Thursday, January 31, 2008


okay so i stole this from aly monsons blog, but it was TOO funny to not share. i dont have kids yet so i probably cant appreciate this to its fullest, but it still had me laughing out loud. enjoy!:

A 3-year-old tells all from his mother's restroom stall.
By Shannon Popkin

My little guy, Cade, is quite a talker. He loves to communicate and does it quite well. He talks to people constantly, whether we're in the library, the grocery store, or at a drive-thru window. People often comment on how clearly he speaks for a just-turned-3-year-old, and you never have to ask him to turn up the volume. It's always fully cranked. There've been several embarrassing times that I've wished the meaning of his words would have been masked by a not-so-audible voice, but never have I wished this more than last week at Costco.

Halfway through our shopping trip, nature called, so I took Cade with me into the restroom. If you'd been one of the ladies in the restroom that evening, this is what you would have heard coming from the second~to~the~last stall:

"Mommy, are you gonna go potty? Oh! Why are you putting toi wet pa per on the potty, Mommy? Oh! You gonna sit down on DA toiwet paper now? Mommy, what are you doing? Mommy, are you gonna go stinkies on the potty?"

At this point, I started mentally counting how many women had been in the bathroom when I walked in. Several stalls were full ... 4? 5? Maybe we could wait until they all left, before I had to make my debut out of this stall and reveal my identity. Cade continued, "Mommy, you ARE going stinkies, aren't you? Oh, dats a good girl, Mommy! Are you gonna get some candy for going stinkies on the potty? Let me see doze stinkies, Mommy! Oh .. Mommy! I'm trying to see in dere. Oh! I see dem. Dat is a very good girl, Mommy. You are gonna get some candy!"

I heard a few faint chuckles coming from the stalls on either side of me. Where is a screaming newborn when you need her? Good grief. This was really getting embarrassing. I was definitely waiting a long time before exiting.

Trying to divert him, I said, "Why don't you look in Mommy's purse and see if you can find some candy. We'll both have some!" "No, I'm trying to see doze more stinkies. Oh! Mommy!" He started to gag at this point. "Uh oh, Mommy. I fink I'm gonna frow up. Mommy, doze stinkies are making me frow up!! Dat is so gross!!" As the gags became louder, so did the chuckles outside my stall. I quickly flushed the toilet, in hopes of changing the subject. I began to reason with myself: "OK. There are four other toilets. If I count four flushes, I can be reasonably assured that those who overheard this embarrassing monologue will be long gone."

"Mommy! Would you get off the potty, now? I want you to be done going stinkies! Get up! Get up!" He grunted as he tried to pull me off.

Now I could hear full-blown laughter. I bent down to count the feet outside my door. "Oh, are you wooking under dere, Mommy? You wooking under DA door? What were you wooking at, Mommy? You wooking at the wady's feet?" More laughter. I stood insid e the locked door and tried to assess the situation. "Mommy, it's time to wash our hands, now. We have to go out now, Mommy." He started pounding on the door. "Mommy, don't you want to wash your hands? I want to go out!!" I saw that my "wait 'em out" plan was unraveling.

I sheepishly opened the door, and found, standing outside my stall, twenty to thirty ladies crowded around the stall, all smiling and starting to applaud. My first thought was complete embarrassment, then I thought, "Where's the fine print on the 'motherhood contract', where I signed away every bit of my dignity and privacy?"

But as my little boy gave me a big, cheeky grin, while he rubbed bubbly soap between his chubby little hands, I thought, "I'd sign it all away again, just to be known as Mommy to this little fellow."

Sunday, January 27, 2008

lucky me

this post is basically to tell yall how lucky i am. i have such a wonderful husband, who i love dearly. he is a strong priesthood holder, has so much integrity, strives for the best in all that he does, he is unbelievably he is a hunk ;) let me tell you a story so you see just how thoughtful he is:

this past week i have been freaking out a little (...or alot) about this talk i had to on sunday (which was today..and by the way it went fine. i lived through it...weird. haha. ) . well anyway, those of you who know bj, know that he is the exact opposite of that- he doesnt mind speaking at church, he is good at telling funny stories in front of large crowds...he is just a people person through and through. so at the beginning of the week he just kind of rolled his eyes and said something about how i am not 12, i shouldnt be nervous, and would do a great job. basically telling me to suck it up and just do it. as the week went on he saw how seriously nervous i was. so last night he got home from work at about 8, and announced he had a surprise for me, and that he would give it to me when i was done writing my talk. i was half way through it, so he sat down and helped me write the rest of it. Afterward he told me to wait in the living room while he went into our bedroom. a few min later he came out and took me by the hand and told me that he knew how nervous i was about talking and so he wanted to do somethign to help calm my nerves. he took me to the bathroom where he had drawn a bubble bath for me. i got in and he proceeded to bring me a diet coke (woo hooo!), sit down next to the tub and then took each of my feet and scrubbed them down with one of those callous remover things, and then massaged each one. when he was done he got up and told me to just relax because i deserved it.

Now, i dont know what his mother taught to him growing up, but DANG she is doing something right! she is a saint. i hope i can raise our kids as wonderfully as she did hers. he is so great and i am so grateful for him. he knew i was nervous about speaking, something that he couldnt relate to AT ALL, but he still went above and beyond to make me feel better about it.

and that folks is why i am lucky :)

Friday, January 25, 2008

ive been tagged...

10 random things about ME

10. i hate hate hate wire hangers. i think they are difficult and ugly.
9. i have had pretty much the same hair style since 9th grade. (that will be changing on tuesday though...wooo hooo).
8. i love love taking 'sauna' showers. turn on the shower, weigh down the sides of the shower curtin so they stay closed, sit down and relax. :)
7. i love to drink diet coke while taking my sauna showers. and i thought bj didnt know....but he just told me he does in fact notice. haha.
6. im petrified to speak in front of large crowds of people. thats why i am so excited to speak this sunday in chuch. ggrr.
5. my first car was a 1989 yellow astro van with no AC...yea baby!
4. i cannot stand stuff scattered on the floor. if its on the counter, bed, table...its okay. but for some reason i have to pick it up asap if its on the floor.
3. i love being extra warm all of the time.
2. i steal the covers and most of the bed during the night. bj is finally learning to just push me over. im also a very mean sleeper. yikes.
1. i dont freak out over the big things, but stress over the little (not important) stuff.

i tag....marianne, amber, samye, carie, stacy, kristi, aly, , emily, chelsey and jenna

"You have been tagged...The rules are: Once you have been tagged you have to write a blog with 10 weird random things, facts, or habits about yourself. At the end, you choose 10 people to be tagged. Don't forget to leave a comment that says, "you've been tagged" on their profile and tell them to read your blog." just putting it on here instead of yalls hopefully you all read this at some point in the near future :)

Thursday, January 24, 2008


i have an apt to get my hair cut on tuesday, and i am super excited about it! it is getting to the point where i dont even fix my hair because it is too long to deal with, so im ready for a change! i have been looking online at pictures of girls with curly hair, and this is what i have come up with

i really like how her hair is layered enough to make it look good, but not too layered as to make her look like a clown (those of you with curly hair can relate). so im going to take those pictures in with me and hope for the best. i am going to the same girl that my mother in law and sister in law go to, so i am sure it will turn out fine. i am going to try out some highlights too. i have never gotten any, so i am gonna take ashleys advice and start with "hidden highlights" and just do a few carmel colored ones. that way, if it turns out bad, i can blame her :) haha...just kidding. ill post some pictures after i get it done...wish me luck!

Monday, January 21, 2008


well is your update! not a lot has happened in the past month, and im not sure how exciting any of it is..ill fill you in anyway though. haha. i guess i havnt blogged in a while so ill start with christmas. the day before christmas eve we went to bj's parents house and decorated gingerbread houses with his side of the family. then on christmas eve we went to my moms house and spent the night. everyone but jonathan was in town, so that was alot of fun to get to see some of my siblings i dont see as often. we were able to watch my nephews open their gifts christmas morning, which so fun for me because im a little obsessed with them. haha.

bj and i with our gingerbread house...

i loved our first christmas together. this is my wondeful husband about to open his gifts from me...for some reason he always finds it necessary to make this face when im trying to take a good picture...haha.
we started school last week. we are both taking full loads and are really excited about that. i had taken a year off, and then last semester we only took two classes, so its nice to be going full time again.

dakota is getting so big! she is not very good at listening to me though. haha.

oh remember that little "youngs biggest loser" thing bj and i were doing?? well, he won. by far. he gained his 10, and i lost....2. haha. maybe ill win next time. haha.

so speaking of nutrition/fitness... bj has a friend he grew up with named chase. chases wife is named mellisa and they live about 15 min away from us, so we hang out with them alot. she teaches classes at local gyms, and is pretty good shape...but not in like marathon or half marathon shape. just regular person shape. so lately she has been telling me how easy it was to get certified to teach the classes and that is so great and easy and blah blah. so SOMEHOW she convinced me that it may be a good idea for me to get certified. haha. well. haha. i had actually been thinking about it a little until saturday. saturday while bj and i were at the gym i went to this class called "camp 24". and holy crap. it was so hard. no only was it hard, but i discovered just how uncoordinated i am. haha. yall think im laughing to make a joke, but i kept praying bj would not peek into the little windows and see me looking like a maniac. it was probably pretty funny to watch, but i made the choice right then to never try and teach people to do what i was doing. haha.

thats about it with us. nothing exciting like news of a new baby :)....but life is good. i really love the stage of life we are in right now. im just trying to enjoy it and soak it all in, because before i know it, it will be over.

i hope all is well with yall...and congrats to amber for having her baby yesterday! we cant wait to come see him (hopefully sooner than later). have a good night!! oh and go see 27 dresses...its too cute! and james marsden is so adorable in it.