Wednesday, June 10, 2009

I Scream...You Scream...We All Scream

Anyway...as promised...pictures from our ice cream truck adventure. Now Asia keeps asking me if we can go to the ice cream truck. :)
I scream. You scream. We all scream. For ICE CREAM!
My dad taught me that when I was a kid.
Asia checking out her Dora the Explorer ice cream...or as she calls her...Dora Bora. Bri and I really can't stand that cartoon. I'm the map, I'm the map, I'm the map, I'm the map, I'M THE MAP! But, I think that could be a post all on it's own.
The cheeseball!
Two cheeseballs!
Apparently, she also wanted some of mine!
Ok...now she's sharing. Yes, my mouth is almost all the way around it. :) By the way, hers was really, really disgusting. Strawberry-banana. GROSS! But she liked it and that is what matters.

She was quite devastated when it melted off the stick!
And, yes, we know we should have taken her dress off!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Phantom Hair & The Biggest Loser

I got my hair chopped off on Saturday...and now, I'm suffering from what the girl who cuts my hair calls "Phantom Hair". If you've ever had a drastic haircut you know what I'm talking about. When you go to fling your hair behind your shoulder...only you don't have any. Or being startled...when you go to wash your hair...and there is nothing there to wash.
BEFORE!
AFTER!

I really like it...and so does my hubby. He, actually, likes my hair better short. Weird! :) I hated it long...and was definitely ready for a change.
And, for those of you that knew that I was in a Biggest Loser type competition with my mom, hubby, and Micah for the last 12 weeks. I won! I am the Biggest Loser!!!! Yay!
I lost 9.6 pounds...which seems quite measly...but it was actually, quite difficult. It's hard to get out and exercise with all the kiddos(I don't have a triple stroller)...and by evening...I'm completely exhausted.
My mom says the struggle to lose weight has to do with my age. :) I'm approaching the big 30. I'll be 28 next month.
With Asia, I dropped pregnancy weight sooo fast...without any work at all. This time around...I gained about twice as much weight...and I'm struggling to lose it. I have to be careful not to lose weight to quickly also...because I'm nursing. I believe only about a pound a week is the recommended.
Anyway...I have about 10 more pounds to lose to get down to my pre-pregnancy weight...so, I'm still working at it.

Sedentary Sunday

Enjoying the beautiful afternoon outside!

We try not to do much on Sunday. It's supposed to be our day of rest.


I mean we go to church and all...which those of you with more than one kid knows...that's a joke...definitely doesn't start our day of rest...with resting. :) It's completely hectic...trying to get everyone fed, dressed, into carseats, etc. Also, trying to figure out the best schedule for feeding the boys...do I feed them before we go...or just feed them at church. If I feed them at church...what's the point in going...since, I'll spend a good 30 to 40 minutes out...feeding, changing diapers, etc. Now that they are eating solids too...how do I feed them when I'm out at a place without high chairs. I can't hold them and feed them at the same time...which is what I did with Asia. (Any tips would be appreciated.)


Ok...before I go completely off subject here...


This morning Brian headed out the door with the kids...and I was right behind...locking the door. I turned around...wondering why he stopped in the middle of the sidewalk...since we were running a little late! To make a long story short...there was a snake right by our van. I HATE SNAKES!!! We had nothing to kill it with. So, I ended up getting around and getting in the van...I then, proceeded to run over it MULTIPLE times. I went a little Psycho Mommy on it. :) Brian tried to convince me that it was dead...but it was definitely still moving. Let's just say...when I was done...It definitely wasn't wiggling at all. Sorry...to those of you that like snakes...but in my book...the ONLY good snake is a DEAD snake. I DO NOT try to figure out if it's posionous or not!!!


We made it to church...LATE! Which by the way...the kids did really well in. Asia was very wiggly but quiet. Leif slept. And Slater, just chilled out.


After lunch, I went to Walmart...to do my grocery shopping for the week. Now I remember why I do not shop on Sundays!!!


The big high light of the afternoon...was the ice cream truck came by. I told Asia we would get ice cream from it some day... So, we finally did. It was a big hit... I'll post some pics soon.


After supper, baths, etc. I decided to run out to Target, etc (about 30 minutes away)...cuz we needed some gifts for a bunch of people. While I was there...Brian called... He NEVER calls. The boys were screaming their full heads off. Asia was still awake. I finished up & hurried home... The kiddos finally went to bed around 9:30. The boys usually go down at around 7 and Asia at 8. So, maybe...they'll sleep in. HA! What a joke!


Anyway...I've been rambling on and on! So, I didn't have the "Sedentary Sunday" that I planned... But, I'm not complaining. It could have been worse.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

The End of the Hike

So, we finished our 45-miler. We were Tired, but it was fun.






Ozark Highlands Trail--- definitely worth the hike.


Don't like SPAM on your Computer? Don't Watch.


As we continued our trek, it was nice to realize that if we had to go and live out in the wilds, we would be doing pretty well. That is, if we had a steady supply of Spam, waterproof matches and peanut butter.

And for all you SPAM lovers out there, here is more than you ever wanted to know about that special meat:


o By World War II, Hormel had sold twenty thousand tons of Spam. Then, during the wartime meat rationing, Spam got popular...

o If all the cans of Spam ever eaten were put end-to-end, they would circle the globe at least ten times.

o Senator Robert Byrd of West Viginia eats a sandwich of SPAM and mayonnaise on white bread three times a week.

o Residents of Hawai'i eat an average of four cans of SPAM per person per year, more than in any other place on Earth (Elsewhere in the Universe, who knows?).

o In Korea, SPAM is sold in stylish presentation gift boxes of nine cans each. SPAM stolen from army PXs can be found on the Korean black market. And there are Korean imitations called Lo-Spam, Dak, Plumrose, and Tulip, to ensure that no one need go without.

o Nikita Krushchev once credited SPAM with the survival of the WWII Russian army. ''Without SPAM, we wouldn't have been able to feed our army,'' he said.
o In 1989, the U.S. armed forces bought 3.3 million pounds of SPAM.

o Over 141 million cans of SPAM are sold worldwide each year.

Isn't that exciting?
Taken from: http://www.cusd.claremont.edu/~mrosenbl/spamfacts.html

The Call of the Mild

Do you hear that sound? That unmistakable sound of cars, appliances, an air conditioner, and if you’re lucky, an espresso maker?

Yes. It’s the Call of the Mild.

Ok, so civilization can be a good thing. But every once in a while, it’s natural to want to go back to a simpler time. When men were men and they looked a lot like a young Daniel Day-Lewis in buckskin clothing carrying a really long black powder rifle and sporting impossibly well-kept shoulder-length hair.

Sometimes you just want to, as my brother-in-law says, “throw off the IKEA nesting instinct.” Which apparently is a line from a movie I’ve never seen in which the only good thing about the movie was that line.

So, my two brother-in-laws and I decided to go into the wilds of Arkansas on the Ozark Highlands Trail.
Don’t laugh. It can get pretty wild. Hey, it even has its own National Geographic article, http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2008/10/ozark-trail/white-text .
So there.
We decided to do about 45 miles in just over three days. Didn’t sound too hard.
We were wrong.



Hydrate or die.









The Circle of Life

I think it was somewhere during the first full day of hiking the Ozark Highlands Trail when we realized we were not hiking in Missouri anymore. The uphills were longer, the downhills were shorter, and our packs were even heavier than usual.

It was fun. In an exhausting, my-pack-hurts-my-back-and-I-see-another-hill sort of way.


On our second morning we were walking down the trail when Micah stopped very abruptly. I can’t remember exactly what he said, but check out this video to see what we saw.
By the time we left, only the chipmunk’s tail was visible. I had never seen anything like it, even in a zoo.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

My Sweetheart!

Yes...I'm still alive! I haven't been blogging because my dearest husband has been gone. He went hiking for four days with my brothers. Hopefully, he will be blogging about this soon...since there are some great pics!
While he was gone...I went and stayed with my folks...which was great...because Asia had a ton of space to run, swim, etc...plus, help from my folks with the kiddos.
I really missed my hubby. Whenever he's gone...it's like a huge reality check...Holy Cow...He helps me sooo much...and I rely on him so much.
Darjeeling, I love you soooo much!

A Long Time in Coming...Memorial Day

My cousins decided to come visit at the last minute for Memorial Day...and we are sooo glad that they did! We had a blast!!!
We made giant bubbles!!!
My cousin Jon and his daughter Elliana.

Avery and Slater
Avery, Elliana and Leif...should I be worried that they are trying to get him to play with a doll?
Avery and Leif
Peyton and Slater...check out Slater's face.
Jon with Leif
Asia and Elliana