30 January 2009
Posted by Jenni Call at 3:10 PM
29 January 2009
Today was fun. We had a day off from the gym so what did we do...our next favorite thing...go to the laundromat. Once a week ended up taking too long and too many loads. Between loads we went out for lunch with half the ladies from Relief Society at Oya Grill. About 4 ladies celebrated birthdays this week so we all went out to celebrate. Oya made me really miss good Mexican food. My entree was ok, but no Cafe Rio. Amelia spilled water everywhere and commanded the salt shaker. She is so funny, the lady sitting next to her heard all about how much Amelia loved the rice. She patted her cheek to get the lady's attention!
Alison came over after school was over to pick up two cute shirts for her little girl, Ella. Ella is about a week younger than Amelia. It was fun to have her over even for a second. Amelia woke up while Alison was over. She acted all shy but hyped up on goof balls at the same time. She managed to get her hat on and one coat sleeve on by herself. I guess Amelia thought she was going somewhere. After Alison left we pulled out the stroller and walked to the Salvation Army just a block away. It was so cold and the roads were totally slushy, not the best stroller weather. At the SA we found an inflatable booster seat for $3.50 (like the one Miekka has), brand new shoes for Amelia for a $1, and the coolest HORSIE ever pricing in at $3. Amelia rocked on the horsie for 10 minutes. It was light enough that I ended up buying it and carrying it home with the stroller in one hand the horse toy in the other. Amelia was SO hilarious with the horsie.
While I was cleaning up dinner she ran into her room and grabbed Mimi. Then she put Mimi on the horsie. I heard her telling Mimi, "No, no Mimi, bad mimi." She carried Mimi over to the time out wall and plopped Mimi down, then sat in front of Mimi. I continued to hear "no, no Mimi, Mia's horsie." After the requisite 1 minute in time out she gave Mimi a hug then mounted horsie by herself. I about died laughing. Justin was on the phone with me at the time so he heard most of it blow by blow. What a funny little critter.
VIDEO:Click here for video with the horsie, playing "head, shoulders, knees, and toes", and saying elevator.
Posted by Jenni Call at 9:00 PM
28 January 2009
WaHoo!!! I am doing the vacuum dance right now!! I had J-dawg email the lady at work in charge of the "new people" about getting another chair and a vacuum. She delivered the two items today PLUS a mop for the kitchen floor. I am so excited. The chair is bar level so is way too tall for the table, thus the new chair is now Amelia's. We can eat meals as a family. I filled up half the vacuum chamber vacuuming the living room floor. Yikes...it was mostly due to me and my crafting remnants. Amelia helped by crumbling cookies, cereal, and crackers all over. My heart feels bigger having one small prayer answered. Thanks to Justin for actually emailing the lady and props to the lady for delivering.
Posted by Jenni Call at 5:03 PM
We have Internet issues. Yesterday the Internet was down all day long. I made 6 new shirts to sell and made a trip to Walmart. We had lunch with Daddy at McDonald's mostly to get out of the house. It was sunny yesterday and a balmy 7 degrees outside. Justin said his hands were almost frostbitten in the morning trying to scrape out his car, the weather station reported it was -12 degrees that morning. We stopped by Cabela's to purchase some gloves for me since they were packed with just about everything else we own. It felt nice not to have icy fingers!!
Tuesday evening our ward hosted a baby shower for two ladies who will have babies in the next month. There was a delectable spread of food, I resisted and munched on my apple instead. Amelia did not follow my train of thought and instead ate some "birthday cake," which is any cake looking dessert. She recruited one of the girls to play ring-around-the-rosies with her for a full 20 minutes. Then she decided to dish out hugs to me, the girl she played with, and an unsuspecting and ungrateful toddler. As Amelia hugged the toddler, the toddler had the most delightful horror-struck face. She skedaddled as soon as Amelia released her. Everyone loved my cute little infant shirts, an apple and a cherry shirt for the little newcomers.
This morning Amelia and I tried going to the gym at 9:30 am. This arrangement worked a little better. Amelia was not thrilled at all to go to hourly daycare, but she went anyways. Maybe we need to build a little character in that little girl. Naw, she has more than enough character!!! After my workout we played in the gym with balls and hoops for an hour, mostly to make up for my conscience. Jeff called while we were playing. It was awesome to hear his voice! He should be stateside soon.
Posted by Jenni Call at 2:21 PM
Sunday afternoon Amelia tried to put her pants on all by herself! She succeeded in getting both legs through a leg hole!! Goodness she is growing up so fast. We snuggled in after church on Sunday to watch the snow come down. It continued to snow all Monday also. The snow was thick enough that school was cancelled. Justin was disappointed work was not also cancelled.
I tried getting up at 6:20 on Monday morning to workout. I know that is not early at all but it was too much for me at this time. The rest of the day I felt so horrible, it must have been an exercise-induced migraine. Weird huh?? I need to figure out the best time to go. Amelia and worked on laundry mid-morning. The snow was really thick when we finally finished. I could almost imagine the mountains hugging us since the visibility was only about 10-15 feet. LOL. I am a bit homesick and really wanting my stuff back. This week I discovered we don't have a stinkin' mop. I was on my hands and knees scrubbing the floor with a sponge.
Posted by Jenni Call at 2:14 PM
25 January 2009
After church today Amelia decided the snow on the car bumper was pretty yummy! She licked most of it off the bumper! Good thing she looks like a cute elf.
Posted by Jenni Call at 4:56 PM
24 January 2009
I am really trying to turn on some creative juices here in Sidney. Last summer I bought about 40 shirts at Walmart for $1 per shirt. Now I have the time to make the shirts into cute little appliqued numbers to sell at the next craft fair. At the laundromat, the owner said there is a fun craft fair at Oktober fest each year. That time frame did not make me want to rush home and work on the shirts. Thanks to Trissha, she let me borrow a table and chair so I could sew the shirts up better than on the floor. I had no excuse...so I whipped up 8 cutie pie shirts on Thursday and Friday. Good thing because the warmish weather is now about 15 degrees and the sunshine changed into snow flurries. Amelia helped me pick out fabric and use my scissors on her toys.
Yesterday I was feeling pretty yucky so what did I do? I got a gym membership. That took me a couple hours since part of the process included getting a signature through Cabela's HR. Amelia showed off her cutie cutes to Justin's co-workers. She perked up if they offered her candy. I was able to meet Stan and some of the the other people J-Dog works with. He even decorated his office with various pictures he's collected over the years. My bridal picture is right by his phone so when he calls me I am staring at him with doey eyes! LOL. I love it. By the time we returned to the gym, paid, and put Amelia in hourly daycare I was so tired. The thought of doing the lazy dog on the gym floor sounded awfully tempting. Amelia went straight to daycare because the ladies were serving lunch of mac n'cheese and broccoli...her favorites. They said once she finished eating and realized I was gone she raced around like a trapped monkey looking for an escape hole. I did pull myself together and exercised on the elliptical machine for 45 minutes.
This morning we contacted a realtor who took us around to see 4 homes. We saw a newly built condo, a 1940's home that smelled like bleach and mold, another 1940's custom built home with awesome wood work, and a 5 year old home that was bigger than it looked. I can't wait until we can really make a decision WHEN our home in Utah sells. The carpets should be getting a nice cleaning today, thanks to Charity! We miss our Utah crowd so much. Guess all the cold weather is making me miss you all.
Posted by Jenni Call at 2:39 PM
22 January 2009
We had a really lazy morning. Justin woke up several times during the night with food poisoning. Poor guy was puking his guts out this morning! Makes me nauseous just thinking about it. I am glad he listened and went back to bed for a couple hours. Amelia and I watched PBS kids for an hour or more (yikes) to reduce making too much noise. I pulled Justin out of bed at 10 am and he went to work. Amelia and I enjoyed the sunny, windy, and sort of warmish day at the park for an hour. Amelia loves the horsie merry-go-round. She also climbed a really, really high curvy slide and went down all by herself. Like an anxious Mom I was right behind her when she climbed the stairs up to the slide. It was a bit scary for me to watch her!! She cried all the way home because playing at the park was so fun. Poor thing was so tuckered out she almost fell asleep in her macaroni and cheese. I love sunny days with bright blue skies.
Posted by Jenni Call at 2:22 PM
Amelia recently started to refuse drinking out of a sippy cup. She prefers a big girl cup! She is growing up so fast.
Posted by Jenni Call at 2:02 PM
Posted by Jenni Call at 1:53 PM
Posted by Jenni Call at 1:51 PM
20 January 2009
Friday night we drove to Rock Springs, WY, only a 3 hour drive away. We ended up arriving there around 10 pm so that worked out well. All my houseplants died in the car due to extreme temperatures. I am very sad...at least the containers survived. Amelia very clearly said "elelator" on our way up to the hotel room. She was ecstatic to be free of the car. Thanks to Elmo, Curious George, and a portable DVD player the drive was not so bad. She watched a movie and I listened to Brisinger by Chris Paolini. We were on the road the next morning by 9 am. The drive was much better in the daytime. Wyoming landscape is so diverse! The wind kept a steady stiff pace most of the way. We only stopped three times between 9 am and 4 pm. Pretty good time with an energetic toddler. Once in Cheyenne the wind picked up to speeds of 25 MPH plus. Good thing the wind was with us, made the gas mileage jump up.
Justin led the way to our little temporary home in Sidney on 1015 8th street. It feels quite large after living in a townhome with three levels. The home is only one level but bigger than the main floor of our SLC home. Without all our belongings to crowd out the house it is roomy. Amelia ran from the garage to the house yelling, "house! Isa House!" A lady from our new ward come over around 6 pm with a crib for Amelia we could borrow. Her room was completely empty, now it at least has a bed. We did not have much to unpack so everything was tucked away by dinner time. I made an emergency run Walmart for a couple things before Sunday.
Sunday Justin met a guy he knew back from his days of living in 29 Palms. When you mix the military (esp the Marines) and the church the world becomes very small. There is also a descendant of Anson Call in our ward! Our new ward is small. The ward was created in July 08! Still there is a wide range of ages and families attending the ward. Most of the families with young children are consequently employed by Cabela's. The meeting was pretty exciting because the RS presidency was rearranged. The old RS is now the nursery leader. Phew, missed that change by a hair!! There are 6 nursery aged kids, most are nearer to age 3. One little girl, Bella is about a week younger than Amelia. I learned she lives a street over and a block down from us! During RS I thought someone was dancing the tango on the roof. Turns out it was actually the wind and a tree entertaining us.
Posted by Jenni Call at 9:16 AM
12 January 2009
Here is the link to my new photography blog. I transferred all of the photography related stuff to my new blog. Hopefully, this one will load faster and not be prone to as many error loadings. My new blog is not password protected, so spread the word around.
Posted by Jenni Call at 10:43 PM
Amelia and I drove over to watch a movie and eat pizza with Miekka and the boys. Amelia was sort of tired so we left earlier than planned. Saturday went by fast. De-bo came over for a minute to play with Amelia. My neighbors, Lucky & Brittany, invited us over for dinner at 5:30. Lucky is a superb meat roaster! He whipped up steak and two kinds of chicken for dinner. Amelia was fond of the broccoli and rice with a side of Reese's peanut butter cups. Lucky and Brittany came over to my house after dinner to see some of the pictures I took in Jordan. He is a sport's photographer so really likes to look at pictures. I will miss Lucky and Brit. They are good neighbors!
Sunday we made it to church on time (no emergency outfit measures were needed). Amelia went to nursery by herself, but cried most of the time. She was very ornery the rest of the day. One day I hope she will enjoy nursery. It would help immensely once she goes to the same room, teacher, kids, etc. Each week is different in my ward here in Utah. It seemed a quarter of the ward was released and received new callings. Our boundaries were changed three weeks ago and part of our ward is now moved. James and Miekka invited us over for a baked potato bar dinner. After dinner we watched Extreme Home "Make-Out." It used to be a good show but now is mostly commercials and promos of some sort. The best part of the show is the last 10 minutes.
Posted by Jenni Call at 10:40 PM
I learned this weekend my phone is NOT waterproof! Friday afternoon I threw a load of laundry into the washer. Part of the load were my slippers, I tucked my phone into the slippers when I was upstairs. Once down stairs I developed a sudden urge to wash my slippers instead of wearing them. So they and my phone ended up going through the wash. While my phone was neatly being washed I kept thinking, "where is my phone?" I emailed Justin to call the dang phone so I could locate it. For some odd reason I kept ending up in the laundry room. Once I realized my feet were cold as well the whole phone in slippers connection finally clicked. Wow! It was super hard to be phone-less for even 12 hours. I can imagine how Justin feels without internet at home in Nebraska (no computer) and switching phones. My phone still weakly flickers with life when I replace the battery, but then goes haywire. The worst part is knowing all my contacts saved on that particular phone are lost! So, if I don't call you it's because your number was in my clean phone. At least it smells like downy!!!
Posted by Jenni Call at 3:09 PM
08 January 2009
I was craving Cafe Rio this afternoon; since we will shortly be Cafe Rio-less I indulged my craving. As we stood in line for lunch, the cooks yelled "Extra Meat" or "Extra Cheese" when someone orded extra this or that. Well, Miss Amelia loves cheese! She caught on to the enthusisam after the first yell. There after she merrily, chirped in " ex Cheese!!" with gusto. The workers were so enthralled they gave her quesidilla free. LOL! Awesome.
A family came by to view our home this afternoon. My agent called 10 mintues before they arrived. Much to my embarrassment my house was a disaster area, complete with girly treats all over the bathroom (Amelia thinks tampons are really fun to play with, yuck), dirty laundry, and general clutter. At least my house is not dirty, just clutterly. I need a maid. Yesterday I wanted to clean my fridge but couldn't stand the thought of throwing away leftover food. My cold made me feel sick to my stomach. Hopefully, this weekend more people will come by now that the holidays are over with. I loyally promise to hide the girly treats and make sure the laundry is stuffed away. Wish me luck...........
Posted by Jenni Call at 9:49 PM
07 January 2009
Bold the ones you've done.Then tag others.
1. Started your own blog (Duh!!)
2. Slept under the stars (on my grandma's roof!)
3. Played in a band (does impersonating New Kid's on the Block count?)
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland (many times!)
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 (it was so awful...actually it was Salmonella)
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train (From Germany to Italy)
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill (who hasn't?)
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping (yikes)
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 (French & Creole)
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
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 (I tried but my blood was contaminated)
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 Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Split your pants in public
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone (my skull was cracked when I was six...maybe that's why I'm crazy)
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 someone’s 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 (Heck no, it's yucky...stuck my toe in)
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone (strange question)
99. Been stung by a bee (only like 7 times)
100. Read an entire book in one day (like 300 times)
101. Learned to play an instrument (Piano, flute)
My results: 77/101
What are your results?I tag whoever reads this!
Posted by Jenni Call at 2:41 PM
05 January 2009
Today I accomplished quite a bit. I sorted through three closets, the junk drawer, and packed some kitchen gadgets then took the lot to the storage unit or the DI. Miekka met us at the Murray DI for an hour of deal finds. I ended up with two books, not my best day! Amelia seems to always poo at the DI, no matter the time of day 15 minutes after we arrive she lays a stink bomb. You think I'd be prepared? No, I HATE carrying diapers and wipies in my purse. My car is stocked but not my person. De-bo (or Da-boo in Amelia) came over and helped me scrub the baseboards on the first level. It did make a tremendous difference.
Amelia is growing like a weed. She talks up a constant storm. Her new favorite game is to chase De-bo around the coffee table and pretend to be a horse. She loves it when I sing the William Tell Overture as she neighs and crawls around. Today she even wanted me to feed her some hay!! Her language skills baffle me each day. She has a little cold so was having difficulty breathing so I used the booger snatcher to clear her nose. First, it is NOT easy to suction a toddler's nose. Second, it was even harder when said toddler is screaming, "No, Mommy, no nose, no boogies!" She thinks Justin is living at the church building once he left on Saturday. She wandered the whole building on Sunday calling for Daddy. With her new cute outfit, thanks Miekka for finding the skirt, me new applique and hat, she was so scrumpy yum-yum.
Posted by Jenni Call at 10:09 PM
03 January 2009
Happy New Years...two days late! Justin and I have spent the last four New Year's Eve's asleep! LOL! Guess we are lame that way. We did go over to visit with Charity, Melissa, Mom, and all the kids for a couple hours. Charity spread out a yummy turkey dinner for everyone. We stayed until the late hour of 8:25 then headed home. Amelia was bathed then put to bed. Justin stayed up to watch the Dark Knight, and I read a book. Exciting, eh?! Justin worked most of the day at KPMG. He came home with his soul, having returned the firm's laptop to prove he is no longer their slave!! He is free....at least until the 5th.
On New Year's day we recruited Kenny and Jeff to help us move some furniture and boxes to our newly rented storage unit. Amelia played with Kate and Malisia while we moved stuff. That took only an hour, so we went out to Five Guys for lunch. Catherine and the girls met us there for some yummy burgers and cajun fries. Justin is not a huge burger fan, so when he said that was the best buger he'd had all year I was very happy because I am a buger fan. Too bad we are moving to Sidney! Aunt Jana came over for dinner that evening.
I am not one of those who makes goals at New Years like: lose weight, be a better person, read my scriptures, pray more often, run a marathon, etc. I love to dream so try to live those dreams every day. Goals are part of my daily life, only making goals once a year is a set-up for near failure. What a party pooper I am today!
Last night we went to the Bountiful Temple for a session. Guess what, my recommend expired! Geepers, those two year recommends are awesome but harder to remember when to renew. I think having to get the new recommend messed me up as well. Since we were out and about we headed to Target for longing shopping and then dinner at Su Casa. Snow was pouring from the sky as we headed home. Justin started to pack up his car in the snow. He is halfway to Nebraska by now. It will be hard to talk much since all phone calls are roaming until we get new phones! So begins our new adventure!
We decided to have the movers come this next week (or in 7 business days from Monday) to get us all moved out. It is scary to move without our home under contract but maybe this is our leap of faith. I will stay here until the movers come then will be on our way to Nebraska. In the meantime, Amelia and I will be cleaning, packing, painting, and taking lots of naps. Hopefully, we will get to visit more family and friends before we move now that the holidays are over.
Posted by Jenni Call at 3:06 PM