Saturday, November 29, 2008

Why I love my Hubby... Reason 759

(WARNING:  Cheese Factor is VERY HIGH on this post, consider yourself warned...)

Excerpt from a phone conversation a couple of days ago (don't worry, I'll edit out the lovey/dovey stuff!)...

Hubby (from store), "Hey honey, they have some fun gingerbread house building kits here, should I get one for the kids?"

Me (at home), "Yea, that would be fun!  But while you're there, why don't you grab a couple of extra bags of candy - they never seem to have enough in the kits (well, not enough to snack on while you're decorating, and after all, what fun is building a gingerbread house if you can't snack on the candy in the process??!)"

Hubby, "Sure, no problem"...

...and this is what came through the door...
I think we could build an entire gingerbread house out of the actual candy :)

... and this, ladies and gentlemen, is why I love my husband so much (keep reading, it's more than just bringing home truck loads of goodies... although that does help... but I digress...).  
He is a complete over-achiever in EVERY sense of the word.  He will do EVERYTHING he does to the upmost degree.  He never cuts corners on ANYTHING...  
    If I ask him to help clean the bathroom, I can guarantee that thing will be spotless from top to bottom, in every nook and cranny (let alone the fact that he will, in fact, help in cleaning the bathroom!).  
     If he decides to put up a fence, you can bet money on the fact that the fence will be better built than most professionally built fences out there.  
    If he is in charge of 'pizza night' our table will be FULL with every imaginable (and some not-yet imaginable...) pizza toppings.
    If he is going through medical school, you can also bet that he will go for it with gusto, and open up every possible avenue of future career path for the family (okay, so this one wasn't always a positive in my book, as many nights home alone spent begrudging this quality will attest... but now that we are on the home stretch, I can see how it was worth it... mostly ;)  ).
    If he is secretary of the elders quorum, you can bet he have every possible aspect of that quorum organized, categorized, and accounted for. (He was the person I got the announcements from when I was RS secretary!)  
    If he is in charge of date night, you can bet he will have every possible new eating option within a 50 mile radius scoured, complete with menu options, driving directions, and reservations made in a few different places (just to make sure)
    I could go on, and on (and on, and on...) but you get the picture:  That's my hubby - the 'go for it with gusto' man that I completely admire (and mock on occasion...) and with whom I am madly, deeply, hopelessly in love!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Let the Festivities begin!!!

Okay, these pictures won't mean anything to you unless you were ever a part of the 
Petersen "Gathering" night...

If you can believe it, this is the first year that I have actually attempted scones.  Since we don't have a fry-daddy (or baby, or grampa, for that matter... c'mon guys, I'm a dietician - that is against the law in this household ;)  ), I did the old-fashioned fry in the skillet method.  I know, I know,  these aren't the super-cute-golden-delicious-mom-like scones, but hey, they are scones, and they were yummy!

After a frantic call to mom in the store to make sure I was getting all of the right ingredients (Yes, this DOES merit a trans-continental call to Argentina to make sure that I'm not leaving out any of the sacred ingredients!!), I came home and got to work on the stew.

So, we may be far away, and our gathering was very small, but we gathered nonetheless to officially open the Thanksgiving festivities!!! 
So if you made it over the river and through the woods, or just out the bedroom and down the hall, we wish you all a 

Sunday, November 23, 2008

C'mon, can owning a dog at this stage in life REALLY be ALL that bad??

(This picture really doesn't show the whole effect of muddy dog prints covering 80% of the kitchen floor... after mopping TWICE...)


...and Y-E-S!!!!
(oh, and yes, that IS a torn diaper, and YES, it was full of what you think it was!)

Can someone just put the straight jacket on me now, please??

Shaking foundation...

I don't know... after the elections, and now last nights game... things are starting to get pretty shaky around here...

We all got into the game spirit yesterday, and since we have quite en eclectic group in our ward (read:  some people from that OTHER team are here in the ward... ((is that even legal??!))
We got a good little 'smack talk' going on before the game.

Sarah even got her hair in the traditional "Y" braid...

... and then we did receive the 'not-so-anonymous' phone call with the Ute fight song blaring through (I'm surprised the phone lines weren't singed in the process with such blasphamy blaring through...) 

And yes, CERTAIN people did show up at church today sporting the abominable RED color scheme (but since it's so close to Christmas, we just decided they had started to show their Christmas cheer a bit early, RIGHT??!)

Here is my synopsis of the game:  Our beloved BYU football team took their primary lessons to heart, and if you could have seen their huddles, I'm sure you would have heard their musically inclined voices singing, "Give Said the little Stream, Give, oh Give..."

And when wondering what that put the spring in their steps after an interception, you would have heard them humming, "When we're helping, we're happy..."

So there you have it, the real reason why BYU was so GIVING in last night's contest...   And why we are still TRUE BLUE!!!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Today was one of those days when I could see the writing on the wall...

... and the other wall...

... and the table...

... and the chair...

... and just when I think I'm going to lose it, I round the corner and find...
... and just like that, my motherly heart gets melted... (of course this one would be on a 'post it' that is easily cleaned up... why couldn't they do that with the rest??!)

** Mom - here's where you tell me that one day I will miss washing all of the marker-marks off the walls...and tables...and chairs... I need to hear it!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Drum Roll Please...

Yes, we have finally arrived at a decision...

We will be staying right here in the tundra-land of Minnesota :).  It was such a hard decision, but it feels good to have it made and be able to make plans for 'life beyond medical training'.  I can't believe we actually get to grow up after all... :).

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Blah Blah Blah

Nothing comes to mind to post... I just want to post... 

So here is my post... about nothing...

And there you have it :).

(I think I need a good sleep!)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

From the mouth of babes....

... I love listening to my kids have conversations - although I usually have to be some distance away so they don't here me giggling so much.  

.... Today's conversation was over breakfast when I was gathering things up in the other room to dash out the door to violin, and then stopped to listen... and laugh...and learn...

Seth, "Ben, you are my best friend."
Sarah, "Hey, Seth, you said that I was your best friend!" 

Seth, "Well, yea, I did say that, but you aren't anymore."  **I almost intervened from my post in the other room to give the 'motherly' advice that we could all be best friends in our family, but heard this...

Sarah, "So, you are breaking up with me??"

Seth, "Well, yes... but we can still be friends."  ** what have they been listening to at school??!**

Seth continues, "Well, Sarah, sometimes when I do something mean to you, you don't be nice back."

Sarah, "What??"  **which is what I was asking in my mind, What??!

Seth, "Like when I do something mean, you don't say, 'may please can you stop?' ... you just be mean back."

 ... okay, so I had to laugh right out loud at this 6 year old logic... and the fact that his being mean in the first place wasn't even an issue to him... it was her being mean back... 

... and then I had a little 'ah hah' moment... how many times in life do we not consider our own issues and instead insist on pointing out how someone else is really wrong... for reacting to our original wrong... (kind of a little beam/mote type of a situation...)

... and I thought they were sent here to be taught by me - instead they are teaching me :)

Saturday, November 8, 2008

You know your hubby's a HUGE Journey fan when...

... you are getting the kids ready for bed after a day of being gone on/again/off/again for a huge stake youth activity that lasted pretty much the whole day...
... and your 6 year olds both start singing, "Wheels in the sky keep on turnin' ".   
... Yep, they got a little Journey inoculation today :)   ... (and a break from the non-stop Christmas music their mom makes them endure the rest of the days!)

Friday, November 7, 2008

Let it Snow, Let it snow, let it snow!!

We had no school today, and woke up to fluffy falling flakes!

The kids had a ball playing in the snow, and  Mom remembered how long it takes to get everyone 'buffered' against the elements and out the door to go anywhere in the winter :).

I LOVE snow between now and Christmas... then get prepared for a GREAT many complaint entries starting around January (consider yourself warned...).

Let the Christmas music Roll!!  (Oh yea, I already did that...)

When I'm a mommy....

 I knew it would come, the day I heard, "When I'm a mommy..."
...  I just didn't know it would come so soon...

This seems to be Sarah's latest line of defense when she doesn't agree with my parenting things... especially on things as torturous as, say, bedtimes, and cleaning rooms....

The past few months it started, first it was, "When I'm a mommy, I'm not going to make my little girl go to bed.  She is going to get to stay up as late as she wants!"

Then it moved onto, "When I'm a mommy, I'm not going to make my little girl clean her room.  She is going to be able to keep it as messy as she wants!"

Then we moved into, "When I'm a mommy, I'm not going to make my little girl brush her teeth so much!"
(The boys that come to Sarah will have no such protection, however!  Something I will remind her of in the future, I'm sure!)

Today I had to laugh when she jumped right into mommy status as we were watching word world.  I have a perfect "nerdy mom" jig that I do to one of the main songs on this movie, something that annoys Sarah to death.  When we flipped it on this afternoon, I jumped right into the song, and Sarah turned to me and said, "You need to stop.  I'm going to turn it off if you don't stop right now!"   Oh, the horror - no Word World!! 
... so I couldn't resist, I just kept right on going to see how long it would take her to realize that she is the one who would suffer more from her sense of 'disciplining' me...
... she got almost to the TV, and then turned to give me a few more warnings.  I had to laugh over this one.  She is definitely 6 going on 26!

... and yes, mom, this is where you see the "one day you're going to have a daughter just like you" come full circle.  Feel free to give that little 'ahh yes' smile, because it has happened :).

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Public Service Announcement...

... No, it's not to vote, although it does have to do with voting...

So I was reading an article on how we should bring our kids with us to vote so that they can learn how important it is and we can model 'good citizen' behavior, etc. etc, and I thought, "well, that sounds like a good idea."  
... my friends, I'm here to tell you, bringing your kids - (especially if they are prone to repeatedly make very loud comments like, "We are voting for John McCain, because he is nice to doctors!" in the middle of a VERY crowded auditorium of mostly Obama-ites)  is NOT,  I repeat, is NOT a very good idea... also especially if the line is extremely long... and there are only 4 voting booths (on a presidential election day, are you KIDDING me, only 4 booths??!)...  and your 15 month old decides at the very end, when you have made it through the long, harrowing lines, that he doesn't care about privacy, and he wants to 'make friends' with the people on both sides of the voting booths by using every muscle in his squirmy body to pull the dividers down (and almost succeeds...), No, bringing your kids is NOT a very good idea.  Please, Keep them home.  If you live by me, CALL ME, I will babysit.  I will come with you and stay outside with your children.  

.... and this is the end of the public service announcement.  You may now return to your regularly schedules lives (just as soon as you go vote... for John McCain... without the kids :)  ).

Sunday, November 2, 2008

I'm a Believer...

... Off and on through the years I have heard people say of younger...umm... 'more spirited' children, "Man, if this one had been born first, he/she would have been an only child"...

... and I would think to myself, "c'mon, no one child could really make you rethink having more children"...

....Until our latest entry into the Brewer Bunch...

... we have had bumps/crashes/screeches/climbs/falls/on multiple occasions.  I have replaced things from glasses to clothes, to yes, even our digital camera courtesy of our lovable 'more spirited' child.  

... but it wasn't until this morning, when I finished Sarah's hair and had just congratulated myself on the fact that we were all ready to walk out the door in plenty of time for church, and I wouldn't have to be running in with Joshy barefoot with me holding his socks and shoes...

... and rounded the bathroom corner to behold this...
Yes, that is milk left over from some cereal.  Yes, it really is all over Joshy... and the table... and the chairs... and the floor.  And Yes... it is about 8 minutes before church is starting...

... and YES, there is a reason why he came with this ultra cute-how-can-you-stay-mad-at-me-smile!!!!!  It is what has kept him alive for the past 15 months!

He got the worlds fastest tubby, new church outfit, and yes... I was running in with him barefoot and me carrying his socks and shoes.

... And I am a believer.  There is a reason why he came 4th, and not 1st.  He really would have been an only child :).

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Halloween... Fun to have. Better to have over :)

    Our kids are usually raising the roosters out of bed each morning, and have so eagerly been counting down the days until Halloween, I thought for sure they would be out of bed at 12:01, ready to get their trick-or-treat strategy worked out.
    Instead, we had a sick little Ben all day.  We had a well child visit already set up, so just revamped it to a not-so-well child visit.  The Dr. didn't find much wrong other than a fever, but we decided to swab him for strep, mainly because there was little else we could do... 

... At the same visit Josh got 3 shots (note to self, DO NOT do shots on Halloween afternoon if you want a happy toddler on Halloween night...)  

    I was all prepared to stay home with the not-so-happy children while the rest braved the spooky streets for the traditional loot, but when Ben saw everyone else gearing up, he feebly got his costume and, with all the energy his germ-infested body could muster, mumbled a plea for me to help him into his costume.  

We got everyone costumed up (I am absolutely convinced there is a HUGE  reward somewhere in the Heavens awaiting mothers everywhere who have valiantly braved the yearly costume hunting,  designing,  and dressing for the majority of their motherly lives :)  ).

Our cast went like this (can I just say I am a wee bit sad that the kids are old enough now that I can't form them into a cute little theme - we have has some fun ones in their younger years!)...

Seth:  Power Ranger  (even though he 'really' wanted to be a clone, which he decided AFTER I got the power ranger costume.  It is a good thing Halloween will come again next year!)

Sarah:  Rapunzel (which she had wanted to be last year, until I talked her into being a witch after I learned how to make the cutest witch skirt.  She acquiesced last year, saying she would be Rapunzel next year.  I honestly thought she would forget and move on to whatever craze hit this year, but she held true and didn't waver one bit when costume design time came around.  I've got to give it to her, she had determination to stick with her plan!)

Benjamin:  Mr. Incredible... pretty much because that was the cheapest costume in his size, and he didn't really have any strong opinions on the whole costume thing, as long as it semi looked like Seth's (his hero!)

Joshua:  Mr. Alligator - only because he has absolutely no opinion in the matter, and we already had that costume ready to go (from a previous 'themed Halloween a few years back...)

We did the annual trek with the Jacksons, and met up with the Childs around out little block area, so we had quite the kid crew descending on each house!   (Reeds, you were missed!  Come back quickly!)

Ben sat in the stroller, and Jerry or I would carry him up to the door of each house.  We tried to keep him quarantined as much as possible, but I will give an advanced sorry it we ended up inoculating the entire neighborhood!

I new he was feeling pretty bad when it wasn't even worth the candy to him anymore and he just wanted to stay in the stroller, poor guy!   We opted to come home a little early for him, and while the other kids dug into their loot, Ben and mom promptly fell asleep on the couch, missing all of the post trick-or-treating treasure hunting through the bags. 

A couple more random pictures from the night:

Pictures at the neighbors.  Kathleen - I still love Tommy's 'airline pilot' attire - that was classic!

Sarah and Jocelyn by one of the GINORMOUS pumpkins in a neighbors lawn.  Jocee - your Tinkerbell costume was to die for!!!  So cute!

Post note:  so I called the automated 'strep test' center this morning, and sure enough, the test we did yesterday 'just because' turned out to be positive.  Yep, mother of the year award right here for taking her strep child out trick-or-treating on Halloween... can you say:  guilt??!