Monday, December 22, 2008

finley's blessing day

on sunday, december 21st, we blessed finley jean!
i started *and* finished her dress on saturday ... nothing like a deadline to get me moving on a project. everything turned out lovely. she looked beautiful (of course there were things i would have changed ... but overall i LOVED it.) we were surrounded by friends and family who truly care about our little family. robby gave a beautiful blessing ... overall it was a FABULOUS day.
here is a picture of our little family.
here is our family with robby's mom, who joined us for the blessing, then headed off to her church to sing ... then joined us again for food after.
finley with my parents. pictures of finley ... i mean is *was* her special day. i sure think she looked cute!close up pictures of her outfit ... headband (all of the flowers are on hairclips ... so they are removable ... and finley can wear them when she gets older and grows more hair)diaper cover ... nicole called them "boy shorts" they looked soooo cute on her under her dress.some close-ups of her dress.and the baby shoes that i made totally completed the ensemble! i absolutely LOVED how they turned out ... and the flower clips just made them 100% cuter!

EDIT: the white fabric was some of the 90/10 cotton lycra knit that i use for my modest clothing (, the white netting was leftover from the curtains in my living room (, the headband was made from some nylons.

men in her circle: robby, my dad, scott, tj, my grandfather, and chad kelland ... patrick was supposed to be there, but couldn't because his wife and daughter were sick.

Friday, December 19, 2008

aidan loves his great-grandparents

aidan loves his great-grandparents, g-papa and gigi (ya know ... "G"reat-"G"randma.) yup ... he loves 'em ... and balloons ... let's not forget balloons ... he points them out in stores, on tv, while driving in the car.
last weekend my parents watched aidan while robby and i attended his work christmas party. my parents had planned to attend a retirement party so they took aidan with them. he was the life of the party saying "hi" and patting them to everyone he saw. all of the sudden he yelled "papa" and started running away from them. my mom tried telling him that "papa" was with her (my dad is called "papa" and was standing next to her). he continued to run. as my mom made her way through the crowd her found aidan. he was at the feet of his great-grandfather and was patting his legs, motioning he wanted to be picked up and excitedly saying "papa" over and over.
i LOVE that aidan knows his family and is excited when he is with them! when my mom was telling me about what happened it brought joy into my heart. this is why we are so lucky to be able to live close to family.
updates for this week:
first words the nursrey leader said to me on sunday as i went to pick up aidan ... "what did you feed him for breakfast?! pixy stix?!" apparently he was more exuberant than usual.
aidan's vocabulary is amazing me everyday. he can now count to 10 and uses sentances (6 words so far!) sheesh! he's growing up so fast!

Monday, December 08, 2008

aidan loves his paci

aidan loves his paci. we've been trying to limit it, sometime is works sometimes it doesn't. these 2 pictures CRACK me up. he's silly even when he has a paci in his mouth. and yes he really does walk around with 2 pacifiers in his mouth.
head on over to the jocole blog ... i'm talking about clothing personalities this week (on monday, wednesday and friday)

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

recipe wednesday - parmachoba chicken

parmachoba chicken
4 chicken breasts
1/4 C Ranch Dressing (prepared)
2/3 cup ritz crackers - crushed (or bread crumbs, potato flakes ... etc.)
2/3 cup parmesan cheese
1 Tbsp dried basil
1/4 C butter, cut into pieces
1. preheat over to 400 degrees.
2. marinate the chicken in the ranch dressing, at least for a half hour.
3. in a shallow bowl combine the crushed crackers, parmesan cheese and basil.
4. dip the marinated chicken into the cracker mixture to coat.
5. arrange chicken in a 9x13 baking dish, and place the pieces of butter on top of each piece of chicken.
6. bake in preheated over for 25 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink and the juice run clear.
the chicken is so tender and flavorful, robby said this was the best chicken i've ever made.
yes i realize the name is ridiculous ... when i was telling my sister about my made up recipe she said it needed an awesome name, so there you have it: "parmachoba chicken". ENJOY!!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

are you wearing the right size?

i haven't been posting to the jocole blog in AGES!! that blog was created to discuss what was new and going on with my business and also to just talk about clothing and thing related to clothing and dressing in general.
today i'm discussing correct bra sizing ... so head on over there and check it out. i'm also working on a series to help you clean out your closets.

Monday, November 17, 2008

aidan loves to color

aidan loves to color ... i, on the other hand, don't like trying to keep him contained while coloring. he hasn't learned yet that we ONLY color on paper. he likes to try to color on clothing, his hands and arms and the couch!! yikes. (on saturday he found a pen at my moms and colored ALL over the tablecloth on her coffee table ... sorry mom!!!!)

Saturday, November 15, 2008

i couldn't sleep

on wednesday (11/12/2008) i couldn't sleep while the kids were napping, so i decided to be productive instead.
i was having groceries delivered (i will be working on a separate post) that morning, so i cleaned out and reorgainzed BOTH fridges/freezers to make room for the incoming food.
i put away ALL of the groceries (usually there are a couple bags that hang around on the counter or table) (i don't know if you can tell from the pictures ... but it was ALOT of food)
while i was trying to put away our food in the pantry i decided that it needed to be organized, so i pulled EVERYTHING out and then putting it all back.
all my spices are in the 2 plastic containers so i can find everything easily and they are moved out of the way to get to the things behind them easily

while everything was out of the pantry i realized that my counters could use a good cleaning, so i cleaned them entirely (like COMPLETELY moving the microwave, etc.) while i moved the microwave ... realized it was nasty and scrubbed it super good.i also reorgainzed 2 cupboards to fit everything better (you know all the plastic bowls and containers that always go crazy ... plus all their lids)

i even had time to make dinner ... ranch chicken (similar to my butter chicken) and roasted potatoes

aidan kept himself entertained by watching yo gabba gabba and imagination movers ... plus playing with fashion. he's very into socks right now ... especially MY socks. these ones are pink with silver crowns ... haha! and he has foam blocks on his arms (he sitck his arms through the holes) it reminds me of popeye and his huge forearms!after the kids were asleep i went to target to return some items, did some dishes (i haven't had any dirty dishes on my counter for a week ... we've been trying to empty the dishwasher immediately and put the dirty ones IN the dishwasher ... what an amazing concept!)

then i sat down on my sofa, flipped on the tv and worked on my new project (which requires a separate post!)

just thinking about it makes me tired. my feet were aching by the end of the day, but my kitchen looks great and i feel better when i'm in there cooking or whatever.

Monday, November 10, 2008

aidan loves his momma

aidan loves his momma ... he loves giving me hugs and kisses ... CONSTANTLY!! check out my one arm camera skills, while holding 2 children!

Thursday, November 06, 2008

finley's first bath

finley had her first real bath on october 13, 2008, she was really good. i could tell she was not very happy about it as she sucked on her hand as if he life depended on it, but she never cried (aidan used to SCREAM the entire time i gave him a bath). she smelled SOOO good after it.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

a conversation

this will be my only post about proposition 8, i know that everyone in california are blogging about it. so here are some of my thoughts on the subject, though not nearly ALL my thoughts.
"Make no mistake about it, brothers and sisters, in the months and years ahead, events are likely to require each member to decide whether or not he will follow the First Presidency. Members will find it more difficult to halt longer between two opinions. President Marion G. Romney said, many years ago, that he had 'never hesitated to follow the counsel of theAuthorities of the Church even though it crossed my social, professional orpolitical life.'" This is hard doctrine, but it is particularly vital doctrine in a society which is becoming more wicked. In short, brothers and sisters, not being ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ includes not being ashamed of the prophets of Jesus Christ. . . . Your discipleship may see the time when such religious convictions are discounted. . . . This new irreligious imperialism seeks to disallow certain opinions simply because those opinions grow out of religious convictions."Resistance to abortion will be seen as primitive. Concern over the institution of the family will be viewed as untrendy and unenlightened....Before the ultimate victory of the forces of righteousness, some skirmishes will be lost. Even in these, however, let us leave a record so that the choices are clear, letting others do as they will in the face of prophetic counsel. There will also be times, happily, when a minor defeat seems probable, but others will step forward, having been rallied to rightness bywhat we do. We will know the joy, on occasion, of having awakened a slumbering majority of the decent people of all races and creeds which was, till then, unconscious of itself. Jesus said that when the fig trees put forth their leaves, 'summer is nigh.' Thus warned that summer is upon us, let us not then complain of the heat."
--- Elder Neal A. Maxwell
my husband and i both feel very strongly about proposition 8.
that is not to say we have anything against those who are homosexuals, we actually have a close family friend who recently was married to his partner, i guess you could say "husband" now.
that being said, we don't think it's a behavior that we can condone or say it is ok, and we don't want to teach our children that it is. as we lead by example, we are voting YES on proposition 8. we've done our research on both sides of the argument, and prayed about it. and we feel we are making the right decision.
we've been advised to join the conversation on the proposition 8 that is on the ballot in november in california which will protect traditional marriage, if it does not pass then same-sex marriage will continue to be legal in california. the following is a real conversation that i had with my sister heidi, who lives in utah.
yeah i know ... i was just rubbing it in that i live in cali ...
although rob and i talked about moving up there someday today
no way
you guys, the never, no way, no how guys
all b/c of this prop 8 madness ... and not being able to let our kids ride their bikes down the street without our supervision
not anytime soon, but ... it might be a possibility ... someday
it is nice to let the kids run the neighborhood and play outside and not stress
yeah .. that would be one nice thing ... although the con list is much longer than the pro list
maybe, maybe not
utah isn't as bad as it used to be
trust me
haha ... and thats why it's moved to a "maybe" position instead of a "no way" position
you're so lucky that you live in utah so you don't have to hear about prop 8 every 5 seconds!!! i'm SOOOO sick of it
i still hear about it every 10 seconds through proxy
and frankly i think the whole thing has been blown WAY OUT of proportion
i do and i don't ... the more i think about it, the more i realize that is HAS to pass ... and if it doesn't there will defiantely be more talk about moving out of state, or putting aidan in private school
right now most people are only focusing on one point ... but i think it's like throwing a pebble into a pond and we cannot fully comprehend all the ripples that one small pebble will make
short answer, why is that?
or what makes you say that now?
i think most states view california as a trend setter ... and if we legalize it, more will follow ...
but more already have
if it passes in cali, it's only a matter of time before it's a federal issue
and i also think that legalizing it will make it more mainstream and people who wouldn't have "tried" it before would be more willing to, since it would not have the negative-ness to it
maybe, but it will always be a big minority
for sure ... it will most definately be a federal issue .. and if cali legalizes it, it will have more credibility federally
i know that's why so many are making a big deal on both sides
but i have to say, i see the equality/rights angle
sure ... but minorities still exist ... i have friends who have to explain to their 2nd graders why a fellow student in their class has 2 mommies ... it's just gonna get worse
i know
that's the hard part
i see the equal right side ... BUT, passing prop 8 WILL not take away rights that they currently hold. they already have civil unions which are EQUAL to marriages ... they just don't have that title currently the marriage license application no longer says bride and groom ... it says party 1 and party 2 ... how SAD is that?!
yep- that's the part i don't understand- as far as arguments (both sides) go
this is about preserving MARRIAGE ... marriage is between 1 man and 1 woman
yeah, i know
exactly ... there is a couple in cali who are refusing to sign their license because it doesn't say bride and groom
that's why i would vote yes
drama drama drama
i don't think the world will end if gay marriage is legailized ... but i do think there will be many consequences that we can't forsee
i think we should make drunk vegas weddings illegal to preserve the sanctity of marriage
well, yes, that too ... i agree, there are problems with marriage , how it is now ... but does that mean we should make the problems WORSE?
oh, i was just kidding
but, yes, the point is...
marriage in america is pretty sad in a lot of respects
i agree ...
and the divorce rate is a joke
so what's adding one more dysfunction??
so ... why try to save something thats broken? just throw it ALL away?!
no, of course not, i was just joking
but the point is that those dysfunctional problems affect the good ones how, really??
hehe ... that's the no on prop 8's argument ... that gay should have the right to be as "miserable as the rest of us"
it doesn't take anything away from what we have, does it?
equal misery for all
this problem affects my child in school ... divorce and affairs do not
and whoop there it is

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

how do you pick?

how do you pick out your pumpkin for halloween? this is how aidan does it
the second we got there aidan found some loose chickens running around, so he ran around with them.
this is the face aidan makes when you ask him to smile for the camera ... i love my silly boy!
aidan was really interested in the rides that they had, unfortunately him momma and daddy weren't.

here he is checking out some pumpkins

Friday, October 24, 2008

aidan loves finley

aidan loves finley ... he loves giving her kisses, sometimes he loves her TOO much! but it's really sweet.
finley turned 1 month old yesterday. i can't believe it, it went by so fast. to celebrate she slept 8 hours straight (she might have slept longer, but i woke her up to feed her). unfortunately, she didn't go to sleep until 1 a.m. ... and aidan decided to wake up at 6:30 (he usually gets up around 7:30) ... so i didn't get to take advantage of the 8 hours ... bummer!!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

heidi loves my blog

Heidi said she loves my blog and asked me to do this! I love to read other peoples, so here is mine!
i am the last of my siblings to do this ... yikes! check out heidi's, nicole's and scott's
1. Where is your cell phone? sitting on the charger next to me
2. Where is your significant other? in the office (the man cave) playing warhammer ... ignoring me as always
3. Your hair color? Brown with bleach streaks
4. Your mother? one heck of an amazing woman, if only i could be more like her
5. Your father? an fantastic man, an example to everyone
6. Your favorite thing?
7. Your dream last night? yeah ... i don't dream. only when i'm preggo ... so no more. plus it'seven harder when you have to get up every couple hours.
8. Your dream/goal? for to actually become successful
9. The room you're in? my living room, sitting on my new couches
10. Your hobby? sewing, pattern-making
11. Your fear? not being good enough
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? happy and healthy, playing with my kids and husband
13. Where were you last night? hanging with my family at my parent's house ... then home to put aidan to bed and watch some tv with my hubby
14. What you're not? domestic
15. One of your wish-list items? hmmm ... i never know what i want
16. Where you grew up? in ontario, california. in the house my parent's still own ... i LOVE going home.
17. The last thing you ate? in-and-out, hamburger - animal style and fries - crispy
18. What are you wearing? a t-shirt and some comfy knit pants
19. Your TV? on ... with general conference playing, listening to Elder David A. Bednar ... LOVE him
20. Your pet? too many fish to count, and monty (the ball) python
21. Your computer? dell precision m90
22. Your mood? sleepy
23. Missing someone? my family ... i don't get to see them nearly as often as i would like ... especially the ones who live FAR away!! MOVE CLOSER!! my kids want to play with their cousins!!
24. Your car? 2000 honda civic
25. Something you're not wearing? shoes
26. Favorite store? target
27. Your summer? we should have gone to the beach ... poor deprived aidan
28. Love someone? yup ... my hubby and my 2 beautiful children ... and my family
29. Your favorite color? pink ... all shades ... although, i've been totally diggin' aqua/turquoise blue
30. When is the last time you laughed? earlier today, while robby was making aidan laugh
31. Last time you cried? the day we came home from the hospital after i had finley

Friday, October 17, 2008

robby made dinner!

robby made me dinner. he caught the bass himself. then decided to cook it for me. he also made rice pilaf and some steamed broccoli. it was some good stuff. i hope he decides to do it again sometime ... delicious!!

Thursday, October 09, 2008

what's in your bag?

finley's 2 week appointment: 7 pounds 3 ounces and now 21 1/2 inches long (yup ... she gained 3 inches in 2 weeks!!) go finley go!! and a picture, since i know everyone just wants to see her ... who cares what i write about anyways?
here is what the directions say on the side of the can: "for use on cows, thoroughly was treated teats and udder with separate towels before each milking. to avoid contamination after each milking, bathe the udder with plenty of hot water, strip milk out and dry skin. apply bag balm freely and massage gently with this proven ointment twice daily."
this is my personal favorite for diaper rashes. it helps treat rashes and prevents diaper rashes from returning. i know it sounds bizarre, but it really works. my friend (thanks amy!!) gave it to me at one of my baby showers when i was pregnant with aidan. i recently decided to do some research online to see what other uses it could be good for and here is what i found out ...
~ helps treat eczema (i'm testing this one out currently!!) aidan suffers from eczema pretty badly on his legs. the eczema cream we were using just wasn't cutting it. so i've been slathering it on his legs before i put him to bed every night. (then cover with pants ... it is pretty greasy) robby does not condone this behavior, as bag balm is not intended to be used like this. we actually got into a pretty heated discussion about it. i didn't listen and smothered him in the yellow goo anyways. and i must say that his legs have NEVER looked better ... seriously! it's like 99.9% gone after 3 days ... the only patch left is the really stubborn one on his ankle! HUZZAH!!!
other uses that i haven't tried myself:
~ great on chapped, dry skin and lips
~ smother on your cracked heels, cover with socks and your feet will be velvety smooth in the morning.
~ good for treating acne (and acne scars)
~ reduces the appearance of scars
~ good overnight moisturizer on long dry hair
~ helps heal cuts and burns
~ cold sores
~ post-tattoo skin soother
~ sunburns
~ athlete's foot
~ jock itch
~ nursing nipples
~ soften cuticles
~ psoriasis
~ blisters
~ insect bites
~ stretch marks
~ wind burn
~ cradle cap (ya know, the dry scaly stuff on baby's heads -- nicole is going to test this one out on baby caleb!)
~ removing splinters (put a glob on splinter and cover it with a band-aid overnight, the splinter will be out and lying on the band-aid in the morning) it's like magic. (i almost want to give myself a splinter so i can see if this really works ... ALMOST)
you can read some testimonials how some users have used bag balm in their life.
it was invented in vermont in 1899, and is made from only three ingredients - 8-hydroxyquinoline sulfate 0.3% (an antiseptic, providing protection against bacteria and fungi) in a petrolatum (prevents further moisture loss) and lanolin base(a replacement for the natural skin oils that get washed away. lanolin is a natural oil extracted from the wool of sheep without causing any harm to the animal. it is one the oils closest to the human sebum, making it an excellent moisturizing ingredient). it's thick and greasy (but easily spreadable), and a bit stinky (slightly medicinal, but the smell seems to dissipate semi-quickly).
keep some by your changing table, in your medicine cabinet, next to your sink, on your nightstand, in the first aid kit in your car, your emergency pack, your office desk drawer, etc. you never know when you will need it and it has so many uses!!
it's super cheap and one 10 ounce tin lasts FOREVER!!! up until last saturday i had only used about 2/3 of my tin in aidan's 19 months. unfortunately while i was napping today, robby was watching aidan in the living room and he dozed off for about 10 minutes. in that 10 minutes aidan found a purple crayon and drew on a few things (including my couch), spread baby wipes all over the living room, and got into the bag balm tin. he smeared the balm all over his hands and feet, and head ... including ALL over his face, and of course on my couch ... UGH!! yeah ... greasy hand prints ... any tips on getting it out?! needless to say robby gave him a bath ... but i no longer have 1/3 of my tin left. so i had to go out and purchase some more.
then on monday robby called me up and asked if we wanted to buy some couches from some friends who were moving (rookie cookie) ... since our couches were NASTY ... and now had greasy bag balm handprints all over them, i said yes. check it out ... i LOVE them!! thanks whitney ... i'll miss you, but think about you everytime i see your couches!

Saturday, October 04, 2008

finley's arrival -- my version

my sister nicole lovingly posted about fin's arrival (ya know, since i was in the hospital and couldn't do it myself!)
we were a bit scared about inducing me ... because of how it didn't work last time. if the induction didn't work, then we would have to do a c-section. but my doctor was really positive that everything would turn out fine.
we checked into the hospital on september 22nd, 2008, at 7:00 p.m. at 8:00 p.m. they started me on cervadil. we watched the heroes season premiere (but not on my laptop ... nicole assumes that since she only watches tv on her computer that everyone else does as well ... haha! just kidding nic ... don't be offended.) at 4:45 a.m. on september 23rd, 2008, they started me on pitocin. i asked for my epidural around 5:30 ... i didn't get it until 7:30. at 8:00 my doctor checked on me and ruptured my water. finley's heart rate was dropping every time i had a contraction and my nurse was pretty concerned, so at 10:00 she put a monitor directly in finley's head to more closely monitor what was going on with her. they assumed it was just the cord wrapped around her head (which it wasn't), but wanted to be sure she was okay. i was only dilated to a 5. as she was leaving she said that finley would probably arrive somewhere around 12 or 1, but if my contractions got worse or i started feeling pressure to let her know. i tried to go back to sleep and get some rest.
around 10:30 i had a pretty big contraction and LOTS of pressure. so i called my nurse and she came in to check me. i was then informed that i should NOT push, laugh, sneeze, cough, etc. and that she was going to go call my doctor immediately. my doctor got there in 15 minutes and i was all prepped and ready. after only 2 contractions and 5 pushes finley arrived at 10:55 a.m. (robby said if i didn't have to breathe so much, i could have done it in less pushes).
here she is, only 5 hours old!!
she was perfect. we all (robby, me, my friends, my nurse, and my doctor) assumed that since aidan was 7 pounds 2 ounces at 1 week overdue, and she was early and i had gained less weight, that she would be in between 5 and 6 pounds. so we were all delighted when she was 6 pounds and 5 ounces and 18 1/2 inches long!! she had no breathing problems. she had no problems nursing (a half hour after birth she nursed for 20 minutes!!). not even a problem with jaundice! she's an angel. i mean, aidan was a good baby, but she is phenomenal!! she sleeps and eat and poops and that's it. she barely cries, and only when she really needs something. (it's the cutest little sqwak ever!) and she really does have dimples ... we just can't seem to get a picture of them since she is ALWAYS sleeping (which isn't necessarily a bad thing).
besides the blood pressure, my recover has been super easy! i feel great. the rash has passed (it was only here for like 3 days ... who knows what it was from. it came a few days after i got home then vanished as randomly as it appeared.). i'm up and about and feel almost back to normal.
check out that cute bow ... thanks lindsey!!

holding daddy's finger

her coming home outfit

sleeping ... what she does best

sleeping with daddy while he watches tv