Musings of a mother/scuba instructor/graphic designer/musical entrepreneur. Totally in love with my husband (Two Fish) of ten years. We have two beautiful daughters (Red Fish and New Fish) and a nutty dog (Blue Fish) who help make our family complete and completely happy. W have learned to expect the unexpected and are always up for an adventure.
I am enthusiastic about living and learning. I love people who make me laugh. I have an ironic appreciation for the unique and absurd. I am an enthusiastic and untalented tap dancer with a love for new Christmas ornaments,art, the outdoors,the water, music, good books, skiing, and travel. My greatest calling in life is to be a Mom. I LOVE it!
Watching Daddy do some yard clean up. I know you can't see her face but you can see how she stands on her tippy tippy toes. She LOVES to look out the window. We have all of the blinds in our house drawn up about a foot so that she can look out of all of them without messing with the blinds. Playing with the playdough we made the other day. She is fascinated by it.
This morning Red Fish and Blue Fish were both laying on our love sac snuggling and having a great conversation. Red Fish would babble along and Blue Fish would add a yip or two every once in awhile. You gotta love the little sweet moments like that. What's better than a girl and her dog?
When I practiced my violin yesterday (funeral and temple thing coming up this weekend) Red Fish danced around me and sang at the TOP of her lungs. I could barely hear myself play. It was hilarious. I was finally laughing too hard to keep playing.
When I was doing laundry on Monday I hung all of my wet clothes on my drying rack. I turn around for thirty seconds to get a new load and Red Fish has taken all of my clothes back down and put them back in the basket. This happened twice! She is FAST! And what can you say when she looks so proud of herself for helping? Why of course you smile and say: "What a good helper! Now let's leave the clothes hanging up this time so they can dry!" Then when I was dusting she was happily dancing along behind me and then I noticed she had the baby powder and was sprinkling it along behind me. It makes it sound like I wasn't watching her when these cleaning "helps" happened but I swear she is just that fast and sneaky!
Two Fish and I were recently called to be nursery leaders at church so naturally we take Red Fish with us even though she is a little young. Unfortunately, Red Fish's tiny size has invited a few bullies to pick on her. Last week when Red Fish saw one of them coming for her she hauled off and slapped the little boy before he could get her. Then she of course gave him an immediate hug to apologize. As if to say: "I'm sorry I had to do that to you!"
We made play dough with Sas and Lovely N this week and the three little girls had a great time squishing their hands in it. They were so cute running around together. I feel like it's a very recent thing that Red Fish has really started running around with kids and playing with them for an extended period of time. It's so fun to see her making little friends. Sometimes I could push pause and freeze her sweet babyness to make it last longer but on the other hand it's fun to see her growing and changing.
I stole this from Steph. bold: means you have done italic: means you want to normal: just stuff/ideas- but I couldn't get my italics to turn off for some reason so I made them gray.
1. Started your own blog 2. Slept under the stars 3. Played in a band 4. Visited Hawaii 5. Watched a meteor shower 6. Given more than you can afford to charity 7. Been to Disneyland 8. Climbed a mountain 9. Held a praying mantis 10. Sang a solo 11. Bungee jumped 12. Visited Paris 13. Watched a lightning storm at sea 14. Taught yourself an art from scratch 15. Adopted a child 16. Had food poisoning 17. Been to the Statue of Liberty 18. Grown your own vegetables 19. Seen buildings of an Ancient Civilization 20. Slept on an overnight train 21. Had a pillow fight 22. Hitch hiked 23. Taken a sick day when you're not ill 24. Built a snow fort 25. Held a lamb 26. Visited the Caribbean 27. Run a Marathon 28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice 29. Seen a total eclipse 30. Watched a sunrise or sunset 31. Hit a home run 32. Been on a cruise 33. Seen Niagara Falls in person 34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors 35. Seen an Amish community 36. Taught yourself a new language 37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied 38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person 39. Gone rock climbing 40. Been to a World Series game 41. Sung karaoke 42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt 43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant 44. Visited Africa 45. Walked on a beach by moonlight 46. Been transported in an ambulance 47. Had your portrait painted 48. Gone deep sea fishing 49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person 50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris 51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling 52. Kissed in the rain 53. Played in the mud 54. Gone to a drive-in theater 55. Been in a movie 56. Visited the Great Wall of China 57. Started a business 58. Taken a martial arts class 59. Visited Russia 60. Served at a soup kitchen 61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies 62. Gone whale watching 63. Got flowers for no reason 64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma 65. Gone sky diving 66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp 67. Bounced a check 68. Flown in a helicopter 69. Saved a favorite childhood toy 70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial 71. Eaten sushi 72. Pieced a quilt 73. Stood in Times Square 74. Toured the Everglades 75. Been fired from a job 76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London 77. Broken a bone 78. Been on a speeding motorcycle 79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person 80. Published a book 81. Visited the Vatican 82. Bought a brand new car 83. Walked in Jerusalem 84. Had your picture in the newspaper 85. Read the entire Bible 86. Visited the White House 87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating 88. Had chickenpox 89. Saved someones life 90. Sat on a jury 91. Met someone famous 92. Joined a book club 93. Lost a loved one 94. Had a baby 95. Seen the Alamo in person 96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake 97. Been involved in a law suit 98. Owned a cell phone 99. Been stung by a bee 100. Read an entire book in one day
Sorry for the boring blog lately. I've been having a bit of the winter blues being stuck in the house all day. Yesterday I went skiing with Two Fish and my brother J and it made all that fade away. It felt so good to be outside! It was so fun to be out with my husband having fun.
A United States law will go into affect on February 10th that will have a profound impact on small business and anyone with children. It is called the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act. It is a law that in essence, prohibits anyone from selling products to children under twelve without rigorous lead testing. This includes ANY products intended for use by a child. Small businesses, Etsy, E-bay, Craigslist, Freecycle, thrift stores, garage sales, even hand-me-downs are included in this measure. This testing is often prohibitively expensive and will bankrupt companies across the country. This law is also retroactive and requires all untested items to be put in a landfill. Isn't that wonderful for the environment? Write your congressman!
Just in case you have been hiding under a rock someplace and haven't seen this snl skit- it's freaking hysterical. Justin Timberlake is too funny. Actually the original single ladies video cracks me up too. Double click on the video to have it open in a larger window.
The O family extravaganza has extended well into the new year. Two Fish and I invited everyone (22 people) over for a giant new years bash and sleepover. Are we crazy... well yes we are, but for reasons I don't have the time to get into right now. The party actually went really well. The kids had a wii tournament while the adults got everyone set up with a blog and facebook account. I've infected everyone. We had chicken fajitas for dinner, popcorn with the movie, and a hot chocolate bar at midnight. The hot chocolate bar was fun- I recommend it. We watched the ball drop at midnight and had a countdown. We spread out over eight different rooms in the house to sleep and managed to get in a good 5-6 hours of sleep. Then we made a big pancake breakfast with eggs, bacon, sausage, and juice and laid around the house for a bit. No broken bones, no stitches, very little crying, and a whole lot of crazy cousin fun. Overall it was a success. I think my favorite part of the night was watching Red Fish run around with all the kids. She was just one of the gang tonight- finally old enough to join in the fun with everyone else. She insisted on wearing her ballerina outfit over a pair of jammies so she was quite the sight marching around in her tutu with everyone.
A little New Years smooch
I have big plans for 2009. The last few years have been very life changing for our family and I expect the next year to be no different. I had this plan a few years ago that I referred to as my 12 month plan to happiness. The idea is that if I make small goals every month that are very reachable and do it for a month until it becomes a habbit that by the end of 12 months of goals I would be healthier in body, spirit, mind, and realtionships- and therfor happier. It was supposed to prepare me for parenthood. I got a bit sidetracked when parenthood didn't come in the package I expected so I've decided to reembrace the 12 month plan now (actually more like eight weeks ago.) My January goals are going to be-
Health goal- floss my teeth on a regular basis House goal- My first one was actually to do my laundry every week and put it away immediatly but I've been doing it for eight weeks so I think I am going to go with vaccuuming every room in my house at least weekly so there is no dog hair. Spiritual goal- read one chapter in the book of mormon with my husband daily. Family Relationship goal- set aside specific time everyday to just play with Red Fish and do nothing else. Mental Health goal- Try to read before bed more frequently.
So wish me luck on my 12 month plan. If I don't finish a goal I restart it the next month. It's supposed to be low stress and help me grow. Perhaps it will go better this time. Baby steps right?