Sunday, October 26, 2008

Good times

We've had the chance to do some fun things the during this last week. On Monday my mom and I went to Gardner Village to do a little shopping and enjoy the beautiful weather. I haven't been there for years and had forgotten what a fun little place it is. I bought this super cute hat for Claire :)

Then on Friday night we went to eat Indian food with my parents, and then went to the Jordan/Alta football game to watch my sister perform at half time, as well as enjoy the game between the two rivals (GO BEETDIGGERS!). Sadly, Jordan lost in the last few seconds. Dang it! We gave Alta a pretty good fight though, which is more than other schools could say this season, so I'm proud of them. Claire did great despite the cold. We did our best to keep her bundled up.
Diggers are #1! Woot!

Yesterday Brady had the chance to go to the BYU game with some friends, and that night I was fortunate enough to go to a private Goo Goo Dolls concert with my sisters. Way fun! I used to go to concerts all the time but haven't done it as much in the last couple of years. I remember now why I loved going! And I've always loved the Goo Goo Dolls. We were right up front, about 15 feet from the stage :) Oh, I didn't even mention the best part: it was FREE! Yeah!

Good thing we've been able to get the fun stuff in this week, because tomorrow I go back to work. And work=NO FUN! Blahhhh. Oh well, it was good while it lasted.

Monday, October 20, 2008

School woes

So I've been a college student going on 7 years now. Awesome, right? Not really. I guess that's what I get for changing majors twice and changing schools. I have a million credits to my name, but no degree. Sad! I started at Westminster as a biology major with the plan to go to medical school, but I realized that being a doctor is pretty demanding, and I wanted to be a good mom too, and I didn't feel I could really do both. So out with that idea. So I switched to a nursing major, got accepted to the nursing program at Westminster, and then for some reason felt really strongly that I shouldn't go there anymore, even though I loved it. Turns out I had to go to UVSC to meet my future husband on my first day there. Come to find out UVSC (now UVU) has a big old waiting list for the nursing program and I'm tired of waiting for my degree, so about a year ago I decided I just needed a degree, ANY degree at all so I could finally be done. So I left work early and drove half an hour to campus to meet with a counselor to figure out what I should do. Here is an idea of how the meeting went.

ME: "Hello, I have a ton of credits but no degree. I'd really like to find out which would be the quickest degree for me to complete at this point, given the classes I've already taken."

DUMB COUNSELOR: "Well, what would you like to major in?"

ME: "Um, I don't really care at this point, just whichever degree would be quickest to finish."

DC: "Well, it really all depends on what you would like to major in."

ME:"...Right...really, just whatever is quickest."

DC: "Well, here's a list of our majors."

ME:", maybe you could look up my transcript and tell me which degree would be quickest to complete, based on the classes I've already taken?"

DC:"Oh, ok, let's see...Hmm, looks like you have a lot of biology classes, would you like to do something like that?"

ME: "Well, which one do I have the most credits for at this point?"

DC:"Oh, well, that all depends on which one you'd like to do. You could finish a biology degree, or maybe going in to nursing..."

ME:"Uh huh, well, maybe. I've already kind of pursued those paths. What else is there?"

DC: (excitedly)"Have you thought about pharmacy?"

ME: "Yes! That might be good!"

DC: (shaking her head) "UVSC doesn't have a pharmacy program."

ME: ".....(blank stare)....Ok....what school does?"

DC:"Well, the U does, you'd have to talk to someone there."

ME:"Ok, do you have a phone number or anything?"

DC:"No, you'll just have to look it up online."

ME:"...Right, ok...well, any other options?"

DC: "Have you gone to our website to do a degree evaluation? That's probably the most helpful."

ME: "Yes, I've done that, I just figured talking to someone might offer a little more, well, you know, guidance (considering you're a GUIDANCE counselor! At least that's what it says on the door!)"

DC: "Well, thanks for coming in! Good luck picking a major! You'll really just want to look around online."

Fabulous! I'm so glad I drove 30 minutes each way to talk to you about nothing! The woman couldn't even look up a phone number for me! One of the most frustrating 20 minutes of my life.

The reason I'm thinking of this story is because apparently I need to go talk to a counselor again so I can finally get this whole school thing behind me. (For those of you wondering, I'm working on completing a community health degree). Let's hope that this next meeting is much more effective!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Long time, no tag...

I haven't done a tag for a long time, and since I really don't have anything else to write about lately, here goes!

1. Post the rules on your blog
2. Answer the six "8" items
3. Let each person know they have been tagged by leaving them a comment

8 Favorite TV Shows:

1. Seinfeld
2. Scrubs
3. The Office
4. So You Think You Can Dance
5. Everybody Loves Raymond
6. The Soup
7. America's Next Top Model
8. Lost

8 Things I Did Yesterday:

1. Went to work and did performance reviews
2. Went grocery shopping
3. Went to the bank to deposit some checks
4. Went to the Draper Library, but couldn't find any of the books I needed.
5. Went to a wedding reception
6. Bathed Claire
7. Ate at Sonic
8. Hung out with Brady

8 Things I Look Forward To:

1. Bedtime!
2. The holidays
3. Having all Claire's medical bills paid off
4. Brady coming home from work each day
5. Hanging out with the fam
6. Girl's nights!
7. Claire's nap time so I can get some things done
8. Fitting into pre-pregnancy jeans someday

8 Favorite Restaurants:

1. Olive Garden
2. Wingers
3. Red Robin
4. Happy Sumo
5. The Roof
6. Tao's in NYC
7. Casa Del Rey in Grantsville
8. JCW's

8 Things On My Wish List:

1. Pregnancy weight gone!
2. To be debt free
3. For Brady and I to be done with school
4. Shopping spree for new clothes
5. To work from home
6. An awesome tropical vacation
7. A healthy and happy family
8. Claire to consistently sleep through the night

8 People To Tag:

1. Anyone
2. who
3. feels
4. like
5. filling
6. this
7. thing
8. out :)

Another tag I thought was kind of fun is to post the 4th picture in your 4th folder. It's fun to see what random pictures pop up! Here's mine...
She was such a cute little puppy! Now she's a big smelly beast, but she's still cute in her own way :)

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Thoughts on politics...

Why, oh WHY, would anyone want to run for president at this point in time???? Seriously, I think you have to be certifiably (is that a word?) crazy to want to take on the bazillions of problems facing the good ol' US of A these days. That's pretty much my overall feeling regarding politics at this point. I guess it's good people still have the desire to do it, otherwise we'd really be in trouble, but I would HATE to be the one running the show, because president= taking all the blame for crappy stuff going on. You gotta think that whoever is in office doesn't ever get a good nights sleep. I feel like my life and problems are stressful enough. I don't need millions of other peoples' problems to be my responsibility too. Yep, you'd have to be out of your mind to want to do it.

That being said, I'm not a very political person. I really should be more involved and follow things more closely, but it's exhausting and confusing and frustrating to me. However, based on what I have researched, I may be leaning a little more towards McCain than Obama. Not because I like or even agree with McCain on everything, but because Obama seems to be a lot of show with little moral substance (in my humble opinion. Feel free to disagree- that's the beauty of America). Obama is much more charismatic and inspiring when he speaks, but without going into specifics and making this post uber-long, I do not feel his moral character is in line with what I would like to have in a president. I wish McCain would be more concerned about the economy, because let's face it, it's looking pretty dismal. I also don't necessarily feel that we should still be in Iraq. I understand that as a strong nation we feel it is our duty to help others, but how can we help another country when things are falling apart at home? And do we honestly feel that we will eventually "win" the war? At the same time, do democrats really believe that with a democrat in office we will be able to pull out of Iraq right away, with no problems? I really do not feel that Obama is willing to show his true colors and just says what people want to hear.

Why does it have to be so one way or another anyway? Can't the parties work together and compromise? CAN'T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG??

Anyway, I am the last person that should be doing a post on politics, so that is the extent of what I have to say. Forgive me if I have made things too simplistic or am completely off base, but that's the way I currently see things. Let's hope that whoever ends up in office will be inspired to lead our country the way a true leader should.

Monday, October 6, 2008

This and that

So the last few days have been pretty busy.

On Thursday I got together with my 2 best buddies from high school. Lots of fun, great memories, love ya gals! (I look nasty in this pic, but oh well)

On Friday Brady's family came over to dinner as well as our good friend Robert from NY. He flew in to see the babies. Such a generous and great guy.

Then Saturday was my favorite day in a long time. Brady actually had the day off and we got to be lazy all day together and watch Conference. Loved it! Between sessions we got to take a nap (rare these days) and I loved laying there listening to the rain outside and being all warm and snuggly under the blankets with my man. That night I went to a baby shower with my mom and extended family which was fun too.

Then Sunday was more Conference and more laziness. Claire didn't seem to be feeling so hot and Brady and I were out of sorts because we were so tired from the difficult night before. I went and sat on the back porch to feed Claire and enjoy the last bit of sunshine. While we were out there she fell asleep in my arms and I just sat there and stared at her perfect long eyelashes resting on her cheeks. She looked so peaceful and perfect and I just wanted with all my heart to remember her exactly that way, because I know one day I'll turn around and realize she's all grown up and moving away, and I'd do anything to hold her again and see her sleeping so peacefully.

So as I sat out there I started reflecting on the last few days and how nice they had been and I guess I was just in a sentimental mood or something. I realized that sometimes I wish I had a nice big pretty house and a fancier car and lots of nice clothes and perfect abs and all that stuff, but really, that's not what makes me happy. The last few days I had felt so happy, and it was because of the people I was with, not the stuff I had. Really, all the stuff doesn't matter and I don't know why I even let myself get caught up in all of that. It's the simple pleasures that make life worth living and I'm really glad I had the chance to realize it and enjoy it this last weekend. I've made a goal to slow down more and to just love the moment and love the people I'm with.

Anyway, I just thought that maybe if all of us did that we'd be a heck of a lot happier, and maybe the world could be happier too. I know that sounds all beauty-pageant-ish, but hey, it's true! So, there ya have it. Sorry for the sappy post, but if it makes someone else happy then it was worth it :)

Growing like a weed

Claire had her 2 month checkup this last week as well as her 2 month vaccinations. She's healthy and doing great and is definitely growing! When she was born she was 6 lbs 3 oz and only in the 12th percentile on weight; she was also 18 inches long and only in the 5th percentile in height. Now she weighs in at 10 lbs 8 oz which puts her in the 42nd percentile. She's catching up! She's still a shorty though. She's now 21.5 inches long, which puts in in the 12th percentile for height. My little roly poly girl. The doctor came in and said, "I see she has BBC." "BBC??" "Yeah, Baby B Cups!" Haha, so true! I love all her little chub though. I think the old lady arms and little thunder thighs and little potbelly are just wonderful!

I felt so bad when she had to get her shots. She was in a really happy mood and was cooing and looking around. Then BAM! She gets poked 3 times in her little legs. The nurse was incredibly fast though and had all 3 shots done before I could even register that she'd done it. Poor Claire started screaming of course, but she calmed down quickly and handled it well. I was pretty proud of myself for holding it together too.

My little tiny girl is disappearing before my eyes and is getting big so fast. Sometimes it makes me sad, but in reality, that's what we want her to do. I just need to take the time to cherish all the little moments before they're gone.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Throwing in the towel

Ok, I give up! I've decided that trying to breastfeed has become a huge burden and I'm done. It makes me sad that it didn't work out, because I really wanted it to, but I've done all I can. Actually nursing her didn't work (as you know from previous posts), so I've been pumping and feeding her with a bottle. However, my body does not produce milk. I've tried everything to increase my milk supply, including prescription medication, but nothing has really made a difference. They say that it is just supply and demand, but apparently my boobs are defective. Dang things have been a disappointment my whole life! I'm lucky if I can get two ounces- total!- each time I pump, which is pathetic. So, I've determined that I've done the best I possibly can, but to go to so much effort for only a few measly ounces is just not worth it anymore. I'm glad Claire at least got some for the last two months though. To be honest, I can't help but feel like I've failed somehow, but I'm trying to not be too hard on myself. I'll try again with future babies, but for now- I quit!