Sunday, February 26, 2006

POSTer Boy

Our visit to Helena on Saturday to visit Amie & Matt's new Baby Sam... Addie kissing her cousin Sam.
Aunt Jamie, Cousin Addie & Baby Sam.
A close look from Aunt Jamie.

More Sam

The New Sam Post
Cute Brothers
You may be wondering where Heidi was during the baby-love-fest...she was having a Captain Furious episode due to the lack of a nap. Charming...

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Teaser

Just a quick note to say we enjoyed a warm(er), sunny, windless day in Helena today visiting new baby Sam and his family. His maternal Grammy was there and made us a divine dinner of Cornbread-and-bacon-stuffed pork chops, sweet potatoes, rolls, and salad with brownies for dessert! I will be feeling that all night, but it was GREAT! Amie looks great and we had fun with all 4 Posties. I will post great pix tomorrow. We arrived home to the news that my very special and darling cousin, Maren, expects her first baby in August. I am so happy for her--it makes my pregnancy better and more fun to know there's a second cousin coming, too. More tomorrow--

Friday, February 24, 2006

It Feels Like Years Since it's Been Here


It's 4:48pm and I just noticed...it's still light outside. The equinox is coming and I am rejoicing in song:

Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun
And I say
It's alright
Little darling
It's been a long cold lonely winter
Little darling
It feels like years since it's been here
Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun
And I say
It's alright
Little darling
The smiles returning to the faces
Little darling
It seems like years since it's been here
Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun
And I say
It's alright
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes!!!

[[Wanna hear a cool cover of this song? Click here, then press play]]

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Brothers

I stole this picture from Matt's blog---it's my nephew Jake showing off his new brother Sam, and I think it's DARLING! They are both beautiful kids and I think the magic of the second (or 3rd, or 4th, etc...) baby is what happens between the siblings. It still makes my heart swell when I hear Addie and Heidi collapsing in a fit of giggles together--if there is one good thing I have ever done for them (besides marry their dad), it's giving them each other.

I have yet to get up to Helena to see my new little cutie, but I hear all is well and I can't wait!! I am so glad Matt got to stay home from work this week to be with his family--seems the least the Army could do since they are sending him away so soon.

Anyway---still under the weather here, Rich with an earache, me with horrible nausea and headache. We're sitting here groaning while our spritely daughters dance around and entertain us, feeling great. Too bad their energy isn't as contagious as the viruses we've battled this month!!! Oh, well, Life is good...

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Happiest Birthday

Today is my Dad Post's 56th birthday and guess what he got? A GRANDSON! Yep, Amie (my brother Matt's wife) had her second boy today and they named him Sam. They haven't sent us a picture yet, but I felt so excited about babies today, I am posting one of my own...here's Heidi and me in April 2004. :)And here is Papa Post with Heidi on her blessing weekend in May 2004. I think it's super cool that his only biological son had a son on his birthday. Sorry, dad...we didn't get you anything NEAR as cool, but we love you & are thinking about you! Have a great day!
PS: I forgot OUR baby news--right as Amie was giving birth, I was at my first appointment with my OB and we actually heard heart tones at about 153 beats per minute, so the wee one is indeed in there, pumping away at 10 weeks along.

Monday, February 20, 2006

Instant Gratification

Ever since we watched Just Like Heaven last week I have been dying to get the soundtrack adn I forgot to look for it while we were in civilization last weekend. And then today I saw that fantastic Dove commercial with the little girls who need to learn to love themselves, with "True Colors" playing in the background, and I remembered how bad I need to download that Cyndi Lauper song. So I logged on to walmart.com's 88-cent downloads and filled up my music basket. Within 10 minutes, I had the Just like Heaven soundtrack and a bunch of singles on my computer, ready to be burned to CD. It's so SATISFYING--sometimes the internet brings me joy. Check out these heart-happy songs I got today for less than $13:

Blame It On The Moon, I Think It's Gonna Rain Today, & Thank You Stars by Katie Melua

True Colors by Cyndi Lauper

I Believe (When I Fall in Love) & You Are the Sunshine of My Life by Stevie Wonder

Just Like Heaven soundtrack:
Just Like Heaven – Katie Melua
Just My Imagination – Pete Yorn
Lust For Life – Kay Hanley
Good Times Roll – The Cars
Ghostbusters – Bowling For Soup
Brass In Pocket – Kelis
I Put A Spell On You – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
Strange Invitation – Beck
Spooky – Imogen Heap
Jungle Fever – Chakachas
Bad Case Of Lovin’ You – Emerson Hart
Colors – Amos Lee
Just Like Heaven – The Cure
[plus 5 instrumentals]

I highly recommend all of the above. For a real treat, click on the Katie Melua link and go to her media center and watch the video for "Nine Million Bicycles." It is one of the best, sweetest songs I have heard in ages. If I were getting married now, it would be my wedding song.

"Freezin' Butt Cold"

First of all, a link for your surfing pleasure (have fun with this one--I think I would like the magnets they sell): sign generator

Secondly, I am still here and I even went to the temple Saturday in Billings and to church Sunday here. I keep forgetting that I am and will be exhausted for a while because I am pregnant and that's just the way it is. I always forget the unbelievable tiredness. It's as if I have a constant unisom IV drip going or something--if I can rest my head, I am out. But the sickness is fading, and Rich is feeling better, too. Soon we will be all better.

Our anniversary trip was fun. Our hotel had a temple discount, so it was only $35 (!!!) and they had a big spiral waterslide in their warm indoor pool, so we totally went swimming Friday night--a day that saw A HIGH of eleven below zero (today, is reached a toasty +17 so far). It was cool to watch the steam freeze to the window. We also stopped to buy the details for our master bath and found all the "Restore and Restyle" stuff we wanted on sale for half price at Target. And some cute spring shoes for the girls. It was great. We were gone for 25 hours and it was delightful.

I have to fix my scanner and I will post the picture of me and Heidi from the paper last week. Until then, adieu.

Friday, February 17, 2006

On This Date in History: 02/17/01

We got married in San Diego!...And it just gets better every year.
Happy Anniversary, Hunny!
JUST MARRIED

Me stealing a kiss from my niece, Melanie.
Cousin Candace, Niece Ally, and sisters Angie, Sara, & Amy look on.

The day before the wedding, we all gathered at my mom's house in Ramona, CA (east of SD). One of the favorite activities was swapping babies...here, Jill checks out Evan (Dana's baby), while Dana snuggles Liam (Willy's baby), while Willy looks on (and so does Liam's big sister, Melanie).

After our BBQ dinner the night before the wedding, Richard and I gave out silly award ribbons to our siblings to introduce them to each other and show our love for all of them. It was so fun to have all our loved ones together in one place---isn't that always the best thing about a wedding? Oh, besides the part where I got THE BEST HUSBAND EVER!

Bipolar

The hormones are getting the best of me! I was just making some juice for the girls with the radio on, and this darned song came on:

God on high
Hear my prayer
In my need
You have always been there
He is young
He's afraid
Let him rest
Heaven blessed.
Bring him home...
The summers die
One by one
How soon they fly
On and on
And I am old
And will be gone.
Bring him peace
Bring him joy
He is young
He is only a boy
You can take
You can give
Let him be
Let him live
If I die, let me die
Let him live
Bring him home.
I suppose thoughts of Matt are always just at the back of my mind, because dumb little things like hearing a song on the radio or the Fallen Heroes segment on CBS news just send me into sobs. Part of me knows he will be okay--I keep thinking, it can't possibly be God's will for Amie to raise those babies alone--but at the same time, the whole year will jus t be hard--there is no way around it.

But even earlier this morning, I was feeling elated at the news of my dear friend Lisa's engagement. I am so excited for her and can't wait to meet the man who is cool enough to be her husband. I was also feeling some left-over elation at finally finding nice, simple Laura Ashley dresses for my girls at Costco, of all places. I will save my rant for another day, but I have been so annoyed now that Addie is in "girl sizes," I am expected to dress her like a junior sleaze. I cannot believe that they make the same clothes for a five year old that they make for a 16 year old. Can't my little girl just dress like a little girl for 5 more years? I was getting ready to bust out the sewing machine, but Costco came through with lovely, classic dresses in both their sizes. Let girls be girls!

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Carters Rock

Seein's how Richard and I are still sick (like running fevers, can't-quite-breathe-right, sniffle-and-cough sick, not dying-of-pneumonia sick), Valentine's Day was set up to be pretty sucky around here. But Rich got up early on V-day to shovel the walk and came back into the house with balloons and Spongebob Candies for the girls and all my favorite chocolates with a lovely card for me. Awwwww! I had planned to decorate his office like I usually do, but just couldn't do it, so I sent the treats and decorations with him (along with some cute pix, cards, and treats for his parents and co-worker). Later, The Carter family in our ward arranged a special Valentine's night "IN" for Rich and me to thank us for helping w/ their computer. Terry (the mom) came and picked up the girls at 5:30 and dropped of a lovely dinner of roasted lemon pepper chicken, shrimp scampi, peas with mushrooms, Martinelli's sparkling cider, and chocolate mousse with strawberries, complete with candlelight! She also brought a movie for us to watch--"Just Like Heaven"--which was pretty cute, as well as some chocolately treats to snack on while we watched.

The girls came home a little after 8pm, all ready for bed, so we tucked them in, gave Terry her dishes, and finished the movie (Rich also installed our master toilet last night, so being able to potty down stairs was the greatest Vday gift of all!!!). So what was looking like the bleakest of all Valentine's Days turned into one of the best. Thanks, Carter family! We hope to "pay if forward" for another couple in depserate need of a date night! You guys are the BEST!

We were reminiscing about V-day 5 years ago...we had just arrived in San Diego to prepare for our wedding on February 17, 2001. We spent the day doing wedding stuff, like picking up Rich's tux in Escondido, shopping with my mom, etc. I think we went to dinner with my parents that night and it was just a really fun day, looking forward to being married that weekend. Oh, what fun! Sometimes I can't believe that five years have flown by, but at the same time, I can't believe I was ever NOT married to Rich. I mean, I barely remember life without him...which is cool because "it's a wonderful life."

And the wonderful life is calling--kids need some love and I gotta go!

Monday, February 13, 2006

At Long Last

Nine days ago ( Feb. 4th, the last time I saw daylight, basically) we took the girls to Helena to visit their cousin Jake. Jake took us to one of his favorite places, Carousel Ice Cream, where the three kids rode the carousel over and over and over again. Here are some long-overdue pictures... That's Jake, Heidi, & Addie
Heidi riding a trout
Addie riding a frog
I have more pictures to post, but they are all stuck on the camera. Why, you ask? Because SOMEBODY chewed on our USB cable, rendering it useless and unable to download pictures from camera to computer. I will borrow one tonight so I can get our cute Valentine's Pix out to everyone. I had grand Valentines plans, but all the cute things I made back on January 20-21 are still in a box downstairs, waiting for me to finish convalescing. I think I will save most of them for next year, but will send out a little something to everyone tomorrow.
So I am feeling better; not 100% yet, but I would say about 75%, which is up from like 25% last week--mostly dead. I feel woozy when I am up, but I do get up, and I am eating my regular early-pregnancy diet of apples, oranges, yogurt, wheat toast and ice water. Only once in a while does something else sound good (like roasted chicken last night). Poor Richard is sick today and his mom and I conspired to get him a half day today--I made him lay down after lunch and then called her at his office and asked if he could just stay home and sleep the rest of the day. She said she would cover for him, so I hope this nap will help him nip his cold in the bud before he gets a full-blown infection. He worked really hard this weekend to get our master bath tiled and it looks awesome. Again---pictures stuck on camera.
While I have been in bed, I have watched some TV. The highlights include The Olympics Opening Ceremonies (kind of weird and random, but fun) and some events, Jon Stewart on the Daily Show announcing the birth of his daughter, Maggie, and a really cool movie about The Clash (1977-1983) on The Documentary Channel. The Doc channel just suddenly appeared on our satellite menu and I have watched HOURS of documentaries...I was in TV heaven! Ask me about A Trial in Prague or why they put you in jail in Vienna...I'll tell you! Or maybe you want to know how all those Jewish merchants ended up in the (intolerant) south...I can tell you.
Anyway...I hope that's the extent of my TV-viewing for a while. I've got plenty else to do around here, like finish decorating my laundry room and new bathroom, sanitizing this sick-fest, and teaching Addie to read!

Friday, February 10, 2006

With Dread

As I was driving past Sacajawea Park the other day, I noticed how frayed and faded the yellow ribbons on the trees had become. I remember 3 years ago when I drove that way every day and the ribbons were shiny and new and we thought this war with Iraq would be like the last one and what a great Independence Day parade we could have in July when all these heroes came home. Then all their pictures and flags and mementos posted by their loved ones at home got sunbleached and windblown and old, and some still weren't home. It's three years later and everything is a mess and people are still driving oversized cars, complaining about gas prices, criticizing the government, and forgetting about the hundreds of soldiers from thousands of little towns like ours with families who wait on edge and fervently pray for their return.

My little brother has been officially ordered to Baghdad for 15 months starting this June (read about it here). His second little baby is due this week and his darling wife is trying so hard to be tough. I make no bones about being a wimp and I have been crying all afternoon. We knew it was coming but somehow assumed that something would happen to make it not so, to keep him home and safe. Even now, I just keep thinking something has to happen, something will happen, he won't go, he can't go....It's like when Sam got called to serve as a missionary in Columbia and while he was in training, missionaries were shot in Bogota. I prayed he wouldn't have to go and he got an illness (allergy?) that kept him stateside and he didn't have to go to Bogota---he went to Chicago instead. I know it's unlikely this time and it will be a huge test for all of us to say goodbye to Matt and to pray him home safely. I just can't believe the war has come so close to home.

UPDATE: Monday--Mom tells me that Matt will have to leave in April, when the baby is only 6 weeks old. POOR AMIE! Dang the stinkin' Army! When I told Sam about Matt having to leave, Sam said, "I'll come up there and poke his eye out so he'll be half deaf AND half blind...then they won't make him go!" That made me laugh, but just for a minute. There is still a big fat sadness around here that makes February even suckier than normal.

Monday, February 06, 2006

Sicky

We tried to go to Helena to visit Matt & Amie & watch the Superbowl with them--again, we went, I was too sick, and we came home Sunday morning. I finally went to the doctor where they confirmed that (a) I am indeed 8 weeks pregnant and (b) I do have pneumonia. So I came home with a big bag of treats-- an Albuterol nebulizer, Tylenol 3, and a Z-pack of antibiotics. YUM! Rich has taken the girls for FHE with their Melin cousins and I have just taken my breathing treatment and half a Tylenol 3. Wish me a good, cough-free night and I'll be on the mend in no time! Pictures coming soon when I feel better.

UPDATE: Now it's Friday, and last night was my first semi-decent night's sleep. I feel better today, with only an earache, cough, and runny nose. My chest feels better and will hopefully be functioning soon (I haven't worked out since January 23rd). The girls are all better and my in-laws are taking good care of me. Thanks for the well-wishes.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Sleeping Angels

Addie & Heidi asleep at Aunt Jill's last Friday night....awwwwww.

Addie's Self-Portrait :"with a messy face & a rainbow"

Energy Levels

Although I am totally thankful to be sick this pregnancy because it's a sign of increasing growth hormones, I wanted to share my frustrations with you in graph form. I just noticed a bunch of dyslexic typos, so just excuse them and laugh along with me...
(CLICK to ENLARGE)

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Laundry Room

While I was gone last week, Richard painted my laundry room floor, textured and painted the walls, painted and installed cabinets (his mom's old ones), and installed a sink. I chose the paint color for something else and told him to use it on the cabinets, but I am going to change it. I meant it to be a limey-celery green and it turned out to be a neon yellowish...? Anyway, it;s brighter and friendlier in there and I am excited to make it a good work space. There is also an ironing center and a sewing table (I need to get the sewing machines--there are 3 sitting there-- tuned up and well-stocked).I am going to find a funky shower curtain (think Target's "Swell" collection) to hide the furnace & water heater and hang up my vintage "Breakfast at Tiffany's" movie poster, just to make it bright and fun in there.
Here's how it looks from the food storage room (we are putting in shelves on the left between the cabinets and the wall) ...
...and from the door of the basement family room.

Tagged by Brent


Cousin Brent posted his Arrested Development Score on his blog yesterday, so I took the test and got results similar to Brent's. Geeks of a feather flock together! If you like the show, you should take the test, too.


George Michael

You scored 67% smart, 43% creative, 76% refined, and 23% odd!

How's it going, little cornball? You seem to be very intelligent and very refined. You know what's good and bad for you, and you always try to do the right thing no matter what the cost is to you. You may get momentarily confused sometimes, but your genius brain always finds a way through it. You are sure to be successfull in life.

Side note: I just posted this entry about 4 times, and each time I put in the link to the test, it erased the rest of the post. So if you want to take the test, clikc on Cousin Brent's link over there and use the link from his blog. UGH!

Random Pix

As usual, I didn't take many pictures in January, but I found some on my camera worth posting. Once the snow melted, dad got back to work at the ranch. We went down to pick up some cabinets for the laundry room (which are stored in the barn) and Addie helped Grandpa unload the truck at the burn pile.
Here's how the ranch & river look in winter.
Heidi and Addie enjoying their pets today (2/01).
FERRAL CHILD: When Heidi had pneumonia, we had her sleep with us to listen to her breathing, but once she got well, we put her back in her own bed. The first night, she threw that tantrum to end all tantrums between 1am and 3am. We ended up just shutting her in her room and trying to sleep through the wailing. When she wok up in the morning she looked like this. We had put her down in a blanket sleeper (those zip-up one piece warm jammies) in her bed, and we found her on her floor with her drawers emptied, wearing only a silky slip around her waist.
I tried to take a picture and introduce you to our family pets, but Dory the Betta fish is always hiding. Anyway, this is Dory (hiding in the grass) and Gary the Snail in their Spongebob Squarepants tank. Addie & Heidi got them for Christmas.

FAMILY LETTER 01.14.18

Dear Loved Ones,                                                      This has been a very typical January week. We are well into the w...