Sunday, August 21, 2011


So I got offered a job...
the ONLY ONE that I applied for...
the one that I waited an answer for for two months...

Its just a "test proctor" for College of Southern Idaho.
So a testing center person who checks people in to do their test.
Sooo nothing special....

I felt pretty proud that I got the job though...

so I went to training on Wed.
Looks pretty manageable.
No hard labor or long time standing up.
And its not minimum wage.
So we are GOOD!

Then Maverick and I sat down that night to work out our schedules.
We did the math, made a daily schedule and day care expences for Hyrum and came to the conclusions that we would only have a $60 profit.

Sooo, I quit on Thurs morning...

Anyway, the whole point of this post is to share what I realized during this whole process.

Maverick voiced out during our discussion that it is very important for him to not have Hyrum (or any of our future kids) to be bounced around all over the place or in day care for long periods of time.

Which I totally agree on, BUT staying at home ALL DAY EVERYDAY can get pretty old.

Maybe I would feel a lot better about staying at home if I can drive,
or if I was better at keeping the house clean,
or if we had more money,
or if I had friends.

But the past few weeks I was feeling really down about myself.
like there was something missing...

I felt like I really really needed a job because we are NEEDING the extra income to not only pay for everyday necessities but also to prepare for the new baby.

I also felt like I needed a job so that I can have a break from Hyrum. My 'lack of adult interaction' has led me to become easily frustrated and its rubbing on to Hyrum. I felt like it would do both of us good if I left him in someone else care for 3-4 hours a day. 
Its not that long after all...

I grew up with my mum ALWAYS having a job.
So I NEVER imagined myself being a stay-at-home mom.
Actually, i've always known that I will have a career despite my wants to have lots of kids.
And MAYBE I will...

BUT, I realized that right now
the BEST THING for our family
is for me to be with my son 24/7.

So with that, im still unemployed.
And have been since December 2010.
I havent been unemployed for this long since I was 15 years old!

But im ok with it because now I choose to see it from a different perspective.

Because, I am in fact, EMPLOYED.

My job is to teach, to nurture, to discipline a child of God.

And come to think of it,
If not the most important!

Yes! I scream at him, and get angry, and send him to timeout
and sometimes I just want NEED timeout myself.

BUT, in all reality,
He makes me laugh, and love life, and 
more than he makes me cringe.

So here's to declaring that

I dont get financial security, medical benefits, and company meetings.
I get wet kisses, soft cuddles, "abb oo" (love you), and "tee tum" (thank you).

Much more 'Eternally Beneficial', if I say so myself.


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Oh, Baby! Go, Baby

Today is your day.
You're off to Great Places!
You're off and away!

You'll be on your way up!
You'll be seeing great sights!
You'll join the high fliers
who soar to high heights.

Except when you don't.
Because, sometimes, you won't.

But with banner flip-flapping
once more you'll ride high!
You'll be ready for anything
under the sky!
And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So ... get on your way!
- Oh, Baby! Go, Baby!
by Dr. Seuss
Hyrum with his little sisters' first picture.
Expecting baby number two in January. AND its a GIRL!!! 
I am T-E-R-R-I-F-I-E-D! But super excited!  

*ultra-sound pics are both babies. Hyrum the first one and baby the second one.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Bargain Hunting

My dad is a garage sale JUNKIE.

And I LOVED waking up bright and early Saturday morning to go with him.

So naturally, I still enjoy going out and looking at other peoples junk to find treasures.

Too bad the other half HATES it...

Anyways the past couple of weeks I've found some great deals...n i thought I'd brag about it for just a second.

8 books for $1 at the local library annual book sale
Elmo and Lightning McQueen for 25c each at a yard sale.
Brand new $16 bought from the thrift store for $2. 
Brand new $5 snow pants for Hyrum at a children store sidewalk sale.

25c at a yard sale 

I wanna learn to crochet so this 10c yarn from a yard sale was perfect to practice on
Cars wall decals for 25c at a yard sale
Brand new diaper genie for $5 at a yard sale. Normally $40.
On a really tight family budget, yard sales (or any type of sales) is the way to go.

I enjoy it! and I get such a thrill coming home with cheap treasures...

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

18 Months

A little behind on this post.

My little Hyrum turned 18 months in July and I just wanted to do a little update.

He is 33.5" tall and 29.8 lbs heavy.
The little boy isnt quite so little anymore.

He is quite a character.

Always moving!

Never a dull moment as he is always up to something (but its not always a good thing).
Under the fort with daddy
I am truly blessed (though exhausted) to be witnessing the developments of this child. Each day is a different day and everyday is an adventure.

He is talking a lot more now and can usually express his wants and needs, which is great!

The doctor said that at this age 12-15 words is where they normally are at. So I sat down and listed the words that he uses frequently and I know he understands and he has over 80 words. He even has a few sentences like 'daddy at work', 'no more juice/snack/milk/etc', 'oh no broke'. Some of my favorite words are clock (cwock), helicopter (ahahter), milk (mack), remote (meemot), thank you (teetam), rubbish/bubbles (babish), donut (totak), and of coarse, MOMMY!
He learned to sign milk, please, thank you, food, open, and water but barely uses them now since he's been saying it instead. He is very smart and can mimic things really well. He knows the actions to wheels on the bus, twinkle twinkle little star, popcorn popping, monkeys on the bed, itsy bitsy spider, pat-a-cake, and little piggies. He is very good at making animal noises too.
He RUNS EVERYWHERE! Walking doesnt exists in his book.

He HATES clothes! Since its summer right now and usually very very hot, he runs around in his diaper at home. But of coarse to look civilized, we put clothes on him when we go out and he DESPISES it! We have to hold him down to put clothes on then he spend a few minutes afterwards crying about it and trying to pull it off.

He loves Barney, Elmo, Blues Clues and Lightning McQueen. We only let him watch about an hour of TV per day. Just when im cooking or cleaning and I need him to stay put.

Bedtime is STILL a problem! He wakes up 2-4 times a night crying bloody murder and stops quickly as soon as I enter the room and hold his feet. He's worst now with sleeping than when he was a newborn. But he still takes a 2-3hr nap a day which is heavenly for me.

He is truly a BOY. Loves conquering the playground up to the very top which sometimes makes me nervous. He loves trains, cars, trucks, but his absolute favourite are planes and helicopters. We would YouTube planes taking off and helicopters and the likes, which will occupy him for a while. Any stick that he picks up is a sword and he likes to throw things (balls, rocks, grass, toys) which is sometimes not good as well.

He likes to throw away his diapers after being changed and take dishes back to the sink. He "helps" out with sweeping, wiping the table, vacuuming, moping the floor and tidying up his room. But he is also VERY stubborn and enjoys doing naughty things like pull DVDs out of the cabinet, pull on cords, mess up mommys cds and flushing the toilet.

He eats like a champ (most of the time) and shows off his Asianess because his favorite things to eat are rice and noodles (besides noses).
Playing with cousins Elizabeth and Naiella
He has a beautiful smile and a contagious laugh. I love it when his eyes disappears when he laughs or smiles.

And lastly, hes a little bit LOT weird...

Maverick and I laugh and do the 'hes your child' glare whenever he shows off his weird side (which is pretty often).

For example, he runs at full speed then runs into the fridge/door/couch on purpose. Pretends to give you kiss but gives a lick instead. Climbs on the couch and slides off to the floor head first. Does a happy feet dance and have the funniest facials while doing it. Blows raspberries on peoples tummies even if they are standing up. Spreads his leg far apart as to go on a splits then says 'ow wo wo wo'.  He also HAS to say goodnight to the vacuum every night after saying family prayers.

But, despite being a BIG ball of ENERGY, he is also a very sweet very cuddly little boy that we just cant imagine life without. Everyday we are grateful to have him in our lives. His presence makes our life more exciting and meaningful.

Watching a child grow from a helpless little fragile newborn to an indestructible hyperactive toddler is truly a miracle. It is not always easy, but it is DEFINITELY worth it!