's 20th birthday, so yesterday (yes, a day late,) we went to party with her. We went to my parent's house and helped them make dinner, so when Sara came home from work, we could sit down and eat. The kids were highly entertaining, and my dad got the giggles several times.

Lee helped stir up the "Potion"--homemade rootbeer. Annalisa crawled around on her tippy-toes and practiced her standing. She also randomly lets out little happy squeals, which was particularly funny.

When Grandma caught Lee running to a corner to do his business, and rapidly escorted him to the bathroom, he started yelling at the top of his lungs, "No! It's Alright! It's Alright!"

Anna sat in her highchair happily for over an hour, munching her graham crackers, potatoes, carrots and (shh) a tiny little bit of chocolate cake, which mostly wound up in her hair.

Lee also loves singing Happy Birthday. As soon as the song is over he always blows out a huge breath of air. I think we'll be ready in less than two weeks when it is finally his turn.

Happy Birthday, Sara! We love you.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Pantless Lee, as always

Yeah, we've been having troubles keeping pants on this kid. Part of the potty training experience, I suppose. But at least he is singing a cute song!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's day

Our dad is SO cool. We love him so much. He is handsome and smart and very hard working. He is optimistic and loves playing with Lee and Anna. Happy Father's day dad, we love you!

We love you too, Grandpas, Uncles, Brothers, and Cousins. We hope you feel special and loved on this day, because you are special and loved!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

P.T. post #11

We've hit another potty-training plateau. Lee goes whenever we take him, but won't take himself. I wonder if it is too hard for him, or if he just doesn't choose to? At least he knows what he's supposed to do, and does it willingly. Humph.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Can you guess why we are sad?

DQ swirl-girl

Yay! She's not bald any more!

And by the way, those aren't tears in her eyes; she just came out of the bath. Hence the no clothing.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Of stinkbugs, mountains, and anniversaries

We're back from our vacation! It was a good time. Cody and I had a really nice date on Saturday. We hiked around the ranch, went hand fishing and got a couple of tasty trout for dinner. We cooked it in the fire along with sweet potatoes, broccoli, and biscuits (each in their own pouch). Mom and dad S. took care of Lee and Anna.

Sorry, I was bad about using the camera while we were gone. But I did get a few fun pictures, and this fantastic video of Annalisa demonstrating her "stinkbug" crawl. It took me several tries to get it on camera, so be grateful. :)On the drive in, we drove over Cedar Breaks. I haven't taken that route before. It was gorgeous, really breathtaking, but I'm not a big fan of heights, and was scared to death the whole time. At the top they have a visitor's center and you can take a little hike (very very little) to the drop-off. This is as close as I would get to the drop off. You can see behind me the edge of the mountain--it's a sheer drop from there about 500 feet straight down. Scary!

Yesterday (June 14) was our 4th anniversary. We went to church, had a nice dinner with mom and dad, and then drove home. It was still fun to remember our wedding, and watch the clock and think about what we were doing 4 years ago. Congratulations to Cody and I!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Out of Service

On Monday our internet went out suddenly. We felt crippled without it--Cody's home-based business slowed down, and my blog addiction left me with withdrawal.

To catch you up really quick, sorry, no plug for pictures right now:
It's been a stressful week. I taught an Enrichment class on Wednesday on wheat. I had lots of food to prepare and research to do, and of course, all my recipes were on the internet. :P Thanks again to Mom F. for letting me use the house when I needed it so much!

The class went really well; there was good turn out, and lots of questions and group participation. In the end, I had almost everyone there come talk to me and thank me for the information, and compliment the food. It was lots of fun, lots of work, and now I'm really glad it's done.

Yesterday we held Cody's sister Kami's bridal shower. I was doing the food, with help from mom S. and Trisa. It was lots of fun. Sheila did the games, and all of them were so cute! Of course, Raychel and I were averting disaster (or cleaning up disaster) up until mere minutes before the party...like Lee exploding out of the back of his Pull-ups, Shayden falling down the stairs, and we still managed to have everything ready by 6:30. The party was a hoot.

Now we're going down to Southern Utah for a long weekend to celebrate our anniversary. It should be lots of fun. (If I can get a nap, that is :D )

I will post pictures, movies, and plenty of giggles for you as soon as we get home. Hopefully our internet will be working....gr....

Friday, June 5, 2009

Irreplaceable you

Warning: Lisa musings ahead. I know I've mentioned this situation to several of you.

A wonderful sister in my ward, Sally, has been my friend since I moved here. Two weeks after Annalisa was born, she gave birth to her fifth child, a baby named Paul. After, she struggled with post-partum depression, and then each of her children became sick, one after another, for six months. About a month ago, she suddenly became extremely ill with random seizures. The doctors think they were induced by stress, so her best remedy has been to stop everything. She's had babysitters, family members, and ward members take her children for all but a few hours each day. She's had meals brought in, her house cleaned, her errands run, everything. I've been fortunate enough to help her out on multiple occasions--I've taken their family a meal, and babysat twice. It really is a privelege; Sally is so sweet, so dear, so hard working, that to help them in their time of need is a blessing.

It's made me ponder, though, at how important each of us are. It has taken at least thirty women from our ward, not to mention family members and other friends, to replace just one mother. Wow! We still don't do as good of a job as she does. Often, I feel like what I do is menial, mindless, and maybe even unimportant. But this situation with Sally has helped me understand that nobody can replace me, I am the best mother for my children, and I am very, very special.

And the same can be said of all of you. The work we do, as mothers, women, and individuals, cannot be done by anyone else. We are irreplaceable!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Dear Journal

Lee's vocabulary now includes some hilarious phrases that I don't want to forget.

Good job, everybody!
I want Ol-loves, please.
I don't want to wear a diaper, anymore.
Anna, do you need to clip your fingernails?
Mommy, I want to go to the park, please, Sure Lee?
I'm happy now, I'm not grumpy anymore.
Come on Daddy, let's catch a fish.

Annalisa, now at age 8 1/2 months, has 2 little teeth. They're sharp! My nursing routine is changing rapidly. I have to wait until she gets pretty hungry, because otherwise she just fools around and ends up biting me like a chew toy. Not pleasant. She is an incredibly determined, inquisitive, and observant baby. She plays with toys and imitates Lee or I. She is a happy girl, and is starting to show major interest in solid foods. Our little baby girl is now our precious tank-baby, on the verge of toddlerhood.

Cody and I are planning a vacation to Washington DC the first week of September. We have never gone on a vacation like this before. We've only ever visited family, rarely left the state, and never spent more than a few hours away from the children. Even our honeymoon was just a few nights at a local B&B. This will be a huge shock to our systems, but hopefully be really good for both of us.

Right now I'm blogging through my mid-afternoon hunger. I find the most temptation to eat poorly comes at 3 pm and 8 pm. I don't think I'm the only one who feels this way, considering the berjillion snacks and commercials for said snacks that talk about the 3 o'clock lull, and the nightime cravings. I, then, along with the rest of America, have to find something to get my mind away from food long enough to make it until dinner time. Today, that "something" is blogging. Which is why I'm writing longer and longer sentences, and finding newer, more obscure, and less interesting topics. Come on, Lisa, you can do it! See, you've made it a half hour already....

Monday, June 1, 2009

Lots of things going on

June is here, and we are already in our busy summer days. It seems like every week we have another family get-together, reunion, project, or something going on. It feels fantastic--we love spending time with our family and friends, and we are super excited for all the fun things still coming up over the next few months.

These pictures were taken over the past weekend. We set up our kiddie pool and played in the yard--super fun! Who needs the water park when you've got sprinklers and daddy to splash you?

Also, this weekend we smoked some pork roasts up at Mom and Dad F's house. So fun, and soooo good!