This... Or This...
Think This,and GO FOR IT!!! ( I should get paid for this)
Thanks for the ears Grammie!
Jax and Jack - best buds!
Like Father Like Son! (and boy are they a handsome pair!!!)
All's well that ends well. (you can see that Jaxon is thrilled with this arrangement!)
"Just my Toes mom, I promise!"
"Did I say just my toes, I meant my bum too"
"Diaper, you're next!"
"Free at last!!"
As in, don't be such a wuss, just take your birth control and stop complaining!
I have not blogged because I have been sick sick sick! All of my symptoms are those of pregnancy, but NO I am not pregnant. On monday I switched B.C., and my new one made me feel as bad (or worse) than I ever felt when I actually was pregnant. (and for anyone who knew me when I was pregnant...thats pretty darn bad!)
Crazy nausea, throwing up, horrendous back and stomach cramps...gee I just can't wait till it's time for the real deal! So anyway, I started taking it Tuesday, and stopped taking it Thursday, but today (Tuesday) is the first day that I actually feel human again. It's so weird, because before I had Jaxon, BC had no effect what-so-ever on me! When I heard other people complain about it, I thought (secretly to myself without saying anything to them) that they must be awefully woosy! (is that how you spell woosy?) Anyway, there will be no woosy thoughts from me about anyone from here on out. Anyway, I hope to be permanently back to the land of the living!
2 Things you are wearing right now: Shorts that my mom has taken in about 4 times so I don't have to buy new ones--so they fit in the waist but are super baggy in the bum, and my FAVORITE OF ALL TIME my Mia Bellina under-half-shirt (look up Mia Bellina online and see what I am talking about, and all you Arizonans will thank me come 110 degrees!!
2 Things you want (or have) in a Relationship: laughter and communication
2 of Your Favorite Things to Do: Reading in the bath tub, Blog!
2 Things You Did Last Night: took the night off recovering from a mini-meltdown, and watched LOST
2 People you talked to last Night: Dave and Jaxon
2 Things You're Doing Tomorrow: Going on a date with Dave if we can find a babysitter, and something (yet to be determined) all by myself
2 Longest Car Rides: Ummm...Phoenix to Provo, and thats about it for car rides ,but my flight to New Zealand was 14 hours!
2 Favorite Holidays: Christmas and Halloween
2 Favorite Drinks: Water and Diet Dr. Pepper (even after throwing it up!)
2 Things about me you may not have known: I can Hula Dance, and I bruise extremely easily ( I currently have 2 major bruises on my legs that I cannot account for and 5 on my arms, again, no idea where I got them. One more, because I think it is fairly odd and interesting...more than one person has suggested that I possibly have a depth perception problem. I cannot usually walk through a doorway without banging my arm into the side, or walk between a row of desks without jabbing a leg several times.
2 Jobs I have Had in my Life: Teacher and my previously mentioned 5 days at a gas station before being fired.
2 Movies I could Watch Over and Over: Knights Tale, and Count of Monte Cristo
2 of My Favorite Foods: Choc. Covered strawberries, and Choc. cake (especially the Mother load from Claim Jumper, or my new favorite, The Great Wall from PF Changs)
2 Places I'd Rather Be right Now: In a cool breezy beach house smelling the ocean waves(but with no beach near by, I hate sand on my feet) or New Zealand with Dave.
There is so non-essential Ashley info for you!
1. Don't drink a whole 44 ouncer of Diet Dr. Pepper on the first day after you gave up on not soda drinking.
2. Don't swing extremely high on the swingset for long periods of time while holding your son on your lap (no matter how cutely he giggles) after you have gorged yourself on that self-same 44- ouncer.
3. Don't let your son see you throw up in the garbage can, or he will say the rest of the day,repeatedly, "Mommy Frow up? Why Mommy Why?" (Boy when our next pregnancy comes THAT sentence is going to get old quickly!)
In closing, Dr. Pepper and Swing sets DON'T MIX!!!
Mom- thanks for being such a great friend, and listener, and helper, and supporter!
Emily- thanks for never giving up on me.
Ryan- thanks for remembering to applaud the little things, it means a lot.
Dave- Thanks for not leaving me for being crazy. I LOVE YOU FOREVER.
Tyler- Thanks for calling me everyday...even if it is for dubious reasons!
AnnaMarie- thanks for being so positive, its amazing, and contageous.
Amber- Thanks for being the best sister ever, a great example, and so much fun to live near.
Mom Rogers- thanks for loving unconditionally and being the sweetest person I know.
Brandis- thanks for all your funny comments!
Lauren- Thanks for so much help to a brand new friend.
Marie- thanks for listening and not judging, and for watching Jaxon
Nedra- thanks for being so positive, and giving Jaxon noisy toys that he loves.
Donnie- thanks for always being totally willing to do anything that needs to be done
Sarah- thanks for loving me like a sister, AND a friend!
Misti- thank you for your tireless optimism and amazing musical contributions
Charlotte- thanks for working hard in a difficult situation and never giving up on girls that need all that love you continue to give them.
Kelly- thanks for being the funniest writer that I know!
Christi- thanks for the shout out. I have read it about 20 times these past two days, and it always makes me feel better.
Celeste- thanks for being an awesome camp director!
Kim- thanks for being a great VT companion
Haleigh- thanks for keeping us up to date on the 1998 reunion
Michelle- thanks for being so dang creative and inspiring.
Tafi- thanks for your laughter. It is SO refreshing. And thanks for renewing our long lost friendship.
Clint- thanks for liking me more than Dave
Malia- thanks for our outings, they are so needed, and Jax likes them just as much as I do.
Molly- thanks for being so positive and inspirational.
Jill- thanks for teaching free photo classes that were SO FANTASTIC. And for being a photo inspiration
Ashley- thanks for being so creative on your blog, and always so upbeat.
Cami- thanks for being so spunky and real, and what a fantastic sense of style.
Cicily- thanks for always being there. I love our chats, however few and far between. I know I can always count on you.
Kate- thanks for keeping in touch with long lost friends, even if it is only occasionally.
Elyse- thanks for finding me after all this time and picking up like we were never lost. Thanks for such an inspirational blog.
Jen- thanks for being a photo inspiration, and always inviting me to scrap even though I can never go.
Kay- thanks for always being flexible with tutoring and putting my name out to the photo world.
Heather- thanks for being a good listener.
Heidi- thanks for introducing me to splendid smoothies, and making me always want to go to the gym.
Amy Stanger (can't remember married name) Thanks for always being a friend. And for meeting for dinner while I was in Utah.
Well, that feels a little better!
What's not to love about this good-lookin' fella?
I even alphabetized ALL of my spices! (this is a trick I learned from my mom and have been wanting to do it for 5 years!) From Baking Powder to Thyme, and everything in between! (Yes, I do tend to be a little OCD, and yes, I like it that way!)
A few days ago I was listening to a voice mail message from Dave (on speaker phone) and my sister Amber said he sounded like a duck. So, the next time I talked to him, I randomly called him Duckface. He thought I said' "dungface" and was wondering why I would do such a thing. After I explained what I had really said we had a good laugh and now use "duckface" occasionally just for fun. So...
Yesterday in the car I was talking to Dave on speaker phone again, and at the end of the conversation I said, "Bye Duckface" and all of a sudden, Jaxon had a breakdown!
"NO MOMMY NO! Why Daddy Duckface? No Mommy!" I'm not sure what part of that was offensive to Jaxon, but I thought it was cute the way he was sticking up for Dave, especially after the "Go way" incident!
check it out and tell me what you think!!!
( I tried to include a link, but it appears not to be working...that's usually the case when I do it...)
1. He refuses to call Dave "daddy" even if he gets in trouble, ignored, or goes to time out.
2. He asks for Dave all day but when he comes home, Jaxon clings to me and gets jealous of my time with Dave.
These two developments lead to last night's outburst. Jaxon did not want to play outside with Dave while Dave was grilling. He wanted to be inside with me and for me to hold him. He was having a bit of a tantrum, so I called Dave in for backup. Dave only got one leg in the door before Jaxon ran over, hit his leg, and tried to push him back outside, all while yelling, "GO WAY DAVE!"
Obviously this was quite comical and naughty at the same time. Jaxon got a timeout from me, and he started bawling. When I got him out of time out I told him he had to say, "Sorry Daddy" and if he called Daddy "Dave", then he would go back to timeout. So, through sobs Jaxon gives Dave a kiss and says, "sorry Dave!" I told Jax he had one more chance to say, "Sorry Daddy" and to try again. He again said, "Sorry Dave!" and then started crying, "NO timeout! No timeout!"
Any ideas? We were just having Dave ignore him if Jax called him Dave, but it's getting a little out of hand!
One might look at this picture and think that the grilling that was done was quite superb, and you would be right, with one exeption....I guess I failed to read the fine print (or the really large print...whatever...) that said BEFORE you put the corn on the grill, you should wrap it in foil...oops. So, the corn got a littled blackened in places, but all in all, still not terrible. As for the rest of the dinner, DELICIOUS!!! I found the easiest most awesome marinade for chicken and peppers, here it is---- mix Italian dressing (as much as you want) chopped garlic (as much as you want) rosemary (as much as you want) bell peppers (whatever color and as much as you want) and chicken breasts (as much as you want) and let them marinade all day. Then Grill. Does that sound easy to follow or what????? Let me tell you, it is SOOOOOO good! (and Healthy, I use Fat Free Italian, and just add 2 TBSP of Olive oil so the chicken doesnt burn)
First, this is more of why I love Arizona...Flowers in the winter! (Yup- February is winter, even in Arizona!) I am just feeling really grateful and happy right now. We are all healthy and enjoying being outside while we still can. It is busy season but we are still getting to see Dave occasionally. He has been on a close client and we got to meet him for lunch twice. In a few weeks he will be back on a close client for 8 WHOLE WEEKS! That means no super long drives home in traffic! Jaxon is talking up a storm and cracking us up. The YW are back on track. The house is clean more often than not. I enjoy making dinner, sort of. I learned how to use the grill, sort of. Here's a good one- I got 11 hours and 45 minutes of sleep last night! I am feeling so content. Life is just good!