Thursday, April 30, 2009


I happen to know that I have at least 2 grammar-experts who read this blog. So here's the question: Is it proper to say "On your mark, get set, go!" OR "On your markS, get set, go!"

Usually I can use logic to figure out what's right, but this makes sense both ways to me. YOU only have one "mark" to get on - so the first makes sense. But, then again, you're talking to multiple people here and they EACH have a mark. Which means there are multiple markS to be had.

I know, random. But a Google search would be fruitless since you never know if the person writing it is a good grammar-a-tition or not (how's that for a made up word!).

Naomi says "On your marks, get set, go". And I was about to correct her when I got stuck in this mental conundrum. Help me out.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009


Check out the summary of the conference Richard attended and spoke at this past weekend. Find out why he's "dazzling"!

(Scroll down to the 4th paragraph from the bottom to just read the part about him.)

Three Different Kids

I wrote several posts in the last couple days. But then I deleted them because they were total downers. Not that I'm completely depressed or anything - but the feelings that I'm feeling like venting are the ones that are feeling "blah" with pregnancy exhaustion and slight nausea. But that's all I'll say about that.

This morning, as I lay on the family room floor trying to get the energy up to move, I realized something. It's not the having three kids that's making this hard. It's having Asher.

I remember being pregnant with Asher and laying on the family room floor while Naomi played quietly beside me. I'd read her a book, she'd move on to something else, she come over and sit by me for a minute, then she'd move back on to something else. Just having me around was enough. And, I think she was reacting to my obviously feeling a little ill. She was nurturing in her best 2-year-old way.

This morning, Isaiah was doing the same thing. He (being a little more cuddly by nature than Naomi ever was) lay snuggled up next to me, his legs propped up on my bent legs. He played with the two cars in his hands and just lay there with me for a good 15 minutes. Meanwhile, Asher was throwing toys, jumping on both Isaiah and me, and generally being crazy. At one point he did come over, give me a slight half-hug, lay his hand on my cheek for a second and then declare "Now you happy. Get up!"

Asher's just a different kind of child. Not bad, just different. Although, I admit, this morning his differences seem a little bad to me since they're keeping me from lazing about as much as I'd like to.

On second thought, maybe the title of this post should be Four Different Kids. Baby #4 is the size of a blueberry this week!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Why I Love Warmer Weather

The number 1 reason why I love warmer weather?

Visible leg chub!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Another Round

Of illness that is. Now we've all got Strep throat. Asher showed signs of it first. He was up all night with a fever of 103 or thereabout. I finally took him to the Dr. after his fever stayed that high for about 24 hours. Yep, Strep. Then the next day I took Isaiah and Naomi in to get checked - since what are the odds that one will get it without passing it on to the others. Naomi had it too. But the Dr. put all 3 kids on antibiotics just to be sure. Then last night I started feeling it. Luckily, my OBGYN knows and trusts me and all it took was a phone call to him this morning and he phoned in a prescription for me. So this afternoon I will be making my third trip to the pharmacy in three days to pick up the exact same prescription, with just a new name on it.

Meanwhile, Richard is speaking at another conference all this weekend and hasn't really been around since yesterday afternoon (not to really be seen again until Saturday night). Usually when Richard is gone all day like that I do some major playdates or shopping or something. But since we're all one big germ-ball, no playdates for us this weekend. At least I know I get a break on Saturday afternoon. My MIL is coming to stay with the kids for a couple of hours while I go to a mission-companions wedding shower.

This is seeming a little whiney. I didn't mean it that way. I'm really OK. I'm just updating.

Tonight we're venturing out, germ-ball's or not, to Naomi's school. They are doing an "Art Show" of work the kids have been doing all year. (The kids will have been on antibiotics for at least 24 hours by then so it should be OK.) Naomi is super excited about it, and I can't wait to gush over her. Kids need a good gushing every now and again, ya know?

Thursday, April 23, 2009

"Doing A Deck"

I heard about this fun new way to workout on The Biggest Loser this week. You use a deck of cards. The number on the card tells you how many rep's to do (face cards are all 10 reps). The symbol tells you what exercise to do. Diamonds are push-ups, Hearts are lunges, Spades are crunches, Clubs are reverse crunches. An Ace means a one minute break.

Get it? So you take the deck, shuffle it, and go at it. So, a 7 of hearts mean you do 7 lunges. A jack of spades means you do 10 crunches.

Richard and I did it together last night and it took us almost exactly half an hour. We were both pretty whipped out afterward, but it was fun. Try it!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The NEW SOFA!!!!!

Did I mention I'm pretty excited about this new sofa?

First, I thought you might need a reminder/clue-in of the old sofa. It was old. It was used. It was slipcovered. It was a big, wrinkly, maroon, blob.

And here is the new one! Wa-hoo! So pretty. So blue. So... comfy country with a modern twist? Er somethin'. It always makes me laugh when people combine two totally different styles to describe something, but I really do feel like this sofa is modern country. Or maybe nautical. I don't know. ...It's pretty! OK?

And here's the whole messy room so you can see it in it's new place. Clearly, I need some more blue accents splashed across the room now, to pull it all together. I'm seeing a blue vase on my desk, a blue tie-back on the curtains, a green throw on the tan chair, oh, and some bright patterned wallpaper on the back of those dark bookcases.
Not that this really matters at all, but it's comfy to sit on, too!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

New Excitement

I totally forgot to share with you about my new calling! On Sunday I was called as the First Counselor in the Young Women's presidency. I am totally psyched! I probably should be a little freaked out - but I'm just excited. It's a pretty small group, but it doesn't seem awkward like I originally thought maybe it would be. When I was in Young Women's (as a young woman) it was a huge group. There were probably as many (if not more) girls in just my age group as there is in our entire organization here. I had some great leaders. I can still remember a couple of specific lessons that really did get through to me. And I can still feel the love that those leaders had for me. I think that's why I'm so thrilled about this calling. I can't wait to bring the Spirit and love that I felt, to the next generation.

We had our first Presidency meeting today. I felt kinda silly throughout it since I'm pretty sure I was smiling the whole time. ...I'm really excited.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Sullen Isaiah

Isaiah has a serious side. I know I don't show it very often on this blog - probably because his cute side is so dang cute! Especially when he has just woken up from his nap, he loves to lounge on a lap and just frown and grouse. He likes to have his head touching my head. Then he sometimes gets grumpy and will push my face away, only to cuddle up to it again seconds later. It's really very cute and silly. I sometimes laugh at him - and he does not like that. He just needs a little grumpy-time so that he'll be ready for happy-time later. ... Don't we all.

I took this pic the other day when I was taking all those pictures of Asher. It was just too sweet to not include here.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Asher's Birthday - The big 3!

We started our Saturday very bright and early, working on the sandbox outside. I dug while Richard went to pick up the sand and supplies. Then Richard dug, then we both dug, then I had to go to a baby shower for a couple of hours. And when I came back...

This is what it looked like! A finished sandbox! What a super hero Richard is! He also took care of the kids while he did this, fed them lunch and put them to bed. Wow!

As soon as the kids woke up from naptime, it was on to the party! We broke down and bought Asher's cake this time since we were busy building the sandbox.

And Asher got to keep the real Lightning McQueen toy! Oh, joy!

It was hard to keep Asher out of the sandbox long enough to do the usual birthday festivities. He kept running back over there at every nano-second of a lull.

But he did eventually open presents. He loved all of them (Toy Story figures, a book, Rocket from Little Einsteins, water-coloring pages, and the digger for the sandbox)

The digger was a definite hit. ...Asher liked it too... (Uncle Kevin may be ordering one of these for himself, he had so much fun.)

Naomi enjoyed the cake and other goodies. She was super tired from helping Daddy with the sandbox. She really did work hard with him!

Isaiah discovered that he could reach the Cheetos all by himself. He loved it! He kept going back for more, and each time he would look around like he had to be sneaky about it.

Did I mention he really enjoyed the Cheetos?
Here's Aunt Kelly reading the book that Grandma and Grandpa Worth gave to Asher.

The Toy Story figures quickly went inside so they wouldn't get lost. Asher went in to visit them several times. (Note the sand that came inside with him.)

Yeah. The sand. *sigh* What have I done?

After things calmed down a little, we came in for a deluxe dinner of Kraft Mac N Cheese. At Asher's request of course. We were still in a pretty silly mood!

It was the perfect day for Asher. 1. We spent most of the time outside. 2. He got Toy Story, Cars and Little Einsteins stuff all in one day! 3. He was good and dirty by the end of the day. There was pure joy on Asher's face pretty much all day. He was just so happy that, despite the fact that both Richard and I were completely exhausted from the hard work of the day, we were happy along with him. It was contagious.
Man, we love that kid!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Ode to Asher at age 3

My "big boy baby" turned 3 this past week. Since I'll be super busy with the party tomorrow and all the other weekend happenings, I thought I'd get ahead of the game and do my ode to him today. These pictures are all from this morning.

Things Asher loves:
  • Dinosaurs
  • "Lightning McQueen Cars" (whether referring to the movie, Lightning himself, or some other character in the movie, it is always all three words together)
  • Cars (the toy)
  • Woody and Buzz
  • Bugs (in theory, not so much in reality)
  • Animal Charades
  • Hide and Seek
  • Playing outside
  • Digging
  • Marshmallows
  • Candy
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Tormenting his siblings
  • Jumping
  • Friends - anyone who is in the vicinity while he plays
  • The playplace at the mall
  • His class at church

Happy Birthday, Buddy!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Livin' Life

I'm finding blogging more difficult now that my daily schedule has changed a bit (what with no more morning nap time). Isaiah is not a fan of me sitting at my computer desk and ignoring him. He comes and leaches on to my arm (which makes typing somewhat difficult) or insists on sitting on my lap.

I've been busily rearranging things in the house lately. Just puttering, really. Moving a shelf here, or hanging this there. But it's fun to have some "new" things.

We're in full prep-mode for Asher's birthday party this weekend. His birthday was actually earlier this week, but we aren't celebrating until Saturday. Richard and I need to get to work on the sandbox in the backyard since we bought him a ride-on-digger to go into said currently-non-existent sandbox. I also need to plan how I'm going to make a "Lightning McQueen" birthday cake. ...I'm thinking of creating a racetrack on the cake and then just putting a toy car on it. But who knows, maybe I'll get ambitious and really do it up good.

Here's some fun random pics of us livin' life:

This is Asher, donning Naomi's Easter hat, and holding his Lil' Baby Dinosaur (imaginary friend). Lil' Baby Dinosaur sometimes turns into Lil' Baby (insert some other thing). But he usually comes back around to dinosaur pretty soon. He's been a worm, a bird, and a cat this week. But no matter what animal he is, you always hold him with your hands carefully out in front of you like Asher is doing in this pic (and you have your face in the "gentle and loving" face that Asher is showing here).

Here's Naomi watching TV. I just thought it was amazing the position that she was in.
And here's Isaiah's favorite way to get around these days. He's quite a good little monkey.

So that's it. Just livin' life. And lovin' it.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Full Confession/Announcement

I guess I'd better fully confess since most of you already figured out my not-so-subtle innuendo. I'm pregnant.

We are thrilled! The internet says that my due date will be December 21, but we'll see if the Dr. adjusts that at all. I'm already anxious to start feeling "symptoms" and blaming my cookie cravings on pregnancy.

I'm sharing this news with you all much, much earlier than most people do, I know. Here's my theory on that: Most people don't share in case something happens and the pregnancy doesn't work out and they don't want to have to have that awkward "Actually, I'm not pregnant anymore" conversation. And I totally get that. I've miscarried before and had to do that. But, here's the thing. If I miscarried, I'd blog about that too. This is a family journal for us as well as sort of a "letter" to you. So, I'd share. Plus, I can't keep a secret for beans. One side effect of me sharing this with you so soon is that this pregnancy will probably seem very long to you. When it isn't actually your body, I think you're not really used to waiting the full 9 months. Ya know? You usually only hear about other people's pregnancy's for the last 5 months or so. I suppose if you don't want to start hearing about this now, you can just not read my blog for a couple of months!

One thing I'm super excited about with this pregnancy that I have never experienced before is having "fat clothes". I've never lost weight before, so I just had my normal wardrobe, and my pregnancy wardrobe. But that poses a bit of a problem for those awkward months where you're not really showing yet but you don't really fit your normal clothes either. This time around, I've got a closet full of clothes that are too baggy at this point since I've recently lost weight. So, I'm excited to have more options as I grow this time around.

I'm also excited to be able to exercise through this pregnancy - something else I've never done before. "They" say that you can do whatever kind of physical activities you were doing before when you're pregnant. Well, I wasn't doing anything - so I did nothing during my pregnancies. But this time I'm active(r) and can keep up my workout routine. I know I won't be at the gym every day or anything as my energy wains, but it'll be better than before!

I could babble on about things I'm excited about for several more paragraphs, but I'll save some more for another day.


Monday, April 13, 2009

His Father's Son

Take a look at this picture of Isaiah (from January I think).

Then take a look at this picture of Richard as a child. We spied this on the wall at Richard's parent's house yesterday and just couldn't get over the resemblance. It could be the same kid!

Easter Pictures

I'm a little disappointed in these pictures. None of them are great. Getting all three kids to stand still for half a minute... Just doesn't work. But, here's way too many pics anyway. These, once again, really should have been in several different posts. Oh well.

First, an adorable bunny drawn by Naomi.
These pics are the Easter Carnival that we took the kids to on Saturday morning. It was at the church where Naomi goes to Preschool. It was cutely done - especially since it was supposed to be outside, but it happened to be pouring rain so I'm sure they did some improvising.

These pics are later in the day on Saturday. We went to Richard's parent's house for Easter dinner a little early. Naomi's favorite little cousins, Ashby and Avery, were there too. We did another little egg hunt there.

And here we are on Sunday morning. We didn't do another formal hunt, but we gave the kids their baskets. We put more toys than usual in their baskets since tummy's were still in a handle-with-care state.

This is my favorite pic from the last couple days. A nude Easter bunny!

Thanks for the great dress, Grandma Ashurst. These pics didn't turn out very well, but she looked very sweet. (And, yes, I know it should have been ironed. I just... didn't get to it.)
Like I said, getting all three to stand still... Plus, it should be noted that Isaiah did not really go to church looking like that. He was staying home with sick-Richard. So he was kinda half dressed and half not.

I have to say, it was a pretty odd Easter weekend. I didn't really enjoy much of it since I didn't feel well. Church was a disaster (I took a black eye courtesy of Asher away from Sacrament meeting). We had cold ham, crackers and cheese on paper plates for Sunday's "Easter dinner". Odd. But whatever. I'm mostly just glad it's in the past. On to better things. Next weekend is Asher's birthday party and I'll make up for the yuckiness of this past weekend by making that one smashing!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Emerging from the fog

This flu has just totally wiped me out. I got it on Tuesday night and I really didn't feel at all human again until yesterday afternoon. Sheesh. All three kids cycled through their entire flu one by one in the time it took me to get over it. I'm still completely exhausted - probably from living on Saltine's and Gatorade for 4 straight days. I tried so hard to rally and feel better on Friday so that I could host Easter dinner at my house on Saturday as originally planned. And I suppose I could have pulled off the hosting part of it. It was the just the getting out from under 4 days of mess with no energy that was the problem. So Easter dinner was at Grant and Margaret's house (my in-laws) - which was fine. It was a great meal and we were glad to get some time visiting with Roger (Richard's bro) and Chelsea and fam. And I was even feeling well enough to eat some normal food.

The happy thought in all of this muck is that I realized why it probably took me so long to get over this flu... Can you guess?

We went to several different Easter events that I'll share pictures and details of with you tomorrow. I just don't have the energy to get the camera, hook it up, blah blah blah. But tomorow I declare that I will no longer use this as an excuse. This house IS going to get back into shape.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Sick Days with a perk

We're all (well, most of us) sick, sick, sick around here. Isaiah started it and it has moved to me and Naomi so far. The laundry has been going full blast, but I'm not getting ahead (Isaiah went through 6 outfits in 2 days, all of Naomi's bedding, etc.). I spent nearly all of two nights ago awake and sick, then I spent nearly all of yesterday in bed and it's a good thing since I spent nearly all of last night up with Naomi. I'm a bit of a disaster. But, I think I'm on the mend at this point. I'm just waiting for Asher and Richard to get sick now. Anyway, I'm getting into the realm of TMI here so I'll stop.

You're probably asking yourself, "What's the perk to this?" Well, here it is.

Richard finally replaced his bike! (Long story of how he lost his old one. Summary: It was lost in a flood.) He has been seriously giddy. He went on his first ride this morning and very much enjoyed himself despite the 32 degree temp. Have fun, Babe!