This is serious business at our house. This is not about the candy. No wait, it is only about the candy! I think Samuel wanted the baby to go trick-or-treating so that he could get extra treats. Here is a bonus to living in Texas: for the first time ever I waited for little ghosts and goblins in a short sleeve shirt. Craziness!
I think next year we migh try a theme: Batman, Robin and the Penguin!
So, this is where Doug is right now. He’s there on “business,” and so it’s apparently not any fun. However, he’s spending 4 days all buy himself, eating expensive meals on expense account. He’s looking at Gucci for computer bags and walking along the beach. Oh dear, I feel so badly for him. How does he do it?!
I have decided that I should also have a “business” trip! It won’t even be that bad for him because I’ll have the baby. At first I thought about going to Oregon with my mom, but the dates didn’t work out for Doug (likely story). Now, I have a new plan to take a week-end get-away with my sister. It’ll be official business because she’s planning a new business venture.
The question now is, where should we go. She’s in Nova Scotia and I’m in Texas so we kind of need to meet somewhere in the middle. We also want some place where we don’t know anyone so that we won’t have to spend our entire vacation visiting with people. So, I’m looking for input. Where do you think we should go? Keep in mind we’re two young, hip ultra-cool women + one 3 month old baby.
Today is Jill’s special day! Oh how we miss Jill. I should hav written a poem about it, but poetry isn’t really my strong point! Suffice it to say, Jill is awesome for many a reason:
1. Her house was always a hotbed of fun activity.
2. She always made the arrangements for our weekly get togethers (I’m not a huge fan of the phone).
3. She is hilarious.
4. She is a wild woman (see above photo)!
5. She is an awesome mom, and she always makes me feel like I’m doing a good job at being a mom.
6. She’s married to Brian, so she feels my
pain joy in being married to a genius!
7. I defy you to find a cleaner home, or a more organized woman!
8. She gets along very well with her mother-in-law, which is very inspiring to me!
9. We always felt like we were a part of the extended Martin family!
10. She always made sure we were included in whatever was going on.
I have said it before, and I’ll say it again. If I had to have a sister wife, I would want it to be Jill! Why can’t any of these awesome people live close by! I miss you a ton.
Yesterday I was awoken by a very excited little boy saying, “Hey Mom, I’m four years old! How cool is that?”
I don’t know where the time went, but I am now the mother of a four year old! I was feeling a little guilty this year because we decided not to have a party, and then I decided not to make a cake. We went to Sea World for his birthday, and I bought his cake at the grocery store. I was a little worried about the cake, but Doug ad my Mom said that it was perfectly alright not to make the cake. Then I worried about what Samuel would think if he realized that I only made cakes when other people were coming over. What does that say about me. Then came the horror of placing the cake order and having the lady at the store tell me that they had no Power Ranger cake stuff. So, we ordered Spiderman. I was feeling guilty enough, but then when Samuel saw it he was upset that it wasn’t what he asked for. Doug tried to comfort me by saying that Samuel would never remember his 4th birthday, but it doesn’t matter, because I’ll remember it! And, if the whole cake incident wasn’t bad enough, Doug’ parents called from Mongolia, and all Samuel wanted to tell them was how I got the wrong cake! Fortunately they couldn’t understand what he was saying because the sound was a little off, but then Doug got on the phone and told them exactly what Samuel said! I asked him why he felt the need to tell his mother about my birthday cake failure and he just said, “Well my mother wanted to know what he said.” It’s like the man has no idea how to embellish!
Well, all I can say is that time flies when you are having fun. It’s this kind of stuff that makes me, at my craziest times, want to have a dozen kids!
Right now I’m a little in love with Matt Flynn, and not just because he bears an uncanny resemblance to Matt Damon! Matt Flynn was a superstar tonight, and he led the Tigers to victory! Woohoo! Without him, there would be a lot of door slamming going on right now. Instead, Doug spent the past half hour helping me find the best pictures to show off their look alike-ness!
Have any of you heard of the FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes)? At the end of the game members of the FCA from both teams met on the field to pray together. It was quite the impressive scene.
Anyway, thank you all who joined my cause. You made my night, and also Ingrid’s night, much much better!
Everyone please keep quiet and concentrate. There are 6 minutes left in the 4th quarter and the Tigers ar up by 6, but it’s not a happy 6. In fact, I’m surprised my children haven’t been woken up by all the yelling. Think happy thoughts. We can’t lose two weeks in a row. You cannot imagine how bad the rest of my night will be if these next five minutes don’t go well.
Think happy thoughts.
I have been trying to get organized a little bit at a time. Even though, in theory, our new house is bigger than our last house, it seems as if there is actually less room to hide the clutter! That me be due to lack of hall closets or lack of a basement, I don’t know. what I do know is that I actually have to go through stuff and find a home for things. On my journey through the piles of stuff I came across a list that I wrote while I was at BYU. This was before I met Doug, but definitely while I was looking for him! My mom suggested that I list exactly what I was looking for. She told me to be very specific. I have to say, that he pretty much has everything on the list (although even I understand that 5,6 and 22 are somewhat exclusive of each other!). So without any further ado, here’s
1. Return Missionary
2. Worthy Priesthood Holder
3. Understands My Sense of Humour (I was still spelling in the Canadian way back then!)
4 . Spiritual
5. Humble (I’m still laughing about this one!)
6. Self Confident
7. Taller Than Me
8. Excellent Sense of Humour (If you ask Doug what he thinks people’s first impression of him is, he says “comedian!”)
10. Loyalty to His Family (I should have thought harder about this on. It has come back to bite me on many an occasion!)
11. Good Looking to Me
12. Snappy Dresser
13. Looks Forward to Fatherhood (no problem here, he raised 8 siblings all by himself)
15. Good Listener
16. Likes to Dance
17. Likes to Travel
19. Loves Me
20. Respects Me
21. Supports My Goals
22. Smart ( I should have been more specific here!)
23. Likes Movies
Ah, Fall … the crisp Autumn air, the beautiful leaves, the sandals and flip flops? This isn’t right! I love Texas. It’s great … really, but come on! I took the boys to a pumpkin patch yesterday, and by the time we left they were completely covered in sweat. That’s not how Autumn is supposed to be. I grew up wearing snow pants under my Halloween costumes! This year my kids could dress up as Tarzan! It’s just not right. I need changing seasons. I don’t even know if there is such a thing a soup weather here. I could serve Summer salads all year long! Some of the gardening catalogs suggest plants that bloom red and orange in the Fall so that you can try and fool yourself into thinking the leaves are changing color. This is kind of depressing. Some people get sad in the winter, well I get sad if there is no winter! Curse Al Gore and his Inconvenient Truth! (p.s. Who gets the Peace Prize for a documentary?)
Our first house isn’t our house anymore. This is kind of bittersweet for me. We learned a lot in our little Salt Lake cottage. We had two babies, Doug got his MBA, we learned a lot about plaster and plumbing. We made a lot of wonderful friends, and it was here that we really became a family. At first I was a little offended that nobody wanted to buy my house, but I’ve let that go, and now I’m just happy that our company offered us a guaranteed buy-out!
For the most part, I definitely feel like we’ve hit the jackpot here. We have drawers that open, the temperature is consistently comfortable, and even though we still live on a corner, I have no problem letting the kids play outside. However, there are some things that I miss about our old house: our proximity to our friends, our old fireplace, the built-ins in the dining room, and the great view that we had of the 4th of July fireworks.
I know that we couldn’t have stayed in that house forever, but I had all these visions of the three boys sharing their room, and the things that we would be doing. Now, that chapter is officially closed. We are here, and there is no going back to our little house on Parkway. We have all new memories to make here.
All the LSU loyal cousins
Aah … nothing says a nice relaxing week-end like 3 car seats in the back of a Cobalt for a trip from San Antonio to Baton Rouge! Now, just in case any of you are wondering, Laredo is NOT on the way to Louisiana! At least this time, it wasn’t me who made the wrong turn! We probably should have figured out our mistake some time before 1 hour into the trip. What was it that clued us in, you ask. Oh I don’t know, maybe the sign that said “Eagle Pass: Fastest Way to Mexico”!
So, the journey took a little longer than we expected (12 hours instead of 7), but once you take out the 2 hours for the wrong turn, the stopping every two hours like clockwork to feed the baby, the Houston rush hour traffic, the necessary stop at Goode BBQ so that Doug could maintain some semblance of sanity! All things considered, I think we made good time!
The week-end, despite the rocky start, turned out very well. We had a great visit with family, and most important of all, LSU won their game against Florida! As an added benefit, the new baby started sleeping through the night. Maybe we should take him out of the pram and have him sleep on the floor all the time!
Trying on some new LSU gear!
I didn’t even mind watching the kids while Doug was at the game because when the tigers win, it puts him in a very good mood. Also, I got to spend some quality time with my sisters-in-law. The more time I spend with Ingrid, the more ideas I get for Christmas. We have their names this year, and I’m feeling pretty good! There was some trash talking the next day, however. Apparently Ingrid is under the deluded impression that she’s married to the smartest boy in the family! Come on, anyone who knows Doug, knows he’s the smartest guy in the whole wide world!
Ingrid and I with the new babies (mine can be the tailback, and hers can be the nose tackle!)
Sometimes I am guilty of thinking negatively about an idea before it even happens (7 hour roadtrip to Louisiana with 3 very small children, etc…), but this trip worked out very well. We all had a wonderful time, and we are seriously considering a return trip in Feb. for Mardi Gras (I know, I know!).
p.s. If you’re going to go to the trouble of bringing the car adapter for the portable dvd player it would help to actually bring the dvd player!