Thursday, March 27, 2008

Happy Happy....

Birthday Michael Dear!!

Today is my sweet husband's 29th Birthday. He had to be at the hospital early, but came home to us a little after noon. So we had the rest of the day to enjoy each other's company.
I tried to make a surprise birthday cake. But Miles was fussy all morning, so it wasn't much of a surprise since Mike came home when I was up to my elbows in frosting. But it was worth it. Atleast *I* think it was. You can see for yourself.

It dawned on me when I was taking these pictures that this cake MAY be more appropriate for a litte kid. But who cares right???? It tasted delicious!!
For his Birthday dinner he wanted shrimp and vegetable tempura. Seriously???? I don't know where this came from, but apparrently my husband LOVES tempura. Atleast he told me as much (atleast 27 times) while I was was making it tonight. And I will tell you, this is not one dish I will be making again anytime soon. Its partly my fault. Mike wanted tempura. But the Martha Stewart wannabe in me couldn't stop there. I also included home-made egg drop soup, fried rice, a chinese salad, and edamame. I seriously debated about making some california rolls too....but I wised up. All that, combined with the cake and frosting, I think every bowl and dish in my kitchen is dirty. But it was worth it for this.....
This is Mike trying to give me a big smile. He's not exactly fond of me turning my camera on him. Too bad. You think he would have learned by now.

Not only did he get a yummy dinner, and delicious cake and ice cream (rocky road...his favorite), He also got to spend the evening playing his new Zelda game why I did the dishes. LUCKY!!!

Since Mike is now 29, I thought I should list 29 things I love about him. Hold on to your seats's going to be a long one. If you don't want to read the whole thing, I understand. We can still be friends.

  1. He's a Great Dad
  2. He is a great back-rub giver
  3. He works hard everyday for us, and for our future
  4. He's so S-M-A-R-T
  5. He lets me sleep in
  6. He changes diapers
  7. and cleans
  8. and does laundry
  9. he cracks me *****(Justin was a little concerned about this, and pointed out my typo**** I MEANT to say Mike cracks me up. You know, as in he's funny....He doesn't actually crack me. hahaha :)
  10. He's so friendly and outgoing and personable. He's taught me a lot in this area
  11. He's my best friend
  12. He always makes the calls when we need a sub for our primary class, because he knows I hate doing it.
  13. He teaches the primary class even when he is having MAJOR allergy attacks
  14. He stays up late with me when I can't sleep
  15. he gets up with Miles in the wee hours of the morning when the little guy can't sleep either
  16. He makes me bubble baths when I've had a hard day
  17. He eats all the leftovers so I don't have to
  18. He shares his french fries
  19. He helps me with whatever I ask
  20. He lets me leave the hall light on at night
  21. He always buys my favorite treats at the store
  22. And he doesn't get mad when I eat all the treats he bought for himself
  23. he was a big help and support to me while I was getting my Masters Degree
  24. After I had Miles and got sick (twice) he made lots of late night runs to the store to get ginger-ale and ibuprofen, and pick-up perscriptions. He always takes care of me
  25. He always puts Miles in the car, takes him out, and carries the carseat around...because it hurts my back
  26. He's okay with me only working one night a week, so i can stay home with Miles. Even though it means we have no $$$. He's okay "going without."
  27. He's a great budget keeper. He keeps us on track
  28. He supports all my "singing ambitions", and encourages me to take any and every opportuntiy to make my dreams a reality.
  29. He loves me just the way I am

Happy Birthday Mike!!! We love you!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Easter Bunnny

The Easter Bunny came to our house on Sunday.
But the Easter Bunny was so tired from working the night before she forgot to take pictures with Miles' first easter basket. She did manage to get a picture in his Easter outfit before it got too dirty. Maybe next Sunday when we are all dressed up, we will go outside next to our hibiscus plants that are now blossoming and "fake" Easter Sunday. Or....maybe I'll lie down and take a nap instead. I guess we'll have to wait and see.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Such a Big Boy

Miles got a Big Boy high chair last week, and he's pretty happy about it.
He loves sitting in it, even if its not dinner time.

We've been working a little on eating with a spoon. He's's a harder than it looks.

Okay....he doesn't ALWAYS love sitting in it....but he only gets this way when Mom is practicing taking pictures on Manual mode for about 30 minutes. yeah.....I made him sit there. Even when he's crying, he's still cute.
And what did I learn from trying out my manual mode on my camera?
  1. I need to get a better lens with better aperature settings
  2. even that might not matter that much, because I basically live in a DUNGEON!!!
  3. are amazing. (well, I already knew that one)

Because my light is so crappy, I had to turn my iso WAYYYY up, so my pictures are way grainy. BUT...I learned a lot about the settings on my camera, so that counts for something.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Giving Credit

Alright, Alright. I have to give credit where credit is due. My cute husband isn't *completely* hopeless. :) infact, sometimes....he can be pretty darn sweet.

Mike has an REI credit card. When he makes purchases, he gets $$$ to spend at REI. This year his dividend was around 50 smackeroos. I always wonder what kind of contraption he is going to come home with.

He called me on the drive home, and I asked him what he bought. He informed me nothing....for him anyway. He had bought something for me.

*Flashback a few years to when Mike bought me a rock-climbing harness from REI for our first Valentines day, and then rock climbing shoes for our second, and a bike jersey for ....I don't remember. some other holiday.*

I am never quite sure if I should be excited, or just a little worried. He informed me I have NOTHING to worry about, and that I would be 100% happy, and he was 110% sure this gift was something I really wanted.

And you know what......

It was!! He bought me this:

A gorillapod! yay!

And he was right. I love it 110%. I have already been playing.
so I know....he may not ALWAYS think before he speaks......
But I know he really loves me. Afterall, he DID spend his if yearly REI allowance on me. If that's not love, I don't know what is. :)

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Here's another little "treat"..from oh, about 5 minutes ago.

Mike: Today is my day off, and I have to run around and do all this crap! Like, go to the VA hospital to get finger printed (for his next rotation), take the bike rack back to REI, and go to the school to meet with Dr. Parrack to talk about residencies. Its my day off! I shouldn't have to do anything.

Me: Yeah, being busy on your day off sucks. I wish I could have a "real" day off sometimes.

Mike: Ummm.... well, you do. Everyday is a day off for you.

Seriously???!!!! Hmmmm, well I guess I better get started on my "day off" by finishing about 5 loads of laundry, emptying the dishwaser (for the 2nd time), sweeping and mopping the kitchen floor, Miles needs a diaper change, making the bed, taking out the garbage, grocery shopping, and putting out the pork chops to thaw for dinner, cleaning out and washing my car (I would do Mike's too, but you know, since its my day off....) Whew! If this is my day off, I am not looking forward to the day I actually have to , you know.....Work.

I think right now, instead of doing all these things, I am going to blog a little bit more. After all, it is my day off.

So, I have been working a lot on a school project. I finished all my classes last year. And I have this project I need to finish, but I have been dragging my feet. Well, now I HAVE to finish it, and it is taking up all of my time. I have so many things I want to be doing instead. Here's my list:

1. Scrapbook Miles' milestones. You know, one month, two months, three months....etc. I want to do something like THIS. I know there are lots of sites. Anyone have suggestions? I never bought a traditional "baby book", because I thought doing something like this would be better. Now, I just need to DO it. Or rather, have the time to do it.

2. Finish other crafty projects I have in the works
3. Recover dining room chairs. I finally have the fabric
4. Organize filling cabinet. Get rid of the old, re-label folders, re-order
5. Spring clean: EVERYTHING. Our house needs a "once-over" (or maybe a twice over)
6. Find a place for everything. Even if it means renting a small storage space. We are busting out at the seams here, people.
7. print and hang photos of Miles
8. Take another cake decorating class, and a photography class. I love taking classes.

Just 3 more weeks. My project presentation is April 9th, and then I am a free woman again.

but until then.....Back to the grind-stone.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008


Just a couple conversations I had with Mike the other day:


Mike: If you could have any job in the world, what would it be??
Me: I consider the question thoughtfully for a few minutes and then respond, "a cupcake decorator!!"

Mike: (just staring at me.......)

Mike: Seriously?.......(long silence) Out of all the million dollar jobs you could have, you would put frosting on cake?????

Me: Yes.

Mike: You're wierd.

I couldn't argue. But obviously my husband has never experienced the joy that comes from making these cute (and wonderfully edible) creations. :)

Mike was doing his usual complaining about medical school (oh...its so hard....oh....we don't have any money.....) I hear this on a nearly daily basis, so I am no longer sympathetic. Anyway, we were talking about what we *could* have done in college, rather than what we did.

Mike: If I could do it again, I would go into Pharmacy school. I would be finished by now, you know.

Me: yeah....I know.

Mike: Actually, I should have gone to Utah State instead of Weber. I had a scholarship there you know.

Me: Yes, I know. But then you wouldn't have met me. (batting my eyes wildly)

Mike: ................( says nothing)

Mike: Yeah.....I should have gone to Utah State.

( he later insisted that wasn't what he meant. That he WOULD have found me......somehow.) It's alright. We laughed. and he did feel a little bad, so I got a nice back rub out of it. :)

Thursday, March 6, 2008


Miles got his first Owie.....and it was a doosy. Now, I won't say which parent accidentally inflicted this owie on Miles, because I wouldn't want to hurt his feelings. After all, it was an accident. :)

I WILL say it was caused by a mis-hap with the finger nail clippers. And I will say it occurred during Sacrament meeting. (Why this particular parent was clipping finger nails during sacrament is beyond me...) And I will ALSO say that Miles started wailing right in the middle of someone's heart-felt testimony, and blood was dripping everywhere, and it ruined his cute church outfit. All attempts at first-aid were thwarted when the finger sucker would put his favorite finger in his mouth (the hurt one), suck off the band-aid, and continue to bleed everywhere.

the picture really doesn't do it justice. The whole tip of his finger was ALMOST clipped right off. But Miles is doing fine now. Infact, I think it was a little more traumatic for the parent who caused the injury. And from now on Mom does all the clipping.

And just to prove our little guy is alive and well, and happy as can be:

I know, it seems like all my pictures of him are pretty close to the same. So Here's one just to mix it up. He's on his tummy instead of his back. :)

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

I found This Website, and decided to try it out. This is what my Numerology said about me.

This reading is based on —Birth Name: Sarah Ann Atkinson RomerBirth Date: 11/8/1980(November 8, 1980)
Your Inner or Soul's Urge: This is spiritual and emotional expression more than physical. It is your heart-felt desires, your incentive, how you look at life. Here are your areas of personal satisfaction.

Number: 3
You respond to life from the heart. You want joy and happiness for yourself and for those around you. Inspiration and imagination are yours in abundance. You are somewhat of a dreamer.
Children and pets occupy a special place within.
You enjoy beauty, popularity, and constant activity. What you have is all you ask for.
Life is a game. You enjoy life as it comes, laughing at discouragement or failure, and never letting depression get the upper hand. Even so, there is a reticent side to your nature. You might be living in a world of feeling and emotion. You fall in Love easily.
You can see beauty everywhere. And you express your own beauty through your varied artistic talents -- painting, sculpting, speaking, decorating, acting, music, writing -- anything with color, form, or rhythm.
Seems you have a lot of friends; often entertaining, broadcasting your energy and your Love, giving everyone a good time. You are probably not unfaithful, but you enjoy flirting. You are kind and obliging. Your friends mean a great deal to you.
Patience and ability to concentrate could be enhanced for your personal benefit.

Your Personality: This is physical expression more than spiritual or emotional; your outer self, the way you express when meeting others. It may or may not be the real you.

Number: 2
Neat and clean, a pleasing personality, and a gentle manner; that's your usual appearance. You appear cooperative, diplomatic, and tactful. You appear to adapt easily to varied circumstances and people from diverse backgrounds. You attract people who want to be of assistance.
You can be subtle and work behind the scenes to accomplish desired ives, being successful more through diplomacy than by coercion.
When you don't get your way, you can become cunning and scheming, which may give a contrived or hypocritical appearance.

Your Quiescent Self: Stripping away all outside influences, aspirations, ambitions, "shoulds", and "shouldn'ts" -- this is you when you are alone; just you and your dreams..

Number: 2
You are surrounded by those you care for and who Love you. There is peace and harmony in your home. You are protected, comforted, and cherished for the Loving person you are. You see yourself, mostly in the background, quietly serving those you Love in little, unobtrusive ways; ministering to their comforts and needs.
Your thoughts and pleasure are related to home and family.

Hmmmm..... very interesting. I feel a scrapbook page coming on.
What does your Numerology say about you???

Monday, March 3, 2008

For Grandma

I realize not everyone wants to see never-ending pictures and video clips of Miles. And thats okay...but Grandmas and Aunts can't seem to get enough. So this is for them. Just working on a little hand coordination and finger grasping. He's getting better, and *I* think its fun to watch.