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