Sunday, May 12, 2013

Dusting Off The Cobwebs!!! Echo...Echooo...choo...oo!!! I am Ba-ack! After a little over a year of a blog break. I am back! I will not be posting daily but my goal is to at least post once a week. I didn't take a break because my boys quit being funny, or life quit happening, or I became Amish, I just couldn't figure out how to balance working full time and being, mommy, wife, Relief Society counselor, maid, cook, scout taxi....While "we were on a break" (I know you just had a FRIENDS flashback) I thought many times, "Oh, I should blog that!" but then I would go on with my day and by the time kids were tucked in I was tuckered out! JC and I were having a talk about finding joy in our lives and finding what activities we enjoy doing because life has fallen into a very predictable, very boring rhythm of sleep, eat, work, eat, work, nag boys, eat, repeat and I was feeling trapped and frustrated and I was taking it out on JC. JC asked what I really enjoy doing, while I was thinking on it a few things came to mind. First was that I enjoy eating cooking, but not the 30 pounds I have gained. Second I enjoy running, but not the sore knees. I enjoy reading, and I have been doing a lot of it but still feel no relief from the frustration. The more I thought on it the more I realized I needed to write, I enjoy writing. I have an outlet for my sarcasm, I have a record to be used as blackmail, I have a record to look back on when I miss the little boys that are quick becoming little men, I have an excuse to be crammed into our tiny little, hot, stinky office with my four boys and my man who continues to startle me every time he randomly screams at his computer, did I mention it stinks in here? (Note to self, figure out how to blog from your phone, and remember to be thankful for WiFi)  I know I may have lost a lot of readers over the last year I hope you all find your way back.  I will try not to be a flake blogger anymore. I feel like I should say, Forgive me blog world for I have sinned, it's been 13months since my last blog. 

Seriously, someone find some air freshener!

Some funny things that have been said that I actually wrote down to blog but never did...

Rub:  It's hot in here!
Me: That's because you're so cute.
Rub: Not that kind of hot.  I mean sweaty hot.
Me:  What other kind of hot is there?
Rub:  The kind where you do this, *puts one hand on his hip and the other behind his head and winks*
Oh my!

At Christmas time...
Rub:  Mom I want a baby sister for Christmas.
Me:  Really?  Is that what you are going to ask Santa for?
Rub:  Yeah, or maybe we could just go to the orphanage and see what we can pick up.

On our way to church...
Rub:  That truck is going slower than a snail.
Dub:  Uh Rub, it's a Ford.

See you next week!  Same time, same place!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

If You Give A Man A Fish

While driving home from school on Friday Dub was upset that he could not find the quarter he left in his booster seat that morning. Rub said, " I gave it to a poor man who has nothing. No home. No family. No food. No job.

Warren said, "Well then he needs to get a job and get his own quarter."

Friday, March 2, 2012

Who's The Adult?

While I was at work Vootz left me this voicemail. "Hi mom, it's me. I'm just letting you know that you need to go to the store and pick up Clorox wipes, toilet bowl cleaner, we are really, really extremely low on Windex, maybe get some breakfast, cereal, waffles, we need carrots, milk and bread and maybe some lunch meat would be a good idea. Okay. Bye.

So I went to the store on my way home. I came home with two cheese pizzas, 1/2 gallon of vanilla ice cream, 1/2 gallon of Old Savannah Caramel ice cream, 1 pound bag of M&M's, package of Oreos, box of brownie mix, Hershey's syrup, rainbow sprinkles, whipped cream and a pair of generic Spanx.

Don't judge me.

Friday, December 2, 2011

The Measure of a Man

The boys are very excited to be "growing up" and turning into young men. It is happening much faster than I would like. They are continually examining themselves for more hair, more muscle, more manliness. Vootz in particular is pretty impressed with his height of five feet-two inches. He takes great pleasure in being taller than his aunt who stands four feet-eleven inches four feet-eleven AND one half inches. The other day I heard Buzz exclaim, "Dude! You're almost a man! Look! You're almost as tall as the laundry!" I am not sure what is more depressing, that Vootz is five feet-two inches tall or that my laundry is taller.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Ch Ch Ch Changes

This has been one of the longest weeks of my life! I have had a BIG secret to keep all week long. Every time someone would ask me how I am doing I would have to dance around my answer. Tears would well up, I would want to say I was okay, but was that really the truth? I was humbled, nervous, overwhelmed...but was I okay? I was moved to tears at the drop of a hat. I was dying while quietly listening to others speculations, when I knew the truth.

After several years of functioning beyond capacity our ward at church, along with another ward split to form a third ward. This happened two weeks ago. Last week just before conference started I got a phone call asking if JC and I would come in after conference to meet with the Bishopric. I had been teaching the six year olds and JC had been teaching the thirteen year olds. I knew that one or both of us would be receiving new callings. First they talked to JC. As soon as they asked him how his class was going I knew the reason we were there was not for JC, but for me. Then Brother Keller extended me my new calling and I was so overwhelmingly humbled that all I could do was cry. Eventually I was able to choke out an answer to him and he followed with good, don't tell anyone until after you are sustained next Sunday. YIKES! That is a BIG secret! I am a great secret keeper when it comes to other peoples lives, but my life I have to be able to talk about, get advice, reassurance. Have people understand that when I randomly start crying that I am not insane, just overwhelmed, and not in a billion things to do, don't know where to start kinda way. In a this is so humbling, are you sure you got the right sister Moncur, this is a lot of responsibility and I am not that responsible, what were they thinking kinda way. But I did it. I survived an entire week, I was sustained and set apart today and about two seconds ago given my first Sacrament Meeting speaking assignment not just as the second counselor in the Relief Society, but EVER. Now I have a talk to prepare so I need to quit rambling and get busy.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Heinz, You Know "Ketchup"

Okay, guess what? I have news people! Big, big news! Guess. Three chances. Ready. Set. Go.

No, I am not pregnant! Seriously, why is that always your first thought? Two more guesses.
No, I did not have the will power to stay out of the maple bars this morning, in fact I may have bribed a kid or two out of theirs, but you can't prove it so it didn't really happen. One more guess.
No, Mt. Laundry didn't avalanche down on me...yet.

Are you ready? I remembered my password to get on my blog! Yay me! I didn't forget my password! Confused? It wasn't that I forgot my password that I haven't blogged in so long, it was that I haven't blogged in so long that I didn't know if I would remember my password. But I did, so now I will blog!

First, Dub turned 6! The house was transformed into "The Bat cave" thanks to my sister in law, Aunt Nae. He had a great day preparing his birthday party while I was taking my Life Insurance exam. I can't believe he is already 6! After his party he took down all of his decorations and hung them in his room. For two weeks I could not open the door more than a foot because of the tangled web of streamers. Their room is finally back to normal. I still can't open the door more than a foot because like I said, their room is back to normal, which means there is a mountain of Lego's, action figures, blankets and pillows all over the floor.

School started and everyone is very happy with their teachers. So far everyone is doing great. Vootz and the rest of his sixth grade class spent a week at Camp KEEP and I survived! Buzz had a hard time. He cried every night at bed time and when Vootz came home Buzz wouldn't leave his side.

Vootz got his braces off!!! He is doing a LOT of smiling lately and I LOVE it! He still has one more phase to go but not for a while.

I am working again, hence the reason for the lack of blogging. Or at least that's my story and I am sticking to it. I am LOVING my job and I have a GREAT BOSS! I have been taking a lot of classes and tests, so I have turned into a stressed out, grouchy, basket case been a little tired. If you ever have an insurance need let me know. Even if you don't have a need and just want a really great quote, I can help with that too!

Now for the REALLY BIG news!! JC's last day at the fire department was today! He starts his new job on Monday!! He will be in training for two weeks and then life as we know it changes. We are both going to be very busy!

That's the scoop. Speaking of scoops, I need to tell you about my newest craving! I won't tonight, because I am on the verge of delirious exhaustion, but tomorrow I will tell you all about it!

Friday, August 12, 2011

The Happ's

Where does the time go? Buzz turned 9 the beginning of July. I made cake in a jar for his birthday/4th of July. They turned out super cute and of course I forgot to get pictures. This is the link I got the idea from. I did red and blue cake with white frosting, Americana sprinkles and Americana ribbons. We BBQ'd hot dogs and hamburgers, had macaroni salad, watermelon and root beer. Then we watched the fireworks and called it a night because JC had to work the next day.

I found a lump on the back of my neck at the base of skull that week. I figured it was probably just a swollen gland from fighting allergies or a cold, I had been pretty run down feeling and tired and thought a couple times that I was "catching" some kind of bug. The pain kept getting worse and eventually spread up the back of my skull and became pretty intense. I decided I should go get it checked out. I was diagnosed with mono and told that the reason I had so much pain and pressure in my skull was because all the lymph nodes back there were swollen up and putting pressure on optical and cranial nerves. So for the last month I have been resting A LOT. I did manage to keep up my studies and pass my insurance exam, but haven't managed to do much else.

Dub had his birthday this month. The night before his birthday I overheard him tell his brothers, "Boys, what do you have to tell me tomorrow?" Then he told his dad, "Dad, what do you need to tell me tomorrow when you get home from work?" JC said, "Dub what should you tell me tomorrow when I get home from work? If it weren't for me you wouldn't be having a birthday tomorrow." Dub's reply was, "Daad, mom did all the work." His Aunt Nae came to babysit that day so I could go do my exam. When I came home, they had totally transformed my house into Batman Party Central. He was so excited!

We are still job hunting for JC and have decided that we are going to quit being so stubborn about where we are willing to relocate and instead adopt the attitude, "I will go where you want me to go Dear Lord..." The boys are not on that same page yet. They do NOT want to leave their school under ANY circumstance. We have been very blessed that the school they attend has really wonderful staff that welcomes and encourages family involvement and we have not had any problem with the curriculum being too "dumbed down" or too "liberal". I am worried however that eventually our rather "conservative" staff we have been blessed with will not have a say in what they teach or don't teach. I am aware that moving (or at this point, thanks to our Governor, even not moving) could place us in a school that does not meet our educational standards or our moral standards and so I have been trying to research alternatives to the public education system to prepare myself for the ugly truth that not all school systems are created equal.

I have been trying to organize the chaos around here. It's amazing how much stuff one family can accumulate in six years. I sold a bunch at my mother in law's yard sale and took what I could not sell to the Goodwill. I still have plenty more to do and I am sure I will have plenty more to sell or donate. My goal is to be ready to move when and where we need to and start fresh and uncluttered in our new house, when ever and where ever that may be.

I took the boys to the Fresno Zoo this summer and was so surprised at how nice it was. It was cheap, quiet, shady and not crowded at all. The boys had a great time. I think the highlight of their day was getting to pet the sting rays. Dub was disappointed that their were no Rhinos, not because he wanted to see the Rhinos but because he wanted to see the ox pecker bird or the "tick bird" that sits on the rhinos back and eats the ticks. He told me all about them, even telling me they (the bird and rhino) have a symbiotic relationship. I told him that symbiotic was a great word and asked him if he could tell me what it meant. Of course he he looked at me like I was an idiot, huffed and rolled his eyes and then told me precisely what it meant. His brothers did not disappoint me with their knowledge either. Through out the day just dropping bits of information about animals and habitats that I had NO IDEA they knew anything about. My boys are pretty smart little cookies.