Okay, so I kind of feel like I owe everyone a positive post after that sad one yesterday. :) My life isn't that bad, I think I'm just having a lot to deal with lately and there was one thing yesterday that just tipped the scales! But I'm doing much better today.

In fact, we got to have Eli's friend David come over today for a little while. That was a lot of fun. It's so crazy how boys get together and just feed off of each others' silliness. :) They got along great, which I was grateful for, because Eli tends to be much more of a loner than a socializer, and David is the complete opposite! So I am hoping that Eli's learning to play better with other kids and really be able to interact more. I guess more playdates should be on the menu in the future!

Eli's been saying such funny things lately. One of my favorites in when Nathan and I are in another room or something, he'll come running in the room and say, "Hi Momma, Dadda, what're you doing?" And he loves to pretend to fall on the ground and then waits for us to say, "Are you okay, Eli?" and he'll respond with "I'm okay!!" all enthusiastically. Too fun. Plus, he also loves telling people, "It's okay, _____" (whoever he's closest to), even if nothing is wrong. Sometimes I'll pretend to be boo-hooing and he'll come over and say, "It's okay, Momma." Melts me every time. :)

So yeah, today's a much better day. :) In fact, we even got a babysitter tonight so that we can go with Nathan's family to an Angels game. That will be lots of fun!

Hope you're all having a great Friday!


Do you ever just feel like you're being pulled in so many directions that all you want to do is sit down and not do anything? That is how I'm feeling today. I feel like there are so many things that I want to be doing in my life that I'm not doing. And it's because there are too many things to do and I end up not finishing anything, but working on fifty things at once.

Man, it's frustrating. Just trying to figure out what I can and cannot accomplish, what is truly important and what isn't, and what can wait until tomorrow and what can't.

I'm just frustrated and feeling like I'm a failure at doing anything. Man, I hate these kind of days.



Oh man, this weekend I am sick. I mean, achy-sorethroat-chestcough-phlegm-headache-grossness sick. I hate feeling like that, just tired and non-functioning. I feel like I want to sleep for three days and not have to worry about anything. Too bad I can't stop working or cleaning my house or doing laundry. That's just a mom's life, right?

Luckily, Nathan has been really great, letting me veg when I can while he mostly takes care of Eli and makes sure I take some medicine. He even let me indulge a guilty pleasure...

Okay, before I tell you what it is, you have to remember that I am sick. Really sick. So feel sorry for me first so that you can't judge me! LOL. :) My guilty pleasure is watching Grey's Anatomy from the beginning of season one. You see, I've never really watched the show before, but it has always kind of intrigued me. The problem with those types of shows (like Lost or Alias) is that if you haven't watched it from the beginning, it's hard to follow all the twists and turns and relationship details that everyone in season three takes for granted as general knowledge. I had heard from various places that there was a "McDreamy" and such, but I wanted to see for myself. :)

SO, I've been watching Grey's Anatomy. And I like it. Feel free to start making fun of me at any time. :) Really, though, it's a great way to watch a TV show -- from the beginning to get all of the backstory and get caught up. I did the same thing with Lost when I first had Eli, and now I'm a diehard fan. So yeah, I'd recommend it.

Anyways, I'm also currently working on my sister's wedding invitations and trying to get my Primary music for tomorrow figured out. Plus, Nathan's been given a cool, new, secret calling. I can't say anything about it yet, but it's pretty major. So be looking out for that announcement as soon as I'm cleared to make it. :) Needless to say, I'm proud of him.

I hope that everyone else is having a great Memorial Day weekend! We'll spend Monday at the in-laws, so that will be fun. We even get to meet Janae's new friend-boy. Can't wait. :)


Ohio Pictures

I'll have to preface this post by saying that my family is crazy. I mean, completely nutso!

So as long as you know that, then these pictures will be of no surprise to you!

The first ones up there are of Eli finding Grandpa's suit coat. (The very same one that contained his wallet, which he swore he had brought into the house. Alas, he is getting old, because it was tucked safely in the car, with his wallet all cozy in the pocket.) Eli liked to play "Where's Eli?" in that suit coat. Too cute.

This is Tom and Jeff being .... well, Tom and Jeff.
I suppose there's not a lot of explanation needed.

Angela and Eli hanging out upstairs.
Eli loved being able to see downstairs and would say,
"Oh Hi, Mama, what're you doing?" all the time from up there.
It was hilarious.

Here's Eli, just chillaxin' with his new friend Stewart Little.
Don't worry, Eli's a pretty good driver, even though Stewart's a bad example -- who puts their feet up on the dash like that??
(Oh yeah, I do that all the time....whoops, bad Mama!)

Eli being crazy in the back seat. He loves it when he can make us laugh. It's so fun.

Okay, well, that's a smattering of the pics from the Ohio. :) It was so much fun getting to see my family again and spend time hanging out with them.

Nathan became addicted to Guitar Hero, so as soon as we get a new power supply for our Wii, I'll most likely have pictures of him "rocking out". And I say that loosely. LOL. :) I know you just can't wait!


I'm still here...

...just been out of town and now trying to get the house back together after being gone. Plus, not feeling completely 100%, so that doesn't help either. I'm going through some pictures from our recent trip and will post them soon.

That's it, y'all.


Thanks to my great sister in law, Nathan and I were able to have a mini date night last night. We went and saw this movie:

I really really really liked it! Robert Downey Jr. is not my favorite guy on the planet, but I can't argue that he's a great actor. And the music in it is just fun and makes you want to just jump up and dance around (or maybe that was just because of my sugar high from eating little Dibs ice cream snacks as fast as I could before they melted....not sure)!

So thanks, Janae, for coming down to see us even after you spent all day not getting picked for a gruesome jury duty case. You're awesome!

(And she even cleaned up the house before we got back....what a saint!)



My brother sent this to me a couple of months ago and I found it again today. Just love it! :)


We Love Legoland!

Eli and I went to Legoland twice last week, as we believe in using the heck out of our yearly passes! We went first with our friends Tracy and her son David, and then we went the very next day with Dadda. Eli really enjoys it, so I'm not complaining one bit. (And anytime I can have the chance to let him run around a huge playground and burn off some of that endless energy, I'm all for it!)

Here's Eli waiting in line to go on a big-kid dinosaur roller coaster. He's braver than I would have ever been at that age, that's for sure!

Here's Eli and I waiting to get on the helicopter ride. He obviously wasn't ready for the picture. :)

And here we are having the time of our lives on said plane ride. He's getting more comfortable with being on the rides that go up in the air, without being scared.
Too fun!

And finally, here's Eli getting the best of Dadda's cheeks while patiently (ha!) waiting in one of the lines. Well, trying to be patient, anyways. We're working on that one. At least he's stopped screaming at the top of his lungs when he's not allowed to cut in front of everybody, lol! :)


An Inspiration

My sister-in-law Janae is an absolute inspiration! Over the last 6 months or so, I've watched her change her eating habits, exercise, manage hunger, and now she has lost over 70 pounds! It's an amazing transformation, which she deserves recognition for.

She asked me to take some photos for her the other day, and I was just amazed at who she has become. It's definitely not just a weight thing -- she has so much more confidence in herself, she has a new great attitude and she has this brightness in her eyes that just sparkles.

So here's to you, Janae! Congratulations on your success, and all the hard work and effort you've put into becoming a better you!

Now where do I sign up, LOL!
Life is good.

I just had our book club meet at my house last night, and we talked about this book. It was interesting to hear the difference opinions of the women who were here, because we had a big range of ages included in the discussion. I was glad to see my friend Erin come, it's been a little while since I've seen her and I am sad that she's moved out of our ward. My friend Tracy came, and even brought her mom, who was getting over pneumonia! Now that's dedication! :)

The book is really good if you're looking for ways to change your perspective about your husband and your marriage. I think I fell into a lot of the traps of what the book describes, like taking my husband and all he does for me for granted, assuming that since he doesn't express his feelings to me that often means that he doesn't have any, and having really high expectations for him that are unrealistic. And it's not something that you necessarily are choosing to do every day, it just seemed like it crept in in places that I didn't expect. So it was nice to take a step back and examine my relationship with him and my attitude towards our marriage, and just refresh things a little. I would recommend this book to anyone who's mildly interested in it. :)

All in all, I really enjoy our book club and I'm glad that I've started going this year.