Monday, December 28, 2009

On Christmas Eve and Traditions Old and New

Ever since I was little, Christmas Eve has been one of my most favorite days of the year.

My parents and family always tried to make the entire Christmas experience special for my brother and I.
When we still lived in Great Falls we always had a set schedule of going to the Children's Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes then out to pizza with grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins and then we'd all pile into cars and go look at Christmas lights. Once that was over, depending on the time we'd either go over to someone's house and watch a movie (usually National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation) or we'd go our separate ways for the night.
Once the extended family events were done for the night and it was getting to the time that we needed to get ready for bed my parents, brother and I would sit around our Christmas tree and my brother and I would get to pick one present to open. This was such a special tradition and really set the mood for my brother and I.

Last Christmas, I got to share this tradition with Jeff as it was our first Christmas experience in Arizona with my parents.
This year, we spent Christmas with his family and I got to experience some new traditions.
Jeff's family usually goes to a later mass on Christmas Eve, but they were SO generous in accepting my request to attend the Children's Mass at Holy Spirit. There's just something about the Children's Mass that puts you in the Christmas spirit! After we headed home to a wonderful feast of crab legs and prime rib. This is the one tradition that stood out and was repeated over and over when I would ask Jeff about his favorite Christmas memories. The feast was scrumptious and we were all stuffed. Then it was bed time for Caderyn but not before he opened one present from Mimi and Papa Swan before he went to bed. I would like to keep this a tradition with our family to keep that special feeling of Christmas.
Jeff's family opens up their gifts on Christmas Eve and that's exactly what we did. I did keep the presents from my parents unopened until the next day, but it was a lot of fun to defy the usual rules that I've always grown up with and tear into the pretty presents just a couple hours earlier.
We sure got spoiled!

After that it was bed time and the Windmueller's like to sleep in a little on Christmas Day so that was also very nice. I used to be the person that got up at 5:00 a.m. to check and make sure Santa had come. :)

Caderyn got up at 6:00 a.m. but then went down for his nap at 8:30 a.m. and I went back down with him. We all slept in unti labout 11:00 a.m. (I was shocked! I haven't slept that much in over a year). Then Caderyn started to open his presents...but I will write more about that later!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
More blogs about our holiday experiences to come as soon as I'm around a regular computer!

Monday, December 21, 2009

The Last Days: A Movie Critique


So this last Netflix round, I was in the mood for something a bit serious and historical. I rented The Last Days. Directed by Steven Spielberg, this documentary follows detailed accounts of five Hungarian Jews as World War II entered its last leg. The Hungarian Jews were among the last to be arrested, but they were also extremely persecuted and had some of the highest numbers in deaths.
I was completely intrigued as each person started off their story by recalling how happy they had been before with their families and the love they all shared and how they knew of the threat of the Germans, but never thought it would happen to them. But then it did and they were shoved face first into a nightmare. In the blink of an eye their lives were changed. Neighbors turned on them, they were immediately sent to concentration camps and many lost all of their family within a matter of two days.
They also interviewed a German doctor who did experiments on the Jews. He was not formally charged because he let Jews stay longer to be tested on so they would not be killed by the gas chamber. They interviewed American soldiers who helped liberate the camps and they interviewed some other very interesting characters. They interviewed a Greek Jew who was in charge of collecting the bodies and burning them after the gas chamber. His story was very heart wrenching and intriguing.

One of the hardest scenes to watch was when a Hungarian Jewish woman, whose story was being told, went on a journey back to Auschwitz to try and figure out what had happened to her sister. She discovered that her sister had been sent to the experimental labs. They found some charts with her name on them, but couldn't figure out what the numbers and tests meant so they asked the German doctor. There was a scene where she confronts the doctor and asks him what it meant- he didn't know. He asked why she was sent to the labs and/or why she was killed over and over. The doctor's answer was, "You know why."
Even though this documentary was released in 1998 I find it absolutely amazing that after so many years, that was his answer. It was so cold and unforgiving.

Overall, this was an amazing documentary to watch. Despite the heartache and some very graphic photos and video.

Its the Holidays

I haven't been very good about keeping updates coming, but, as you all know its the Holidays and things get a little crazy.

If you're like me and check certain blogs every day just be patient. I will get the ball rolling after the New Year. I promise.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Mr. 9-Month-Old

And our baby dog.

You Know You're a Mom When..

  • Your face, neck and hands are covered with scratches and bite marks NOT from a fight, but from your sons tiny little teeth and fingernails. Those suckers are sharp. No matter how many times you clip those nails in a week or give him a teething ring/pacifier he still finds a way to mar your skin.
  • Scenario: Your son has taken a GIANT poop. Its so bad and stinky its leaked all over the lower half of his onesie. Part of you rejoices in the fact that he's not constipated. The other has to stop and think how in God's name you're actually going to get this clean. You know you're a mom when you actually consider getting some scissors and cutting the onesie off of him rather than fight the struggle of trying to get it over his head without getting the poop everywhere. I've actually considered this multiple times but have yet to find a good reason to get the scissors out. Solution: Just suck it up and fight the fight. You'll probably walk away with poop up to your elbows, but at least your son will be poop free...until next time.
  • Scenario: You want to watch a Netflix that has just come in the mail. Baby is taking a nap and you are exremely excited for some "me" time. You walk over to your T.V. and find it takes longer to wade through the barrier of boxes, baskets and pillows you have set up in front of the entertainment center to protect both your son and electronic equipment than it would to watch the movie. Solution: You only get to watch the first five minutes of the movie before baby wakes up.
  • You go to cook a meal and realize half of your cooking utensils are now almost permanent residents in the toy box or tubby toy basket. 
  • You buy more clothes for your baby than you do for yourself
  • You love waking up in the morning because your son has become the next American Idol and sings to himself every morning when you wake up. I will seriously lay in bed for 30 minutes and listen to him sing and laugh at himself. Its the best.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Thankfully Thankful

I am thankful for holidays.
  • Paid days off from work
  • Family time!
  • Starting traditions.
  • The colors, parties and decorations. 
  • Did I mention days off from work?

Monday, November 23, 2009

Thankfully Thankful

I am thankful for crossword puzzles.
I've been doing crosswords since I was little. My Grandma on my dad's side would take crossword puzzle books when we went camping and we would do them together.
I find there's nothing more relaxing, calming and challenging than a crossword puzzle.
Plus- it keeps my brain pretty snappy!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Thankfully Thankful

I am thankful for emotions.
Because of them, I feel human.
I would be concerned if I didn't feel sad, happy, excited or frustrated.
Because of emotions I am able to figure things out. Why am I frustrated? Why am I excited? And them I am able to work on solving the problem or working toward the reward.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Mr. 8-month- old

Thankfully Thankful

Today I am thankful for telephones.
Because of phones/cell phones I am able to talk to my parents every day.
Though they are thousands of miles away I am able to curtail my homesick heart by talking to them.
I can chat with my grandparents and my friends.
I can make plans for the evening or take pictures of my sweet little boy and send them to family.

Although they can be annoying sometimes- people are using them to detach themselves from reality and not have to physically communicate with people- I am thankful for the connections people are able to help me maintain.

Thankfully Thankful

Ooops. I missed a day. I'm going to play catch-up.


Yesterday, I was thankful for breakfast.
There's nothing better than starting off your day with a hearty meal. I could eat breakfast morning, noon and night.
It is the easiest and most filling meal to make.
Yum!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Thankfully Thankful

I am thankful for fitness.
There's nothing better than working up a good ole sweat by running outdoors or heading to the gym. I've always, always loved exercising.
My parents used to take us hiking when we were little and I've been in organized sports since I was five.
I've played soccer, golf, tennis, basketball, volleyball and powderpuff football. :)
I am thankful my parents gave my brother and I the opportunity to experience the joy of exercise together as a family and I am thankful I have enough drive in me to continue exercising even when the bed is calling my name a little bit more than that treadmill.
Here's to being fit and healthy!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Sarah's Fabulous Movie Critique

This one is more of a television critique.
The wonderment that is Netflix saved me from boredom last week.
Mad Men Season 1 arrived on DVD.
I love it!
It takes place in the 60s. The main, main character is named Donald Draper. He is one of the big wig ad men at a company called Sterling Cooper. He makes lots of money with his ideas for big companies. His life whirls around lots of smoking, drinking and cheating on his wife and then covering up all of his secrets.
We also meet a bevy of other characters with fabulous depth and potentinal.
I would highly recommend this show. Jeff likes it a lot too!
I can't wait to get Season 2 in the mail!

Thankfully Thankful


Today and every day I am thankful for Montana.
It is probably one of the most beautiful states.
It has lush green forests in the spring and summer, beautiful explosions of color in the fall and then turns into a winter wonderland.
It has lakes, valleys and rivers. Wildlife, city life and easy life.
It has been my home for over 15 years and I love it. The scenery is beautiful and the people are nice. What more could I ask for?

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Thankfully Thankful

I am thankful for family.
I have been fortunate enough to grow up around grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. I am close to nearly every single one of them! Without family there would be a huge void in my life. They make me laugh, challenge me and love me unconditionally.
I'm proud of my large extended family of over ten aunts and uncles, 21 cousins and 7 second cousins. They are all wonderful people and I am SO thankful for each and every one of them.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Thankfully Thankful

I am thankful that I can read. There's nothing so calming and enlightening as a good book. I've been reading since I was five and for some reason that habit took. I love reading ALL of the time. I would rather read a good book than do anything else! it educational, exciting and soothing to the soul.

Some of my favorite books are:
  • Gone With the Wind (LOVE)
  • Catch-22
  • The Book Thief
  • The Sookie Stackhouse Series (Dead Before Dark, The Living Dead In Dallas, Club Dead etc)
  • The Grapes of Wrath
  • The list goes on and on and on and on!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Thankfully Thankful

Today I am thankful for photographs. They are the key to some of our most favorite memories. I love going back and looking through albums, remembering some of the shenanigans that happened and smiling.
Here are some of my favorites!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

An Early Christmas Gift

Last night was the Helena Art Walk. We have never gone and I'd seen the featured artist in the newspaper, loved her work and decided I wanted to go.
I especially wanted to go and price a piece by the artist called "All My Love" which was a piece showcasing a young woman opening up herself to love. For some reason I fell deeply in love with this.
So we bundled our little family up and went to the walk. As I arrived to the store that held this artists work I immediately targeted and piece and scooted over to look for a SOLD sign or at least a price. I was shocked at the price- it was afforable and didn't blow the bank. I'd been talking about this picture since Thursday to Jeff and telling him how I wanted to go see it and then he saw how excited I was about the price and how I wouldn't shut up about it. I tend to talk and talk and talk about something I'm really excited about- bad habit.
But my Jeffy Poo bought me the picture as an early Christmas gift. I was so surprised and excited when the lady took it off the display and handed it to me telling me he bought it. I don't think I stopped smiling all night.
Here's what the picture looks like:
I see it as a fairly modern piece- something a little bit away from my normal comfort zone of family pictures and nature. Everyone I guess might have a different interpretation of the piece. I see it as a young girl full of hopes and dreams, opening herself up to the possibility of new love with innocence and unabashed emotion. I should be an art critic :p

Thankfully Thankful


Today I am thankful for coffee. Although I don't drink it on a regular basis- I kind of go through spurts- I find that a good ole cup 'o' joe does the body good.
  • It wakes me up
  • Its a good excuse to catch up with a friend
  • It warms the soul
  • It makes you look like a grown-up :)
  • Getting a pumpkin spice latte or peppermint mocha latte from Starbucks is seriously like drinking Christmas in a cup
  • Making your own fun coffee flavors with creamers at home is always an adventure

Friday, November 13, 2009

Thankfully Thankful

I am thankful that both my husband and I have jobs.
With the economy the way it is today and all of the bills we have to finish paying off this year I feel very blessed to get a pay check every month.
We may not like our jobs all of the time and we're both pretty sure this isn't what we want to be doing for the next 25 years but the experience we are getting is so valuable.

I'm happy we are able to provide for our family and pay off what seems to be a never ending pile of hospital bills. I'm happy we are able to afford groceries and pay off our heating and water bill and able to buy warm clothes for the sometimes ruthless Montana winters.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Thankfully Thankful

I am thankful every single day for my wonderful friends!
There's been a group of us that have been friends since grade school, some that I met in college and a few that I've just met in Helena. You know me as Sarah, Sarahbear or Swan. You know the real me- the me before stress from bills and jobs and trying to fit everything in one day- and you love me regardless of my flaws. I hope to one day grow old with most of you and join the Red Hat Society. They are always there to give me a call when I'm feeling down, always up for going out OR staying in and always, always down for coffee or ice cream and a good conversation. I think I'd go crazy if it wasn't for you wonderful girlies!!
PHOTO TRIBUTE!






Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Thankfully Thankful




I am oh so thankful for my bed. It is my refuge after a long day. There's nothing like sinking into bed after a loooong day of work and mommyhood. My whole body just melts in exhaustion once I hit that mattress. It keeps me warm when I am cold, cradles my body when I am tired and provides a place of solitude from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. My dear, sweet bed, I had a lot of trouble getting out of you today. One day, hopefully very soon, there will again come a time when I can snuggle all day long and not have to worry about getting out until at least 9:00 a.m.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Sarah's Fabulous Movie Critique


Last week I ordered When the Levees Broke on Netflix.
I had some time over Friday and Saturday to watch the two disc documentary and all I have to say is wow.
Very educational, very powerful.
Its told from both the white and black perspective, all from people who experienced Hurricane Katrina and have suffered greatly in its aftermath.
It reveals how certain parts of the government tried did everything they could to alert the part of the government that would actually take action- and yet nothing got done.
When I finished watching this documentary, I felt very frustrated and discouraged and very sad for all of the people who suffered and are still suffering. FEMA really is one of the biggest failures of the century.
I would highly recommend this feature film if you're in the mood for something educational and real.
There's my two cents!

Thankfully Thankful




I am thankful for my grandparents.
I am so lucky to have both sets still in my life! They are the most wonderful people in the world!
From them I have learned a few cooking tricks along the way, the importance of family and heritage.
They have taken care of me when I was sick, wiped the tears from my face and made me laugh until my stomach hurt. They have read to me, bought me ice cream and watched cartoons with me.
I have SO many wonderful memories of my grandparents that there just isn't enough time in one day to put it into words! I love them more than I can describe and am so lucky they are my parent's parents, my grandparents and Caderyn's great-grandparents. But, then again they already knew they were GREAT grandparents :)

Monday, November 9, 2009

Thankfully Thankful


Today I am thankful for hot showers.
Dear hot water:
You replenish my tired soul when the day has dragged on and on.
You ignite my heart, to make it start beating faster in the wee hours of the morning.
You wash away the worries and stress, filling me with hope at the dawning of a new day.

A bit poetic- but yes, I love taking hot showers morning noon and night and I am thankful we have hot water to do that!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Thankfully Thankful

Today I am thankful for my mother and father-in-law.


  • Pam and Craig are wonderful people!
  • They are SUCH hardworkers with both of their jobs.
  • They love, love, love their grandson!
  • They live only an hour and fifteen minutes away and come to visit every chance they get! This is wonderful because I get all of my errands done much faster than if I took the baby!
  • They took Caderyn for a week when I was catatonic with the flu so that I could get better much faster.
  • They are their families biggest champions!
  • Pam's spirituality is extremely admirable.
  • Craig's determination and commitment to learning something is amazing- I see some if that in Caderyn when he really, really wants something!
  • I love them!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Thankfully Thankful

Today I am thankful for the weekends. Especially ones where I don't have to work.
  • I love waking up with the little man and spending the whole day with him!
  • Cleaning and organizing my house since I don't have a lot of time to do it during the work wee
  • Baking/Cooking
  • Splurging on a Saturday brunch
  • Getting some shopping done. 
  • Lounging on the couch and getting caught up on Netflix
  • Going for walks mid-day- its not too cold then!
  • Going to Open Houses on Sundays :)

Friday, November 6, 2009

Thankfully Thankful




Today I am thankful for Lucy.
  • She is a purebred Welsh Corgie. 
  • She has a huge personality. 
  • She's a stinker.
  • She's a snuggler.
  • All she wants to do all day is play and she's so happy for attention!
  • She talks to you (kind of)
  • She knows when your sad and gets right up in all of your business to give you kissies. 
  • I love how she hides food all over my house. 
  • She sleeps on her back with her legs splayed in a very unlady-like fashion. 
  • She's a goofball. 

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Thankfully Thankful

Today (and most days) I am thankful for my soulmate, my husband Jeff.


  • He is funny
  • He is SUCH a hard worker
  • He is accommodating to my crazy work schedule
  • He gives up his favorite pastime, sleep, to stay home and watch Caderyn all day until he has to go to work. 
  • He does a funny booty shaking dance
  • He is a snuggler- I LOVE!
  • He is my voice of reason- sometimes. Usually I'm always right :0)
  • He is a wonderful father and husband
  • Even though he works a horrible night shift, he works very hard to try and spend time with me. 
  • He usually just sits back and lets me call the shots. 
  • He lets me call him Jeffy Poo about seven times every day without getting annoyed. That's love!
  • I love him and couldn't imagine my life without him.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Thankfully Thankful

Today and every day I am thankful for my son, Caderyn :)

  • He is the reason I live, the reason I breathe, the reason I wake up every morning.
  • He is almost 8 months old and I can hardly believe it!
  • He is always so happy when he wakes up in the morning. 
  • He has a silly and loving personality.
  • He loves his mommy!
  • He has amazing determination and curiosity. 
  • He is a beautiful miracle from God, the reason everything finally makes sense. 
  • I could go on for hours- I love him and am so thankful to have him in our lives!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Mr. Personality




Where do I begin to talk about how much my little man has grown up? His personality pushes through more and more each day. He laughs out loud at himself, sings to himself and to his mommy and daddy and looks at everything! His first tooth is officially out and still giving him a rough time. He chews on everything and drools everywhere. He rolls over to get from Point A to Point B and he can army crawl. Our house is no longer as safe as I once thought! Baby-proofing, here we come!
He dances and flirts and observes. He babbles.
He's eating baby food and holds his own bottle when he drinks now. He sometimes sleeps on all fours with his butt in the air. He realizes that mommy leaves to go to work in the morning and gets very upset when she puts her coat on (this one just breaks my heart). He loves to make loud noises. He loves to be sung too. He loves watching Lucy play and walk around the house. He loves his tubbies and his tubby toys. He has a deep and wonderful belly laugh and he smiles almost all of the time.
When he sees something he wants, his face is set in a look of determination and he tries his hardest to get it. He loves reading books- and- trying to eat them!
He's my sweet and amazing little man!
I love him so much!

Thankfully Thankful

Being that November is a month for reflecting on thankfulness. I've decided to try and post at least once a day on something I am thankful for.

Today I am thankful for my parents.

  • My mom and dad have been married for 26 years. 
  • They are wonderful and considerate parents who have always tried and worked very hard to provide the best for my brother and I.
  • They have provided excellent examples of a loving marriage and family. 
  • They took us to Disney World. Twice
  • They talk to me every day on the phone.
  • They are amazing grandparents who love and miss the Bub so much. 
  • They have instilled the importance of family.
  • They work extremely well together.
  • I love them!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Marveling With Mother Goose

The rhyme: The Grand Ole Duke of York

The Grand Old Duke of York he had ten thousand men
He marched them up to the top of the hill
And he marched them down again.
When they were up, they were up
And when they were down; they were down
And when they were halfway up
They were neither up nor down.

Looking at this one, I'm definitely thinking of huge historical underlings.

Lets see what my favorite website says.
This rhyme is believed to date back to the 15th century with the defeat of some guy named Richard, who, just so happened to be the Duke of York. There was a "War of the Roses" where the houses of York and the houses of Lancaster were fighting for more than 30 years in something that resembled the Civil War.
So Richard held claim to the English throne and was deemed Protector of England during the Battle of Wakefield in Dec of 1460. Here, the Duke and his army marched to his castle and took up the defense against the Lancaster army. The Duke's castle, called Sandal Castle was atop a hill and pretty much awesome in terms of safekeeping. In a random moment of madness though, the Duke decided to leave his stronghold to go down the hill and make a direct attack on the Lancaster army. The Duke and his men were overwhelmed and killed. The end.

Monday, October 26, 2009

If my life were a sitcom...

Now I've never been that much of a T.V. person.I'm not saying I'm perfect but when it came to watching T.V. or doing something else, I'd more than likely be doing something else. I usually can't sit still that long to pay attention. I keep thinking I could be working out or cleaning or doing something more productive.

Since we've had Caderyn, I've become quite a little T.V. junkie.

Here's the schedule I now have when night-time falls.

1. Monday: Two and a Half Men, How I Met Your Mother, Big Bang Theory
2. Tuesday: Biggest Loser
3. Wednesday: Glee
4. Thursday: Project Runway
5. Friday: The Soup (if I can stay up that late)

I'm not proud of this, but it is something to take away the edge of being confined to the house.

Today I Love...





No, not streakers- PUMPKINS!
I love pumpkins and how the define the true feeling of Fall.
I love their color and their smell and how gooey their insides are when you're getting ready for carving.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Enjoying the Simple Things on a Saturday

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Eating carrots and dancing to some Toddler Tunes.


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Playing in his jumper.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Tubby Time!

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So don't pay Jeff or I any attention in this video. We were trying to take a picture and were obviously recording instead. :)
But it turned out to be a very sweet video of our guy playing in the tub.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Another Television Obsession



I've been trying to keep this a secret, but, just don't think I can any longer.
I have developed an addiction to the sick and twisted lives that are characterized on Gossip Girl. I don't know how this happened...nope...wait. I think the guy that plays Chuck Bass is cute in a douche-baggy kind of way so I rented it.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Blah

So.
I've come down with the flu.
More than likely, its the swine flu. Great.
I don't remember the last time I've been so sick.
I have:
1. High fever
2. Something horribly wrong with my respiratory system
3. I ache all over. Even my teeth hurt.
4. Dizzies
5. Nausea

Yesterday was so awful. I couldn't do anything with Caderyn and poor Jeff was with him all day. Everytime I walked out of the room to go to the bathroom and Caderyn saw me he would scream. I was a wreck all day.
Jeff's parents, Pam and Craig came last night to get him after I went to the doctor and they told me try and remove the Bub from the house. I was SO upset but I know its the best thing.
I'm on quarantine until Monday and then we should find out what my test was and if I feel better.
Hopefully I do!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Testing...1,2,3

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I love...



Being a mom.
Its the most rewarding thing to come home every day and see my smiley little guy's face light up when I walk in the door.
Makes all my worries and frustrations vanish.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Reason #1 I Might Just Hate Being a Grown Up



My dad isn't here to "get rid" of the mouse that wanted to share my coffee with me this morning.

Scenario: Its roughly 6:00 a.m. I've just finished feeding my hungry little man- who- by the way hasn't been able to have a good bowel movement since Saturday. More on that later.
I put Mr. Bubbers (Caderyn) in his crib, hand him my plastic cooking spoon and turn on his mobile.
This is what I do every morning and then I get ready for work.
Stumbling into the kitchen to turn on the coffee pot I see a quick brown streak across the floor and freeze. I have to blink a few times to fully wake myself up before it streaks by again, stopping to look at me this time. ITS A FREAKING MOUSE!
So at about 6:10 a.m. I'm shrieking at the top of my lungs and the mouse disappears.

So now I'm going to be the one stuck at home listening for the trap to snap the life out of the little mouse. NOT SOMETHING I WANT TO DO! I suggested to Jeff that we just get the Cinderella trap. You know, the one from the movie Cinderella where it just traps them alive and then you can take them outside somewhere and let them go or, if you're really into it, dress the mouse up in little outfits and name them Gus. Not my cup of tea, but to each his own!
I don't want the little mouse to die, I just want him to LEAVE FOREVER. Now I'm sitting in my office freaking out about how filthy my house is because of this mouse. All I want to do is go home and BLEACH EVERYTHING and vaccum and scrub until my house sparkles, yes, sparkles.

My dad gets in to Missoula tonight and will be driving through Helena tomorrow on his way to a business trip in Great Falls. I called him this morning and asked him if he would stop in and kill/ take care of this mouse for me. He laughed and told me, "Nope, you have to do this on your own. You're a big girl."
No I'm not! I mean, I might be 5'11 and married with a baby, but I'm still his little girl! Doesn't he want to take care of me! My husband just laughed and made an evil comment about spewing mouse guts on the kitchen floor. Thinking about that comment makes me want to cry! I hate mice, I hate spiders and I hate bugs but I don't want them to necessarily die! I mean, seriously, I apologize when I kill a spider. As I'm squishing it with a broom or a shoe I apologize out loud.
Why can't my dad just take care of it?

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Marveling With Mother Goose

THE RHYME: Goosey Goosey Gander

Goosey Goosey Gander where shall I wander,
Upstairs, downstairs and in my lady's chamber
There I met an old man who wouldn't say his prayers,
I took him by the left leg and threw him down the stairs.

Again with the violence! I'm thinking this one originated around the time that good ole' King Henry VIII was trying to overthrow the Catholic Church. Not quite sure what the goose reference is just yet but I'm sure the old man not saying his prayers and the violence that ensues has to do with denying the Catholic religion.

Let's see shall we...
So I visited my go-to site www.rhymes.org.uk and this is what I found out.

The Lady's chamber refers to a woman of high society who has her own room. The basis of this rhyme possibly date back to the 16th century and refer to Catholic priests hiding in "Priest Holes" or secret chambers to avoid persecution from Protestants. If these practicing priests were caught they would be killed, along with anyone that was hiding them. The moral being that if your didn't say your prayers, your Protestant prayers- thus revealing your devotion to the Catholic faith, great harm would come your way.

Interesting. I feel that perhaps we should try inventing new rhymes.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Marveling With Mother Goose

THE RHYME: THREE BLIND MICE

Three blind mice, three blind mice
See how they run, see how they run
They all ran after the farmer's wife
Who cut off their tails with a carving knife
Did you ever see such a sight in your life
As three blind mice?

Okay- so upon my first read I think this rhyme is pretty straight forward. Three blind mice running around this house and somehow they must mistake the smell of the farmer's wife and cheese and end up running after her. This lady, the farmer's wife is terrified of mice and grabs a knife and cuts off their tails and then we have three blind mice running around with tail stubs.

But, what does this rhyme actually mean??
According to rhymes.org this rhyme came from English history. The "farmer's wife" refers to King Henry VIII's shunned daughter Mary I. Mary I would later take over the throne from her father after his death (and then death of Henry's only son). She was given the nickname "Bloody Mary" for the death and persecution she brought to Protestants. Mary was a staunch Catholic and as we all know Henry threw that out the window and made himself head of the church.
The reference to "farmer's wife" is a guise for the three massive estates that Mary and her husband owned. The "three blind mice" were Protestant noblemen convicted of plotting against the Queen. They were burnt at the stake.

So to summarize:
Three blind mice, three blind mice - three noblemen who are blinded by their faith (perhaps?)
See how they run, see how they run- see how they plot against the Queen (perhaps?)
They all ran after the farmer's wife (they all plotted against Queen Mary for her Catholic persecution of the Protestants)
Who cut off their tails with a carving knife- Queen Mary had them burned at the stake
Did you ever see such a sight in your life- Did you ever see three men so stupidly blinded by their faith that they would openly try to destroy the Queen
As three blind mice- As these three noblemen

The Epic Weight Loss. Week...19...I think

So far I have lost 16 pounds and counting. Woo!
I'll get there before the year is over. I've got another 25-30 I'd like to lose.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Sew, Sew, Sew Happy

So we are abour four eliminations into the newest season of Project Runway. This just so happens to be the only show I watch religiously and plan my Thursday night around. I've never done this for any TV show!
I'm going to make some predictions for this season- we'll see how close I can get.

These are my predictions for the final three designers that I think are going to make it to Bryant Park.
1. Christopher (I love his play on hard and soft fabrics)
2. Althea
3. Shirin

I think the dark horse that could upset one of my choices might be Irina.

The person that I think will be eliminated next week is...Nikolas

Hooray for Project Runway!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Marveling with Mother Goose

The Rhyme: Old Mother Hubbard
Old Mother Hubbard went to the cupboard
To get her poor dog a bone
But when she got there
The cupboard was bare
And so her poor little dog had none.
In my initial glance at this nursery rhyme, I would say this one is pretty straight forward. This old lady is obviously poor and can't even give her starving dog a bone.
Not so! Here's what the research has provided:
Some speculate that Old Mother Hubbard could be a portrayal of Cardinal Wolsey, King Henry the 8ths advisor- for some time. If you've ever watched The Tudors on Showtime (love!) he's played by the guy from Jurassic Park. He was a VERY important man for his time, but failed to follow through with the King's divorce from his then Queen Katherine of Spain. As the story goes, he wanted a divorce so he could marry Anne Boleyn.
In this rhyme, the "dog" is King Henry and the "bone" refers to the divorce. The cupboard of Old Mother Hubbard is a symbol for the Catholic Church
Therefore, Old Mother Hubbard went to the cupboard: The Cardinal went to the Church
To fetch her dog a bone: To try and get King Henry a divorce.
But when she got there, the cupboard was bare: But when the Cardinal presented his case, he was shut down
And so her poor dog had none: And the King wasn't granted a divorce.
Interesting!!

Real Housewives of Montana

So in my pregnancy and then again after I had Caderyn, I got hooked on Bravo's Real Housewife show. I wasn't the person that would sit down and watch it religiously, but if it was on and I just happened to be settled in front of the TV, I watched it.
Its a horrible show, showcasing the lives of women who have a real warped sense of reality and I can't stand half the women but for some reason I have to watch. Which frustrates me.
Most of these women have had their wealth handed to them by marriage and exploit the heck out of it. They don't do anything except prove the materialism of America and in most of these women's cases uphold America's standards as one of the highest divorce-rate countries.
Doesn't anyone believe in saving money, not spending it.
Doesn't anyone believe in love and not money.
Doesn't anyone believe in working for a marriage?

Therefore, I'm going to promote myself to become a part of the next Housewife installment, Real Housewives of Montana. Oh yes.
Montana born women working for a living, working toward a strong and dedicated marriage and working toward not spending money and enjoying nature at its finest.

Not all housewives have to be rich or have plastic surgery or be successful. Doesn't being rich in love count for anything? What about determination and the willingness to keep after the grind day after day?
The cameras should follow me and of course a few other women around as we do our day to day routines while enjoying the splendor of Montana.
Half a million trip to Rome? Please! Try a $100 trip to Yellowstone.
Millions of dollars in jewelry? My wedding ring is all I need, plus I can go and find my own rubies and sapphires in the mountains!
Sit at home and paint my nails all day? Psh. Follow me around during my day job and then follow me home to my night job as a full-time mommy. No nanny and its just me because Jeff's at work. I can guarantee my kid won't be screwed up.
Porsche? Hummer? BMW?
Try a Subaru on for size- this car can do anything!
$700 on shoes that hurt your feet?
Try $150 on snow boots that will last for five years and probably save me from falling down.
Money, money money, falling out of the sky?
Oh dear lord I wish! See how real people deal with their stupid insurance companies and the mounting piles of bills.
I think it would be a hit! Don't' you?
Here's me, your average working woman/housewife:

And here's the unrealistic stupid housewives:
http://www.bravotv.com/the-real-housewives-of-new-york-city/episode-8-game-set-feud

Despite the glitz and the glamor and the fakery, which one do you think would be more fun?

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Just Sayin'

I would like to take this moment to say I wish I had a billion dollars and could buy my own island.
I want to sit on a beach with my toes in the warm sand and not be disturbed in any way.
I don't want to hear complaints or problems. I don't want to talk to insurance companies about stupid hospital bills that they're supposed to pay. I don't want to hear my husband complain about how tired he is. I don't want my phone to ring- once. I don't want to hear about every appliance in our rental home is breaking and we have to pay for it. I don't want to be bothered with anything work related.
I just want to sit on the beach with my sweet baby boy and enjoy nature at its best.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Funny little man

Okay so I was trying to be fantastically technologically saavy and upload this video and for some reason I CAN'T!!! I wanted this to appear on my blog rather than having to route people to it.
If anyone knows how to do this- help me!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLTsGXkcjtU

Here's the link to the thing I was initially trying to upload. I wanted to use this to tell a story about my son.
So in this clip, Peter Griffin is coughing to cover up the fast that he's passing gas. Hilarious.
Well, my son has started to do this now.
He's recently figured out that his fake little cough that he loves to do will hide the fact that he's blowing loud and sometimes stinky air out of his butt. Its HILARIOUS!!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Family Love





































These pictures are about five months too late. These are some of the pre-baby pictures we had taken. Eventually we'll get more pictures taken and finish it in one big family picture collage that will fill some very, very empty space in my dining room.
I can hardly wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!