Wow...where has the time gone? I'll tell you what I've been doing....I've been crazy busy with preparing for teaching at the Scrapbook USA Expo. Now that is done I need to put my house back together! ACK!
Here's a peek at the past 2 weeks.
March 8: For dinner, I had a craving for "Egg in Bread" like my Uncle Don used to make when we were kids. I really didn't know how to make it, and obviously I didn't do it right, but they still satisfied the craving for some nasty, greasy food.
March 9: We invited Grandma and Grandpa Lee to celebrate our goal of reading 1/4 of the Book of Mormon. We decided that we would go to dinner at Rubios and then ride Trax into town and go to Temple Square. We hadn't taken our kids to just look around at the displays at Temple Square for years. It was nice to spend time as a family, feeling the Spirit, and being able to re-emphasize to our children of the truthfullness of the Gospel. I am so grateful for a husband that is such a wonderful man and a worthy priesthood holder and for our children and the fact that our family is eternal.
March 10: You know you are definitely a Utah resident when you pretty much live in denial that winter is over and spring has arrived. We were treated to the first of what promises to be several late snow storms. At this point of winter, I want nothing more than to be outside, working in the yard and wearing my capris and flip flops. Unfortunately the Utah winters tend to drag things out.
March 11: Today Jana, Michelle and I put together 200 kits for my classes for the spring Scrapbook USA Expo. I really enjoy teaching, for the most part, and love that Jana and Michelle are always so willing to help put the kits together as it is a long, drawn own and tedious process. We do have fun and enjoy our sister time while making the kits and the bribery of buying them lunch is well worth it!
March 12: After about a month I finally finished up my railing painting project. I really love how it turned out and it looks great with our kitchen table. Now I need to decide what to do with our kitchen cabinets and get started on that project. Well....maybe I'll give myself a tiny break first!
March 13: Aaron loves to be artistic. To eliminate stress we wait until JM is sleeping before busting out the paints, or playdoh or toys with tiny pieces. Today Aaron chose watercolor painiting. I love watching him make people. They are my very favorite. I could have a house filled with his drawings of people and I would never quit smiling!
March 14: Today Uncle Don, Cousin Mike, Tracey and myself ran the Leprechaun Lope 5K up by Capitol Hill. I always forget how much I love running a race until I'm there...surrounded by the atmosphere and the other runners. It was a pretty tough course all in all...especially for someone just recovering from a foot injury. The first two miles of the course are uphill and the last 1.2 is all down. I have to smile because I genuinely beat Tracey. He was trying to beat me, but hit a wall and I came in just a few seconds before him at 30 min and 37 seconds.
March 15: There are days that it kind of hits me like a brick that I have a beautiful TEENAGE daughter. It is so strange to me to think that I was just a few years older than Maddi is now when I met Tracey. I look at her and don't ever want her to have boyfriends....let alone finding the person she will marry when she is 17! I love my Maddi girl. I love that we have grown so much closer together over the past few years. I love that she is my friend and my #1 text messager, and that they are such cute, random, silly, deep thought type text messages!
March 16: Although it surprises most people when they find out, I struggle with depression in a big way and have ever since I was a late teen ager. Today was one of my all time lows. I struggle the most with being a mom and all of the responsibilities that come with it. It is selfish, but sometimes I find myself filled with regret at the spacing of our children, as I sometimes want to just move on to the next stage in life. In fact, Tracey even came home from work at lunch today to check on me because he knew that I was deeply struggling. I know it has a lot to do with my attitude, getting enough rest and staying active. I am also grateful for the support of friends and loved ones, and ever so grateful that there is medical help. It makes me laugh to think of all of the years that I tried to just "get by" feeling like I was better than needing medical help. Now I realize how silly that was and what a blessing it is that I live in a day and age where help is readily available.
Oh and for the record....I do love my kids, and bottom line, I wouldn't trade anything about them for the world. Although, I wont lie! There are certainly horribly hard days along the road.
March 17: Today was St. Patricks Day. I love little holidays although we never tend to make a big deal out of them. We typically have breakfast for dinner on St. Patty's day and eat green eggs, and green pancakes.
March 18: I can't believe that JM is growing so big. Tonight I had to run to the store and buy some diapers. Even though he probably could have gotten away with size 4 diapers for another month or two, I figured it would be nice to have the extra pee catching possibility with the bigger diapers. He still seems like my little baby, but the truth is he's growing up and before I know it he wont be in diapers any more!
March 19: Today the exercise endorphines kicked in and I feel so genuinely happy. I tend to forget a little too easily how important it is for me to stay active. Even if I didn't lose an ounce, the mental health benefit is something that I need to remember that I NEED! It's so easy to get out of the exercise mode and then start to get down about lots of little things. When I stay active consistently I have a better handle on things and can deal with every day stresses in a much better way and honestly it just feels so good to be happy.
March 20: Today I taught classes for Polar Bear Press at the Scrapbook USA Expo. It's a crazy huge event where thousands of scrapbookers meet to shop, scrap and spend some more! My classes this time were not horribly huge which was actually kind of nice. Jana was my TA which was great. She always does such a great job!
March 21: I didn't buy much at the Scrapbook Expo as I haven't done much scrapbooking lately. However I did find this cute "camera bag" that actually works great for a new purse. I guess I'm kind of a purse junkie. I love to buy a cute new bag!
March 22: Today was Stake Conference so we were naughty and decided to have a family day at home. We have tried to go to Stake Conference in the past but it has just been so hard with the boys that we just decided to stay home. I had the urge to make my favorite cinnamon rolls from an Amish cookbook that I have. They are really involved and take the better part of a day to make, but oh so worth it when they are done.
March 23: Tracey and I have wanted a new TV for our bedroom for a very, very, VERRRRRRRRRY long time. We tend to watch a lot of movies on his computer while we lay in bed and are always complaining about how small the monitor is. We made out with a nice tax refund this year so we decided to splurge a tiny bit on a new TV. Nothing way fancy, but certainly does the trick! In fact tonight Aaron was happily watching Spongebob in our bed so that Tracey and I could watch 24 in the basement in peace!