Thursday, February 25, 2010

Count Your Blessings!

I have insomnia. Almost every night since we started the homebuying process, I've been waking up in the middle of the night, thinking about all of the possibilities and to-dos that surround the whole thing. So tonight to pass the time I've been bleary-eyed-blog-hopping and found this fantastic video that someone posted on her blog.

Isn't it fantastic? It won't help me fall back to sleep but it totally brightens up this chilly early morning! Wouldn't this arrangement be so fun for a primary group to sing at a ward talent show or other activity? I love it!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Back in Business

Tim is back! He's been in Salt Lake for training on a new addiction program he'll be helping to implement at Roebicek & Thacker, where he provides therapy on the days he's not at his other job. He's so excited about starting the program and helping people break out of their addictions.

I decided that rather than staying home alone with two little boys, I would take them down to Hesperia for a birthday visit to my parents and my sister Susanna and her family, who were also in town for the weekend. It was so fun! Susanna, my mom and I chatted about plans for our house while we sat and made flowers for headbands into the late hours of the night. On Saturday afternoon I got to babysit four boys between the ages of 7 and 2 and imagine what life might become if I never have a girl (Not bad! Kinda fun, actually!).

I missed Tim, though. Since the new year commenced, we have been really good about reading scriptures together as a family. It's very simple and short, but it works for us. Owen and Henry sit in these little kid-sized folding chairs and we spend only about five minutes reading a page aloud each night before bedtime. Even if one of us is out in the evening, Tim or I have kept up the reading with the boys on our own, until now. I was too lazy on Thursday to grab my copy of the Book of Mormon, and Tim forgot his, too--so this weekend was the first time we'd skipped reading scriptures since we began. Whenever I hear people at church say things like, "If I skip a day reading the BOM my day just doesn't go right!" or other cheesy things like that, I always think it's a lie. But this was the first time, maybe in my entire life, that I actually MISSED reading scriptures! I don't think it particularly changed my day or anything, but I did miss those few minutes to sit together with my family and read a few verses. When we were all back together tonight, our lapse definitely showed. Reading scriptures was so hard! The boys were wild--not staying in their seats and being noisy, not listening, and every time it was Owen's turn to repeat a verse, he only moved his mouth and wouldn't say it aloud. It felt like all of our work and training for the past 6+ weeks was lost!

But at least we're back, Tim is back, and tomorrow is a new day looking to be filled with work, preschool, dental visits, tile and grout, and maybe a few more scriptures.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Secrets Revealed

Psst! I have a secret. This weekend we figured out the best time to go to Disneyland. If you follow this advice, you will have a great day with much more time spent on rides than in line. First, you've gotta go in the winter. January or February is the best time. Although we wore jackets, it really wasn't very cold--the temps were in the 50s. If you really want the park all to yourself, add a big rain storm the night before, with threats of more rain the day you plan to go. Week days definitely help too, but even on a Saturday, which is when we went, the park was empty. To top it all off, those rain threats? Never materialized. We had a little mist as we arrived, and a light shower for maybe five minutes in the afternoon. That was it. A perfect day at Disneyland. We arrived at 9, hit every ride we wanted in both parks, and were done by 6.

Maybe the only downside to going to Disneyland in the winter is that the offseason is the time that rides are closed for maintainence. This time the Matterhorn was closed and the Rivers of America was all drained as it is being worked on for maintainence. I had never seen the island without the water surrounding it, but I thought it looked kinda cool. It's really not a very deep river.
This is our brave Owen who wanted to go on the Haunted Mansion ride, but wanted neither to see nor hear it (at least during the whole beginning wall-stretching lights-off part). While he loves all of the roller coasters, Owen's been too scared to go on this ride for several months, so we were glad that he made it on this time, even with eyes shut!

Tim and sons love all things tomorrow-ey.
Doesn't Tim look good? He's down 100+ pounds now. Isn't that unbelievable?!?!?

Waiting for the others to return from Space Mountain, Henry kept pointing and running over to the popcorn stand, which was closed, but had a little toy man inside turning a canister of popcorn. He thought it was awesome.
The best part, of course, was spending the day together with Amber, who always makes our time more fun.
Thanks, Amber!

Late in the day, as we were standing in our longest line (15 min.), we heard some people behind us complaining about the park closing early because of the rain (that never came). I couldn't believe them. If not for the rain, they would never have gotten on so many rides, regardless of the time spent in the park. They would have spent the bulk of their day standing in lines! Crazy people! They didn't know how good they had it!

And now, for a little teaser...
We are signing papers on this place tonight. If all goes as planned, we'll be moving in next month! I need some advice: what color should I paint the trim, front door, and what color shutters would look good on this place? My excitement and desire to change everything is keeping me up at night!