Monday, December 31, 2007
The real problem is little shoes that snag and rip the material while little people climb all over my lap throughout Sacrament Meeting.
I bought three pairs of nylons at the beginning of the month and every single one has either a run or a hole and most of the time both. Are there any indestructable nylons out there that are actually affordable? If not I may have to start wearing tights indefinitly because bare legs aren't cute in the winter (for me at least).
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Friday, December 28, 2007
* Jeremy and I did the Cable Bridge Run last Saturday. It was fun despite the facts: my time stunk, and Jeremy beat me. I immediately called Jessica in the car on the way home to inform her I need her as my pace setter in future races.
* I got a serious set of new pots and pans from Santa. The previous set were the $40 set from Wal*mart that we purchased with some leftover wedding money... it was time to upgrade.
* My tree is still up. A few other people have said their is already down. Does anyone keep theirs up till New Year's, or is that just a crazy tradition my family had???
Thursday, December 27, 2007
a) change the obviously neglected and seriously potent diaper
I'm just wondering...
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
I made one of our family's favorite desserts and since it makes an 12x18 pan, I decided to invite a few friends over to enjoy it. Well, only one family could make it. But between us 4 adults and 3 kids half of the pan was consumed that evening- and I'm not exaggerating. The other half didn't make it much further. I think it was devoured by Tuesday afternoon...
So I thought I would share one of the many seasonal treats we enjoy in our home with you!
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
Totally mortified I said I didn't check, so I had no idea. I just remember we both said it looked like a good movie when we saw the trailer in the theater.
So I headed out the door with receipt in hand. Needless to say, the people looked at me like I was crazy when I asked if I could exchange the movie because I didn't bother looking at the rating before I rented it. Especially since that is "not their policy." Ok, yeah, whatever can I just return this movie I rented 3 hours before because I promise I didn't watch it.
And normally I wouldn't have even done that since we get all our movies free with our online subscription, but this one I ACTUALLY had to pay for... so there was no way I was losing my 5 bucks.
SO, here's forewarning. Check the ratings.... otherwise you'll look like a crazy PJ wearing housewife with nothing better to do on Saturday nights than try to get a two-fer-one on the movie renting.
Sunday, December 16, 2007
We had to go later in the evening and it was really dark, but Kaden and Brynnlee both loved shining their flashlights all around. When it was all said and done I asked Kaden if he had fun. He said, "Yeah, but next year let's just go to Fred Meyer."
Jeremy with the saw.
Little helpers make the job more fun.
Two trees CAN fit up there.
Friday, December 14, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
"It's because I had great leaders, starting with you."
These are the moments when you look back and say that all the time, effort, planning, running around, organizing and in general being crazy while in Young Women's is worth it. Those tender mercies are what give me the strength and determination to keep going even when I think I have nothing left to give. Maybe I'll tell the Bishop to sign me up for another 4 years... maybe.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
It is that time of year again to share with you our adventures in this journey we call life. 2007 has been another year of magic and wonder...
Lori almost 3, is quite a talker. She continues to amaze the professors at the University with her intuition in foreign languages. It was fun for her to serve as Official Translator for Warren Christopher at the Bosnian-Serbian Peace Talks. She intends to spend this Holiday transcribing War and Peace into Arabic and Cantonese.
Chris, now 5, is growing in leaps and bounds. When he got his first set of building blocks he seemed quite interested in large buildings. This year he designed his first skyscraper and ground was broken in Hong Kong for the new "Little Man" Towers. It is great to have a budding architect at home as he made a new addition to the house and a wonderful gazebo for our garden. Martha Stewart will be filming her next show here in April.
Betsy had a very busy year. In between her work as President of the American Cancer Society and Senior Partner of Goldman Sachs, she introduced a line of children's novels and hand made active-wear. She remains occupied with the children and has introduced them to Yoga and power walking this year. We are particularly proud of Mom as a starting forward representing the United States in the World Cup.
Dave was immersed with his Graduate School studies, and managed to co-author a paper on Multidimensional Customer Attribute Analysis by Conjoint Survey and accept a Nobel Prize for his discoveries in Quantum Physics. Along the way Dave took three startups through their IPO. We are proud of his work serving on the Board of Directors of IBM, Coca-Cola, and Walt Disney.
Dad was also active with the kids teaching Lauren Ballet and helping to lower Chris' handicap to 5. We were able to squeeze a little traveling in this year. We started in Aspen, went to Belarus, the Congo, Denmark, Ethiopia, the Falklands, Greenland, Holland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Venezuela, and Zaire. Our trip sailing our new boat around the world was a great experience for the kids, we learned to communicate with Dolphins and discovered a new region of deep water volcanoes.
And Sergeant, our German shepherd, learned to speak. Latin. Other than that, it was a very quiet year. So from our household to yours, all the Blessings of the Season and may your New Year be prosperous. We found out yesterday that we won the $150 Million Powerball Lottery.
Betsy, Dave, Chris & Lori
Monday, December 10, 2007
However, I wish I didn't have make history by being "the first mother to haul her screaming child out of the otherwise reverent 1st EVER 9th Ward Sacrament meeting."
I think there were 4 families from 3rd that looked familiar... and since our ward is like 1/4 old 6th and 3/4 old 3rd it was a really weird place to be yesterday.
But, I'm excited. I was invited to ward council yesterday and I was so impressed with our new bishop, actually everyone. I can't wait to get the ball rolling in our new ward.
In other news, I have been officially replaced in my 6th ward calling... which is sort of weird cuz I'm still doing it in our new ward. I was so sad when I heard the news. I really am replaceable. :)
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
So, if you feel like you are missing me.... my phone still works, as does my front door.
PS we are in 9th ward, and love that our bishopric is all comprised of 30- somethings, well technically the whole ward probably.
I'm excited to get back with the OLD 6th warders.. should be fun, right?
Thursday, November 29, 2007
I've been taking it all in stride but last night at mutual, when I actually had a minute to let it sink in, it started to become real. It was combined last night and we were collecting and organizing all the Salvation Army food boxes. The Bishop asked the youth if they had any questions about what was happening so that started a great discussion. He ended by bearing his testimony and asking the YW and YM Presidents to do that as well. It was such a great way to spend the last mutual with our Youth all together.
We have been knowing this had to be in the works for a long time and now it is finally happening. Don't get me wrong, I'm really excited to maybe have a manageable size ward, but I really will miss all the people and fun. I've been in YW for 4 years now. It's kind of a part of who I am. I know a lot of you might think 4 years isn't really that long to be in a calling, but when that has encompassed 4/7ths of you entire married life, trust me it seems like a long time. I will miss all the YW and the leaders that I have been able to learn from and have fun with. Seriously its such a hard, demanding, time consuming, draining calling, but at the same time I will partly be lost without it. But I shouldn't get too nostalgic because there is a 50/50 chance I will not be in the new ward, and therefore will not be released from my calling.
But what I am guaranteed is that no matter how the boundaries end up I will not be in the same ward with a lot of people who I will miss. I know, I should be used to this. This is the 3rd split Jeremy and I have been through in the last 5 years. Change is good, but it is also hard. My fall back though is that I do have blogging to keep me connected to my soon-to-be-split friends and my soon-to-be-banished-to-the-Stake-Center-friends.
Blogging solves all the worlds problems, doesn't it?
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
Here are some photos of our trip to the Bean Museum at BYU. A first time for everyone in our family, if you are in Provo you may want to check this out (if you haven't already). For some reason Kaden was scared to death to take pictures with the animals... I'm blaming it on Jeremy who insisted on making noises and jumping at Kaden through every turn. And of course, we had to make the trek across the parking lot to The Creamery. Who can resist that wonderful BYU ice cream??
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
This blog will be open to whomever (is that right all you grammer pros) but I can't guarantee the frequency of posting. I'm leaving for our Thanksgiving trip either in 4 hours, or tomorrow... I guess it all depends on how fast I can get through the blogs I have missed the last few days. I promise, I'll post on vacation and get this blog out of its very sterile condition.
I'll put those who emailed me on my "list" to read the family blog. If you want to subscribe there just let me know, and I'll need your login email address for blogger.
Friday, November 9, 2007
Inside the packet could be whatever you wanted, talks, quotes, cd compilations, letters, it didn't matter. The only requirement was to create something that the girls could have or wear, corresponding with your value color, so when they saw each other at school they would be able to feel connected and remember that they weren't alone in trying to Stand for Truth and Righteousness.
I was given Good Works. I had created the packet, but was having a hard time deciding what to do for the Yellow "something". I thought about it forever, and was stumped and ready to head to Wal*Mart to procure myself some smiley face stickers. That is until Marilyn posted once again about Etsy.
I immediately got on there I was thrilled to find everything I needed to create something fabulous, and without dropping a ton of cash. Thanks again Marilyn for answering all my questions and walking me through the world of Etsy.
Here's what I created, and I like it. I told the girls (in my letter to them) that I hoped wearing this ring would remind them to keep their hands in the Service of God.
Anyway, to kick off Spirit Week we had a Pep Rally in the gym for Mutual on Wednesday. The leaders all dressed in our color and created a game to go with our Value. It was so great! The girls opened their first packet yesterday and will open the final packet on Wednesday and then we have Young Women in Excellence that night. This afternoon my class is meeting at my house to go decorate another girls room for her birthday. I'm excited to pick their brains on what they think of Spirit Week so far. I'm already in love with it.
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Let me give you an example. Yesterday Karen stopped by and I don't think we had 4 minutes of conversation without interruption. Kids, phone, people going into labor, visiting teaching, coordinating Birthday surprises, figuring out YW stuff. The list is endless. The madness has to end at some point. It does, right??
I keep thinking, "Okay. Once this is over it will calm down."
There is no end in sight... But just to be safe I'm holding out until after the Holidays until I officially give up.
Monday, November 5, 2007
1. I only had two career choices growing up. I either wanted to be a Neo-natal nurse, or a child psychologist. You see how well those two panned out.
2. In high school I had my life all planned out- go to college, go on a mission, finish my dental hygeine program, travel Europe, and THEN finally meet my dentist husband and get married. All before I was 24- I had determination.
3. I drove a pink Ford Aspire in high school. If this wasn't bad enough- my junior year of HS we moved to Santa Ynez California where everyone but me and a few other ghetto kids were the only ones not getting BMW's, and Mercedes for our 16th birthdays. Serious character building experience.
4. I used to hate when people would not put carts back in the "corral"- and then I had kids and became one of those people.
5. I save tons of coupons. My wallet is chuck full, and I hardly ever use any of them.... but I can't let them go unclipped, because I might (just might) need them!!
6. I the first and only time I have been to a drive in was after Jeremy and I were married. We went to the drive-in because Jeremy was shocked I hadn't been before. We got the full experience since our battery died and we had to get a jump start at 1 am. Good times.
I'm tagging: JustRandi, Rules for a Reason Kristen, Kristen S., Eliza, Jackie, Michele, Kristi
Friday, November 2, 2007
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Uhhh... and by the way HALLOWEEN is in two days!! I still have some pirate pants to stitch!!!
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
I couldn't resist the cliche line. So this is what I spent most of my Saturday doing- those "flounce" sleeves were no easy task. It will be so adorable paired with the hat and broomstick I got at Target. Now if only I could find the striped tights I have been searching for...
Friday, October 19, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
I have been really mulling it over in my mind since I heard about it on Monday night. Mejojac blogged about her concerns on Tuesday and that made me think even more because: "OK. There are people out there who are actually going to have to deal with this, soon." I read the actual document where they change the law, and it made me so sad and shocked .
And then I was talking to Jessica about it this morning as we ran (she hadn't heard about it). And it made me realize that our not-so-conservative Washington State could be following in those Californian footsteps in the not too distant future.
I wonder if lawmakers have thought about the situation this put parents into. There is no way I would feel comfortable sending my child to a school where is this in force, which makes me glad that I have so many friends who are teachers (one of you will establish a charter school for the TC, right???).
Anyway, I'm not one of those moms who gets totally freaked out by a lot of things but this really made me stop and think. It makes me realize how important it is to take every opportunity to teach our children. Once a week church, and FHE are essential- but hopefully I'm teaching Kaden and Brynnlee all day everyday by my actions and the way I live my life.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
I still am fighting the battle with fruit flies, (but I think I may finally have the upper-hand) It gets hot, and its a TON of work. And sometimes you get random surprises, like the jar of pickles Jeremy and I discover at his mom's house- they were a little dated. They were from way back in '85- the year I began kindergarten people! Whoa. Therefore, be diligent in rotating.
But even if you are good at rotating accidents can still happen. Just yesterday I was rotating the 06 juice to the front and the 07 to the back a lid "flipped" off. "Weird." I thought. As I was carefully bringing jar to the front I was hoping it hadn't been unsealed too long. Not much luck. It apparently had been fermenting a while since it had a generous amount of white mold growing on the top of what looked like purple refrigerated gravy that has turned into a solid mass. The smell was fantastic!!
So, beware- every silver lining is ALWAYS around a dark cloud.
Monday, October 15, 2007
After the fun part of picking grapes came the less interesting part of juicing them. Although juicing grapes is by far the easiest canning, hands down.
Since I was detained in the juice factory Saturday I sent Jeremy to Costco for some clams and 1/2 & 1/2. Guess what our plans for Sunday dinner were (clam chowder). They had their Adidas running pants for a cheap- $19.99. Jeremy surprised me by bringing home a pair for me... Love it. He was probably sick of me borrowing his running pants the last few mornings.
It was a long day. Picking grapes and hanging around the kitchen the rest of Saturday AFTER those darn early morning piano lessons and getting a mere 3 hours of sleep the night before, Jeremy thoughtfully sent me to Kohl's Saturday night. All. By. Myself. It was so nice, and weird. But I got a super adorable sweater, and I'm glad that I have great friends that complimented me on it, because I did have someone ask me on Sunday when I was due. I hate when that happens!
About that 3 hours of sleep. The rouge Relief Society party was so fun! Despite all the crazy karaoke in the background I still managed to have some great conversations and catch up with people I never see, even though we are in the same ward and live 3 minutes away. I guess that's how it goes when your ward is permantly stuck with 600 (+or-) members.
As I meandered out of Nichol's house shortly before 2 am the other Nicole and I had real intentions of going home. BUT you know how it goes when you get into a really great, deep conversation. Needless to say I arrived home about 3:30, and didn't get to bed till almost 4.
But the lack of sleep was totally worth the great conversation! That was my weekend in a nutshell. Like you care, but hey I may publish this as my family history and I wouldn't want to spare my posterity the amazing details of my life!!
Danielle emailed me this and I thought I would post it here, just in case any of you haven't gotten it:
There are some fundraising activities for the Bassett in the works. I wanted to give everyone a heads up and see if there some other ideas out there.
1. Coming up on Tuesday, October 23rd from 4-9pm is a Ralle't Design Show. It is the new fall and winter jewelry collection with wholesale pricing. There is 25% off the retail price and 25% donated to the Rochelle Bassett Cancer Fund. There will also be a donation box for thoe who would like to donate straight to the fund. It will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn (701 N. Young St, Kennewick - Off Grandridge, behind Sports Authority). You can visit the website at http://www.ralletjewelry.com/
2. There is plans to have a yard sale....looking at the 1st weekend in December. So for those wanting to go through and get rid of some stuff before Christmas, here's a perfect excuse to get going. More information to come.
3. There is also talk about a scrapbooking night..details to come.
4. Thinking of having a fun run/walk. I have contacted Richland Park n Rec and planning to talk some of the local high school cross country coaches (heads up Giana) and the Three Rivers Road Runners. There are so many people who love to pay to run....... I will try to have some more details about this by the end of the week.
There is also the Rochelle Bassett Cancer Fund account set up at Bank of America if people are wanting to help in another way. You do not need an account number just the name.
Friday, October 12, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Last night Jeremy and I loaded the kids up to enjoy our high ranking status in the retail world. Since Jer's brother works for Target, we got invited to friends and family opening of the W. Richland Target.
Which means not only were we lucky enough to shop the store 16 hours earlier than most "regular" customers we sampled Starbucks Smoothies, ate petit fours, got rocking Pharmacy Gift Bags, and even a $10 gift card. Eat your heart out Oscar Hosts, we may not have Prada in our gift bags- but we got a whole lotta Pepsid, Tums, razors, contact solution, and Burts Bees Lipgloss.
Oh yeah, how cool was it to be me last night??
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Is it just me?? I read all your blogs and am greatful no one else seems to be lacking in the thinking department- it is my one reprieve. Some read the newspaper, I read the news of the people I love and enjoy.
By the way, I loved conference. I always have, always will. I can't pinpoint a favorite talk- It's just the same for me with scriptures and hymns. (In Relief Society were are supposed to fill out a Q&A about ourselves and mine is filled except for those parts, so I haven't turned it in yet. It's not like I hate hymns or don't read the scriptures. I just can't choose one as "MY FAVORITE" because I feel like its evolving all the time. Some things are more meaningful during certain times of my life than others.) Anyway, back to the original thought I was following.... All the talks had something that was especially for me, and I can't wait to read them next month.
In other news I have gone back to running, and as much as I hate the early morning rising and the cold I love the time I spend with Jessica. I will admit to anyone that I am socially motivated by many things, and running is at the top of the list. Now that we have scaled back to a few days a week and short leisurly runs it has been more enjoyable, less pressure. I'm sure this isn't flowing real well, but I did start out with a disclaimer.
I also canned 67 pints of spaghetti sauce with Jessica this weekend. We started Friday morning and finished about 8pm Saturday night. Unfortunately when I opened a jar for dinner on Sunday it wasn't the glorious experience I had been dreaming of. Don't get me wrong it was ok, but a little disappointing for two days of hard labor... you can't win 'em all.
This week is crazy and as Jeremy kept watching me add stuff to the calendar yesterday he said "Good thing you have the Relief Society Retreat."
Yes, it is a good thing.
Ok. Enough. The End.
Sunday, October 7, 2007
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Everyday Kaden grabs my face and tells me he doesn't want me to die, or go away. It breaks my heart everyday- and so I ask him, EVERYDAY, why he thinks I'm dying.
"Because you are old. You have a line in your forehead, when you do this." (then he scrunches up his nose).
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Kaden's big day consisted of a birthday lunch with dad, at his new favorite- "Eatza Pizza". Kaden opted to take Brynnlee with him, even though Jeremy told him he didn't have to. (I think Jeremy's motives were a little selfish since the first thing he said when he walked back into the house was "Do you know how hard it is to take two kids through the buffet line?")
Hmmm... I can't imagine what that might be like.
For dinner Kaden chose Subway and was so excited to eat his sandwich on the special Birthday Plate. The family came over later for cake and ice cream.
Kaden was so excited about his cake! All day he kept asking if it was time to eat it... He even made me take a ton of pictures as soon as I was finished with it! And blowing out the candles?? Just watch the video below.
Monday, October 1, 2007
Friday, September 28, 2007
Jeremy getting all the gear out for everyone.
Helmets are required and bike lights are strongly recommended.
Making our way to the trailhead.
The Hiawatha route ran from Chicago to Seattle.
Warren and Breanne came with us.
Jeremy and me at the first tunnel opening. This is the longest tunnel on the trail measuring in at approximately 1.66 miles. It is long, dark, wet, and cold- BUT so much fun!!
The "other" side.
These tunnels were dug by hand in 1909!
A little waterfall along the way.
One of the many bridges you make your way across.
Taking a picture break.
And if you look down this is what you'll see. You can barely see the river in the middle of the screen in the picture below.
We had so much fun! Who's coming next year??
If you still need more convincing go here!