Tuesday, March 31, 2009

To Blog or Not To Blog?

I have this "funny" little story to tell you about Josh and something that happened at church on Sunday...but I can't because I am afraid that someone would be offended.

It isn't gossipy...nor mean at all...but someone's actions had, I think, unintended consequences for Josh...and I think they might feel bad if they found out.

So...I can't tell the story.

But, why am I telling you about this story that I can't tell you?

Because I'm mean?

No, really...because I am wondering if anyone else finds themselves censoring what they blog about.

I have encountered this problem numerous times in the recent past...and I wonder, what do you do?

Wanna Trade?

Look at this little face.

It's so sweet.

And cute.

And angelic.

Oh, how looks can be deceiving!!!!!

This little person has taken to waking up at 3 in the morning for no reason.

Well, enough was enough, and last night I decided to let her cry it out (gasp). I know. Bad mommy.

So, after listening to her for a minute I knew something was off, so I went in to check on her.

And what did I find?

Not my sweet Katie.

No, Sir.

But, Harry Houdini.

This little stinker had managed to undo the buttons and zipper of her pajamas, as well as wiggle out her diaper.

And as she stood triumph, in the middle of her crib, grinning up at me from her WET, WET bedding...I decided right then and there...

I gotta figure out how to get Troy to go check on her in the middle of the night.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Arch Enemies and Other Kid Stuff

I was reading The Meanest Mom blog today.

She was talking about how her daughter had gotten bullied yesterday and it got me thinking about Mikayla.

She currently has a "nemesis" at school, someone who takes every chance she gets to be mean and rude to Mikayla, saying super hurtful things. I hate how mean girls can be to each other and I hate that Mikayla has to experience this.

It made me think about my own experiences and the girls (and women) who have been this type of nemesis for me. Luckily, I don't really feel like I have that in my life right now, but it wasn't so long ago, that I too was dealing with this type of person.

You know who they are. They tend to run in your circle, and although you are not "friends" with them, you are friends will all their friends. They always show up wherever you are, and it seems like every chance they get they feel the need to show you how superior they are...and put you down in some way. Ack. I hate that.

Thinking about this, makes me realize that I can't really tell Mikayla that this type of things goes away when you grow up, because in many instances, it doesn't.

But, one thing that I have realized, is that these type of people are not worth wasting my time and energy on. I mean, they aren't people I want to be friends with in the first place, so why should I care what they think? Frankly, most of the time, I don't see eye to eye with them anyway, so I can't let their opinions and actions bother me.

But, that's a lot easier to say than it is to do. Because somehow, these people also seem to have the knack of making me crazy!

So, how do you deal with this? With your kids? With yourself?

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Is It Just Me?

Well, today was field trip day with the middle school. The kids went to a wildlife preserve. It was pretty cool. They had several bald eagles, and quite a few osprey out...I can see why my friend Amy thinks birding is pretty cool.

And, I know I do this every time I go on a field trip...but I just can't help myself.

The kids today were pretty good, but I have to say, I was appalled by the language and the discussions that the kids had on the bus. And, if they are going to talk that way when adults are sitting right in front of them, what are they talking about when there aren't any adults?


F-bombs, talk about sex, etc. It's a lot for the mom of a young girl. And, it wasn't just that. I realize that Mikayla is sheltered...much more so than I was at her age, but I just don't think there is anything wrong with keeping so much of the crap out of our home and out of her life.

As the kids were discussing things they like and books they read...they were talking about music groups Mikayla has barely heard of...and books she isn't going to be reading anytime soon. With their cells phones and expensive clothes...it just all seems like too much.

I know. I am a big prude...but really...Mikayla only gets to be young once and there will be plenty of time for her to experience the "worldly" side of life...am I crazy for just wanting her to have a wholesome outlook on life?

I know I can't protect her forever, and she is going to get exposed to the crap whether I want her to or not. But my hope is that she will find it all revolting and not have a need to have it in her life.

Right now, she likes school...and church and has really nice friends. Even the boy she likes is the sweetest thing ever (eek...don't tell her I said that!). I just want it to stay this way for a little while longer. Is that too much to ask?

Okay, stepping down off the soap box now.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

It's EEEEE-vil

So, Troy is home. And since he is leaving again today, he was nice enough to let me sleep in this morning.

But, you know how it is when everyone is dashing around trying to get ready for the day...there isn't much sleeping to be done with that kind of noise.

Still, it was nice to just lie in bed and listen and not have to do anything about it.

Well, as I was laying in bed I hear Troy scream, "Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh!"


"Oh, Katie! Noooooooooooooooooo!"

Well, I could tell no one was dying (except maybe Troy)...so I just waited to see what would happen.

Sure enough, a few minutes later Troy comes bursting into the bedroom with a naked little Katie.

"What happened?"

"Ack," he says. "She stuck her hands down her diaper and wiped poo everywhere."

"Oh no. Where did she wipe poo?"

"All over me!!!!"

Now, how evil is it that I thought this was totally funny?

I know. Bad karma for me...especially right before Troy leaves on another trip...but still. Dang funny.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

So much to catch up on.

Things have been pretty much chaos around here this last week. So much so that I actually forgot to pick up a camera and take a 365 picture. I mean, I only took like 2000+ photos this week, you would have thought that somewhere in all that, I would have managed a photo every day. But no.

So, I missed the 18th...which was the day I spent hanging out at the Kunz house, mooching off their macaroni and cheese. BTW, thanks Andrea and Rob!

77/365 Nothing to Show For It

Thursday was the wedding, which was so wonderful.

78/365 Personal Assistant

Andrea was a great assistant. I am thinking that this may be a necessary position in my household from now on. Any takers?

And Friday was the reception. I am still in the middle of editing the reception, but here's a couple of my favs so far.

Saturday was a very special day. As soon as Troy came home, we were able to attend the Crosby sealing and it was just perfect.

80/365 Temple Blessings

We left the temple as the sun was setting...it was beyond beautiful...and I felt so blessed to have been able to be there for Selvia and Lyndon.

Having just attended the Hanson wedding a couple of days before...temple blessings were fresh on my mind.

For those of you not of my faith, we believe that temples give us the opportunity to create (or seal) a union that will last not only in this life, but in the life to come. It is a most sacred rite and ordinance. Troy and I were married in such a ceremony and it was one of the things which I knew to be possible before I ever even knew of the church's existence.

There are few things in this life that seem important enough to have eternal consequence, but love and marriage are some of these things for me.

And it was wonderful to see fresh, young love create such a union on Thursday, and I felt privileged to be there. But, watching the Crosby's create such a union on Saturday was extraordinary. As they took these steps to bind their family together forever, and when their children were brought in...I still can't find the words.

It really made my faith and my religion come alive.

81/365 Freeze

And today I stayed home with Josh, who hasn't been feeling well. It was just a lazy day at home, and everyone was super excited to have Dad home, even if it's only for a couple of days.

They got a good game of Freeze dance going. Silly kids. (Silly dad.)

Well, hopefully this week won't be quite as crazy, but I won't count on that. Of course, the craziness just adds to the fun. (At least that's what I tell myself.)

I appreciate your thoughts and prayers about my grandmother. She has been moved out of the hospital into a rehab facility...where she is finally eating a little and able to move. She still cannot speak, and I hope that changes for her. But, she is much better overall.

I am sure that I will have another marathon post soon.

Friday, March 20, 2009

The Wedding

With all the craziness of this week, it was lovely to go to the temple yesterday and attend Janae and Kyle's wedding and take the photos.

I was super nervous, but Janae and Kyle were so happy and relaxed, it was such a great day.

It rained, but luckily, not too hard. It was super nice to have Andrea there as my assistant and second shooter. I really loved the variety of angles were able to capture shooting together.

I love getting those good shots...the family and bride and groom in front of the temple, but I think the highlight (for me) is to really capture the details of the day. I hope I did.

So, without further ado, here's a few of my favs from the day.

Disaster Always Come In Threes

Well, it never fails, but when Troy is gone something always goes terribly wrong.

And, this trip was no exception. Luckily(?!?!) the trials of this trip have been more emotional than physical (but since he doesn't actually come home until tomorrow, I won't rule that out either).

The day after Troy got to Paris I was checking the bank statement and there was a MASSIVE withdrawal from our debit account...well, after quite a bit of anxious waiting to get everything sorted out...it turns out that Troy had accidentally put his hotel expenses on our debit card instead of the credit card...and it was taking the Parisians a bit to reverse everything.

And then the next day, I got a call from our mortgage company saying that we were behind on our mortgage and would I like to make arrangements for a payment.


Well, after having a mild heart attack...and finding my voice raising to the level that all the nearby wildlife could hear...it turns out we did in fact make a payment - early even - and that they had simply mis-credited the amount. Holy crap. Are these people trying to KILL me????

And, on a less (meaning not) funny, and more personal note, my grandmother had a massive stroke this week. She is such a wonderful woman, and I am just hoping that we can handle whatever the Lord has in store for her...and for our family. She is still in the hospital, and unable to speak. She is paralyzed on one side and unable to eat.

These are the times when I curse living so far away from our family. But, I pray for them and I know that they know I am thinking of them.

So, here's to Troy coming home soon...so that we can get back to real life.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Smile for the Camera

You know the saying: the cat's away...the mice will play.

I know, you're asking yourself what naughty thing I did...well, I bought a new flash...and it's been so fun to play with.

75/365 Smile for the Camera...or Not

This stinker won't do anything on command, especially not smile...but she's cute, just the same!

I love the flash...and just in the nick of time...because today I took my first set of bridals.

WOW! The pressure. Never has a photo seemed so important. If this is what the bridals feel like, what am I going to do on the wedding day? eek.

But, I am happy with the results. Hopefully the bride to be is happy with them!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Hurry and Catch Up

Well, we have started a long season of what may one day be known as the mac and cheese months...as Troy is off globe trotting once again. And we have begun with a whimper.

As I got to the end of the day and started thinking about what I might take a photo of...I wished I could photograph the silence...because it is really lovely right now.

Yikes. It's only day one. I hope this isn't a sign of things to come!!

74/365 The Sound of Silence

The children are in bed and all is quiet. I enjoy the noise of the children, and the life in our house...but sometimes...silence is golden.

73/365 Chocolate Milk, Beatty Style

Did you know that you cannot enjoy chocolate milk in the Beatty house without a spoon. mmm.mmm.good.

72/365 Look Out Papa John

The preschool took a little field trip to a pizza parlor. The kids got to make their own pizza and take a tour of the kitchen. This is my kind of field trip!


I have needed new glasses for a while, and I finally got around to it.

70/365 Hoochie Mama

This little girl takes her clothes off every chance she gets...and dang if she doesn't try to take the diaper too. ack. But, she's cute, isn't she?


We were driving down the road and the sun had started to set. I thought that it would make a great picture...but even before I could suggest it, Troy asked if I wanted him to stop so that I could get a good shot. LOL! Apparently, he's learning.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

**cough** man cold **cough**

Well, I have a little catching up to do on my 365 photos...but before I do, I just wanted to say that life as we know it has come to halt here at our house.


Because Troy has a man cold.

A man cold?

Oh wait. In case you are not familiar with this "brink of death" type illness...please watch this, which I have totally stolen from Andrea's blog.

Does every man behave this way when struck with an illness? Let me know.

Okay. Catching up.

65/365 (3/6) Cousin It

We are growing out Katie's hair. Here's the post shower, pre-hair do phase. eek.

66/365 (3/7) The Temple

These photos are in the previous post.

67/365 (3/8) Besties

We had Andrea and Rob over. The kids all get along so well...everyone has a buddy. Katie and Anna are so funny together, and Anna is actually one word that Katie knows. Double trouble, for sure.

68/365 (3/9) Train Up A Child

Don't you love that age where the children not only want to do chores, they BEG you to allow them to help? Sigh. This age passes soooo quickly.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Smile, Silly

I have been wanting to go to the temple to scout it out and see where the best places to take photos are. So, last night we took advantage of a free Saturday, did some location scouting, got in a goofy little photo shoot, did sealings, and had an awesome dinner at PF Changs. All in all the perfect evening!

We got a late start to the temple, so we pretty much had lost the light when we got there...but I managed a few of photos -- where Rob and Andrea weren't TOTALLY hamming it up!

Here's a couple of my favs.

Did I mention that they were being goofy?

And, here's Rob practicing his "I'm a future General Authority" pose.

And, since we were mostly shooting in the dark, I thought we should make the most of the light...and got this cool one.

And, Andrea was nice enough to get a similar one of me and Troy.

I have to say, my favorite part was playing with the light, and getting these fun shots of the temple. Isn't it amazing how different it can look, depending on the time of day?

Really, as much fun as it was to go and play, it was super great to be at the temple. I really enjoyed the session of sealings we did...and in particular because the sealer was interested in instructing as well as sealing, so I got to learn a lot too.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Sour Grapes?

Well, here we are, stuck at home once more. Becky is on medication now, but I didn't want to freak anyone out with her glowing eye...so we decided to have another sick day.

64/365 (3/5) Poor, Sick Thing

So Becky has spent the day, laying around, being waited on hand and foot.

"I need a drink, Mommy."

"I'm hungry Mommy."

"Change the channel Mommy."

She's definitely channeling diva today. All is I need now is to find my palm frond fan and a bunch of grapes.

And here's the catch up:

63/365 (3/4)Waiting

We have pretty much the same ritual every morning...which usually involves a tiny bit of yelling and a mad dash to find lost shoes.

In addition, as the kids finish up getting ready for the day, Josh stations himself by the window, having been designated "Official Bus Watcher." His only job, it seems, is to scream "BUS!" as the top of his lungs as the school bus passes by our house. He's got it down.

62/365 (3/3) This Face

Katie got a new little coat and shoes, and I was trying to get a photo of her. Apparently, she has inherited her Dad's aversion to having her photo taken.

Clearly, this photos says to me, "Mom. Enough with the photos."

Big sigh.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

It's Not Paranoia, It's Not!

All week, my only goal has been to go to the gym...and all week something or someone has thwarted my plans.

Two snow days this week did not help.

So, when I got up this morning I was determined that I would get to the gym today.

Troy got off to work.

Mikayla got off to her school.

Josh, Emma, and Joe all got of to their school.

Then I set about getting Becky and Katie ready for the day.

But, it wasn't meant to be.

Becky has pink eye.


Where the heck did she get pink eye?

ack. So a couple more days at home now.

Maybe it's a sign?

Monday, March 2, 2009

Guess Who?

Well, I have been saying that if it's going to be THIS cold, then it might as well snow.

And snow it did!!!!

61/365 (3/2) Let It Snow!!!

Can you even tell it's Becky underneath all that stuff? It was COLD, but the kids insisted on playing outside. They all played and played and played until they came inside frozen, chapped, and tired. All in all, the perfect day.

Well, except for the dirty, rotten kids who stole our sleds!!!! Right out of our yard. We had four outside, and now only have one (plus they stole the Kunz' sled too). Seriously, what is wrong with people?

It's going to a fight to the death tomorrow to see who gets to use the sled we have left!

And to catch up over the weekend:

60/365 (3/1)Photo Op

I have had like six banker boxes full of photos staring at me for I don't know how long. Well, I finally did it. I sorted through them and weeded it down to these 3000 or so photos that need to be scanned. Um. That won't take too long, right?

59/365 (2/28) Always Prepared

It was the Primary Quarterly activity. Joe and his scout troop helped organize a little service project for the troops. What a great idea. Joe is becoming quite the young man. He will be 10 soon, and unfortunately, the only Webelo in our ward. So, come April, he will be attending scouts with another ward. One more night of activities for us. Can you feel the love?
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