January 2009 in Review

6th — I took Lydia into the nursery to change her diaper. And in the time it took me to do that, John Caleb got the chair from the far end of the table, took it into the kitchen, down toward the stove, climbed on top of the counter, got into the cupboard and got down the Halloween candy. Mind you, I did not hear a single sound of any of this, and by the time I found him, he had a lollipop in his hand that he was trying to unwrap. What this teaches us, is that if a toddler wants something badly enough, EVERYTHING is in “climbable reach!”

16th — I woke up at 5:15this morning to, “Mommy! Mommy!” Only to find John Caleb trying to get OUT of Lydia’s crib.

— So, I was getting more diapers out of the nursery and transfering them into John’s room. I had a nice stack in my hand, and Aaron attacked me with tickling. I didn’t want to drop all the diapers, however, so I dropped to the ground to protect myself and the stack. But, of course Aaron kept tickling me. John came running over, “Mommy. Mommy. Stop. Stop. Stop.” So, finally Aaron stopped tickling me and John looked at me and said, “You ok?” “Yes, I’m ok.” “Here.” And he gave me his hand and helped me up, the chivalrous little man that he is.

24th  — Found him with a chair pulled up to the kitchen counter eating a cookie and he said, “cookie.” Again, this happened when I was changing Lydia’s diaper.

— So, tonight I went to Carla’s house to scrapbook. When I returned home, I stepped in the door and asked Aaron, “Did John get out of his room?” (John was “in bed” when I left.) He had…

*gotten into my diaper bag (hanging on the hook, and it was still hanging on the hook, with everything emptied.)

*Brought a dirty cereal bowl into the living room.

*a picture frame was missing its picture and glass (glass is yet to be found.)

*sneaked past Aaron several times, to the point that the people he was video conferencing with would point out to Aaron when John was trying to sneak past, so John got smart and crawled.

*got into the Halloween candy.

*emptied a bowl of pretzels onto the counter

*dragged 2 chairs into the kitchen.

*emptied one side of the sink and got intoit  and played in the water.

*turned off the closet light (the closet’s connected to Lydia’s room and we leave it on for her until we go to bed.)

I wouldn’t be surprised if I found out other things that John did as well while I was gone. My little super-sleuth!

25th — Started potty training.

26th — Watched Its Potty Time, for the first time and laughed my head off!

29th — Found a box of granola bars in the microwave. John must have put them there at 4:45 in the morning. (I woke up to him in the kitchen this morning.)

30th  — Found John in the kitchen sink, with the water running into the other side as he filled up his baby sister’s bottle. Amazingly enough, he did not get wet at all!

— Lydia gives me the biggest cheesy smile when she sees me pull out her Johnny Jump-Up.


Month-end Reviews

I am a part of a local MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group here in Utah. MOPS hasn’t been the best thing in the world for me, but I have enjoyed it. Anyhow, this year’s theme is Adventures in Mothering.  I will first admit, that I kind of find MOPS weekly emails a bit over the top. Often times it is a mother reminicsing about a negative incident that recently occured and how they learned to put a good spin on it. But, really people, when your child pees on your great-grandmother’s linen that can’t be washed — let’s just say that not all situations can or should have a good spin on them. With that said, I do realize that I often have a bad attitude about certain things, and am probably pretty pesimistic too.

So, I decided that I needed to change my attitude. A friend, on her blog, does “Ten Smile Tuesdays” where she basically lists 10 things she’s thankful for. But, let’s face it, me committing to something weekly would probably not happen. But monthly? Sure I could do monthly. At another point in time I was working on my scrapbook and I realized how dumb my journaling sounded. I didn’t really have anything of substance to say, and I told Aaron, “I need to write down stories that happen from each moth, so I have something to journal about in my scrapbooks.” He agreed with me. At yet another moment in time I was sitting on the couch watching the antics of my 2 year old and I thought how life with him is an adventure. Mothering is an adventure. MOPS is right. 

All of those instences led me up to this. Month-end reviews. My hope is to keep record of antics from life and share them at the end of each month. So, check in tomorrow for my first month-end review.

I’ve adventured through childhood, college, Europe, teaching, marriage, and now I adventure through motherhood.

Just Another Sunday

It really did start out like a normal day. Wake up to my baby’s noises. Check my email. Take a shower. Then it changes. I need to be at church early because I’m bringing snacks this week. So, I get out of the shower and I finish getting ready. I walk into the kitchen to see my sneaky 2-year-old standing on a chair eating the candies I made. (I made lemon poppy seed and chocolate muffins, as well as peanut butter pretzel sandwiches with a hug melted on top.) Of course, now he won’t accep the more breakfast acceptable, albeit no more healthy, chocolate muffin. I get the kids dressed, the bottle and sippy cup filled, Bobby and Betty (my kids’ security “blankets”) in my bag, and we’re in the car, about 7 minutes late.

I drop the kids in the nursery and enjoy a fabulous church service. Afterward, I speak to many friends, (at one point realizing I wasn’t sure where my son was) but, like always, the hubby is now talking to the pastor and I’m patiently waiting with my children trying to pacify Lydia and watching John chase a little girl around in circles. Soon, however, John discovered the water fountain, and the wonderful mother I am allowed him to play with a cup and water fountain, filling the cup and dumping it out (sometimes into the trash can below). He loses interest in the water fountain. Until about 5 minutes later when I look over and there he standing in said trash can so that he can be just barely tall enough to drink from the water fountain by himself. Yes, my son is in the trash.

On the way home, we hear on the radio that we should be avoiding all peanut butter products because of a salmonella outbreak linked to the peanut butter paste used in peanut butter cracker/cookie sandwiches and so all peanut butter products should be avoided at this time. Great! I just could have poisoned my entire church family! What are the odds?

And finally, so far, I’m cleaning up my kitchen, since I left it such a mess this morning, I turn around and see myself in the mirror above my sink and realize that my shirt is completely covered with stains. We had had to leave some of our clothing at my in-laws house, one of which being my favorite shirt, which I wore this morning, forgetting that at the last minute we had to leave behind some of our dirty clothes… that shirt being one of the dirty ones.

Yep. This has been an adventurous day.

I Forgot My #2 Pencil

So, recently I have been checking into online education and apply for teaching  jobs. Because I had my teaching license in Ohio, I thought it would be relatively easy to renew and transfer my license to another state. Well, I was wrong. Apparently, I never finished my Alternative Licensure Program in Ohio, due to some miscommunications. Come to find out that I can easily get my Ohio license if I simply pass a test. Da da da… It’s the PRAXIS: Principles of Teaching and Learning test. 

So, I registered for the test almost as soon as I found out (which by the way, avoid the website ets.org like the plague, if at all possible, but that’s another story!) which was right before we left for our holiday vacation. Upon returning I had two sick children… which, as you might guess, does not create a suitable environment for studying. However, my wonderful husband let me go to the U (University of Utah) and study (and thankfully the study book was still at the library) for 6 hours yesterday. It was really great and I’m glad I had that time to prepare. 

So, I woke up with plently of time this morning to look up some last-minute terms, make and eat a good breakfast, take a shower and feel nice and awake. I was fairly worried about how to find the classroom at BYU (Brigham Young University) since I’ve gotten lost on campus more often than I care to think about. So, I’m slightly nervous, but give myself 30 minutes to find the room. I call the campus and ask for directions. Ok, thank goodness, I think I know where I’m going. I drive down. I find a parking lot. I take one last sip of my Dr. Pepper. I get out of the car, shut the door, and DING DING DING!!! I’M GOING TO NEED A  PENCIL. How could I, the pencil nazi of my math classes forget a pencil. Let me tell you, my #1 pet peeve of my teaching days were students constantly forgetting and subsequently asking for pencils. Are you kidding me? I, of all people, forgot her pencil. Wow. I look around, no, this is not the street with the gas station on the corner. What teacher forgets her pencil?

So, yes, with a hung head and red, rosy cheecks, I raised my hand as they asked who needed a pencil. Yes. Me. The pencil nazi needs a pencil.

Here are my excuses:

1. It has been 3 1/2 years since standardized testing was a part of my vocabulary or even on my radar.

2. It has been 6 years since I, myself, have had to take a standardized test.

3. Really, when was the last time I needed a pencil…. 3 1/2 years ago. 


So now I’m simply crossing my fingers and hoping that I will pass this wonderful little (HUGE) exam! 🙂

Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe

I love sharing recipes. I will never hold back if asked for one, and this one is good enough to share. I found it on allrecipes.com, my favorite place to get recipes. Anyhow, I will no longer miss Panera’s Broccoli Cheese soup, nor will I miss Silver Spoon’s (American Cafe) Potato Cheese Soup. This one will cover it for me. So here it is. 


½ cup plus 2 Tablespoon butter
½ cup plus 2 Tablespoon flour
4 cups chicken broth
4 ½ cups milk (use partial heavy cream if possible) 
½ teaspoon garlic salt
1 bunch broccoli florets, chopped small
¾ lb Velveeta cheese
2 cups Cheddar Jack shredded cheese 


1. Melt butter over medium heat.
2. Add flour, stir constently for about 2 minutes
3. Slowly pour in chicken broth then milk, & garlic salt
4. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 10 min
5. Meanwhile steam broccoli.
6. Gradually add cheeses until all is melted. 
7. Add broccoli
8. Continue cooking for another 5 minutes. 

Try it with potatoes instead of broccoli… yum. Or cut up some extra hot dog or hamburger buns. Melt some butter in a skillet and fry them up. (Home made croutons) If you just make it cheese soup, add some croutons to the top it will taste like Grilled Cheese Soup. This is an excellent base for anything cheese soup. I hope you enjoy it! 🙂