Saturday, December 31, 2011


Phew!  Try to remember passwords after 3 weeks?  That's tough!  In my world, it's still 3 hours until 2012, but for some people, like the fabulously lovely and entertaining Julianna, it's already a new year.

I feel like I've been gone for ions, yet I could have kept going, I wasn't the one going, "What am I suppose to do? I can't stream anime!"  Can you guess who in this house that was?  I'll give you a hint, it wasn't an estrogen driven complaint........and yet I'm sure you'll be told that it was all me, simply because I said my mom was calling more often since she wasn't getting facebook updates.

Where have we been?  Well, the first week of no internet was due to not being able to afford it (aka bill past due and no money with which to pay it), the second week, well, if I was willing to spend 65 cents per minute I could have used the ship's internet, and this last week was due to the same reason as the first week and also my telling my husband that we should just drop our service provider all together because we really couldn't keep pretending we could afford it, as the whole point of getting cell phones (okay not the whole point, part was so we could be in contact when he was at school and I had the car) was for it to be cheaper.....after a measely week I've been overruled and I'm not going to complain much.  See, I was really running out of craft ideas.  That and it's too cold for me to be willing to walk across the street to the drug store so I can copy the rice krispy treat recipe off of the Kelloggs brand box, so now I can look it up on the internet.  My generic Crispy Rice and store brand marshmallows don't have the recipe.......and it's also not in any of the cook books I own.  What's up with that?!  *sigh*  Now I'll have to get caught up with pictures of Christmas and the cruise and the cute photos of my girls that I took yesterday and today with one of the greatest Christmas presents ever.  It was a really awesome Christmas, let me tell you.  Or well let me tell you eventually.  Right now I have a couple hundred emails to go through and I want to check facebook and more importantly Pinterest, cause by golly we've about run out of ideas, though we did make some pretty cool paper birds from the Family Fun magazine.


Thursday, December 8, 2011

Ah the smell of......

a new furnace.  Kinda funky and not overly pleasant.  That'll go away in a bit they say.

I was going to keep the flat front panel of the furnace to use for a magnet board for the kids, and the guy putting the furnace in says, oh, want a piece of sheet metal instead?  Sure!  Very cool.  And free.   

And somehow these two slept through most of it!  And that was noisy!  We'll soon be warm!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011


Mischief in her new winter pajamas

The 40 year old furnace

Hazel Mae who is cute even when she is unhappy.

Daddy is her favorite.

Seeing if the Johnny jumper interested her.  It did so we pulled out the jumperoo (we have limited doorframes).  She didn't overly mind being stuck in the girl's doorway, but with the jumperoo she can be in the middle of the floor.  Thanks Aunt Shannon for the hand-me-down!

Drama Queen, another favorite person of Hazel's.

My Mr. Man

Funny Drama Queen

Stocking stuffer in progress.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Last night my sister-in-law invited us over for dinner.  It was super nice since I had no brain as to what to make. My thought process involved "Okay we have turkey......we could have turkey and cranberry sandwiches.....if we had bread, which we don't. Alright, we can have turkey stirfry..........or we could if we had vegetables besides just broccoli.......Um, um um um...................."
Of course today though I feel worse than I did yesterday, I realize we do have carrots and celery that I could have stir fried or we have all the fixings for turkey broccoli casserole.  Some days I'm just brainless, and thankfully April rescued us yesterday.  It was really yummy too.  And so so nice to spend time with them!  Hazel Mae loved their Christmas tree.  We need to put our up.
I'm so glad I have such an awesome family, both my own and my husband's.  It's nice to have good relationships with your family.

I had cheese and sour cream yesterday and Hazel Mae was not happy last night.  She didn't want to sleep, she didn't want to swing she didn't want to lay down she didn't want to be walked and bounced, she didn't want to be held.  I gave her tylenol and finally was so tired (this was all from 2:36am to 3:14am) I just put her to bed and let her cry a bit.  She didn't cry long before she was asleep.  It woke up Mr. Man though and so he's going to be super tired today.  At least he ended up working on his essay for 4 more hours!

I don't feel good today.  I mean, ya, I've been sick and miserable for almost a week now, but really, I just want to crawl back into bed today and just sleep.  Guess I over did it yesterday with the cleaning in the play room and socializing.  And I really really hate the something-is-lodged-in-your throat feeling that you get partway through a cold/flu.  I took sudafed to help with my head and chest congestion.  I may just lay down on the floor here and take a little nap.  Nevermind, I have to go pick up Drama Queen from school in less than an hour.  And take Mr. Man's movies back to redbox, cause he SUCKS at doing that.  I love him.  He just cost us a LOT of money last time he got redbox movies.

It is extremely cold outside.  I am very grateful for the space heaters we have been loaned.  And that my sister-in-law is going to call for bids for the furnace.  Really, how do people learn about doing this stuff?  I'm glad she's around to tell us what-for and to keep us from just closing our eyes, opening the phonebook, and sticking a finger on the page to pick...........

UPDATE:  Um, I so didn't even think to check if sudafed was okay for me to take, and according to it's only listed as "probably safe" to take while breastfeeding.  So it's up to your digression. I've looked up DayQuil, and it is okay to take, which is mainly what I've survived on the last week. (store brand).

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Update: furnace

Well that didn't work.  On to Plan B...tomorrow.  Thank you again to those who have given us space heaters to use or offered help or even just commiserated with us through facebook or by phone.

What a Weekend

Saturday morning I was laying in bed working on waking up as Mr. Man puttered around getting ready to go running.  Hazel Mae was asleep in the swing still, I assumed, so I asked him to go check to make sure she was still alive (slept there 4 hours straight!).  He said she was starting to wake up.  I then told him how when I put her out there at 3:45 I tried to turn the heater up, but it didn't work.  He looked at me then dropped what he was holding and went over to the thermostat.  Pushed buttons.  No effect.  Went to the heater.  Pilot light is out.  He spent 15 to 20 minutes trying to light the pilot.  I started to get out of bed and realized just how cold the house was.  It was 64 degrees when I put Hazel in the swing.  4 hours with no heat and light snow outside, it was at least ten degrees colder.  So Mr. Man went for a run to help him think of what to do.  And I, of course, got on facebook.

I love my family.  Especially my ward(church) family.

I love that a number of ward members are on facebook.  Including the primary president and the Bishop's wife.  The primary president, who is not on facebook frequently, signed on that morning, read my post regarding us not having heat and that it was the same temperature outside as it was in, offered her space heater.  She even brought it over to me.
Mr. Man headed up to Ogden because a niece of ours got baptised yesterday and took Drama Queen with him as she's the only kid who's really not sick.  Before they left they bought an electic blanket for Mischief, Hazel and I to keep warm with as well.
Then the Bishop's wife got on facebook and was her fabulous self.  told me who in the ward knows furnace stuff and even offered that we could sleep at their house so we'd be warm.  I thanked her and told her I'd have Mr. Man call, as I could not, having very little voice (seriously, I'm a mix between a boy going through puberty and a heavy smoker.  It's not pretty or very understandable).  She decided to call.  And last night the fellow who knows furnaces came with his gorgeous wife (we hadn't met them before) to look at our heater.  He took it apart and told Mr. Man what it looked like was the problem, and if it wasn't that, then the furnace is dead.  He was sure that the piece would be hard to find and we'd probably have to call someone to come and look at it officially to order the piece.
After they left, we went to Target to get warm pajamas.  Footsie pjs for Mischief, Drama Queen.........and me!  We also got some 24 month onesies for Mischief to wear underneath, as she kicks her blankets off.  On the way home we went by my brother's house because they have 2 space heaters also.  While Mr. Man was getting the space heaters, apparently he was talking with my brother about the part that probably needs replacing on the furnace and low and behold (don't you just love those words?) HE HAD THE PART.  God may give us trials, but he also gives us the ability to overcome them.  Apparently their furnace had needed that part replaced at some point and they'd bought the item and it turned out there's a right hand and a left hand version (kinda like doors, eh?)  and their furnace takes a left and ours a right.
Long story shortened a bit, we all stayed warm last night thanks to the borrowed space heaters and electric blanket (under Mischief) and Mr. Man will try to fix the furnace after church today.  Hoping and praying it works!  Though I do quite like my footsie jammas.  Except that Nick and Nora (brand) don't seem to realize that women require a bit more space in the bum area.
I have pictures to go with this post, like of how 24 month onesies and 2T fleece jammas are massive on Mischief, and of our furnace doing nothing (so exciting), but that requires going to the other computers, so they'll have to wait a bit as I'm choosing to stay by the space heater in our room that is now up to 57 degrees!  (it was 55 an hour ago).

In a completely unrelated bit......has anyone seen the "Beautiful Bangs" infomercial?  It frightens and disturbs me.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Trying out the new equipment.

Mischief's dinner that she chose not to eat.  Except the apples.  Well the meat of the apples.
 Cute feet!

 Hi swinging Hazel!
I have slept most of the day.  I'm grateful to my husband for allowing me to do so.  This also means the kids spent the day watching tv.  Oh well, that's what happens when you are sick, yes?  My throat still hurts but it doesn't feel as swollen and thick as this morning.
Funny thing is I'm still tired.   Lovely.  Anyone have any brilliant and easy dinner ideas?  I guess we'll go with fish sticks and green beans.  Or we've got microwave burritos.  Hurray for easy food!
I just don't feel good.  Time for more tylenol probably.  Oh, time to start a new load of laundry too.