I'm Andrea, and this is my personal blog. Thanks for being here! I usually post on Fridays and Sundays, when I share something that makes me happy or a spiritual thought for the week. Sometimes I manage to squeeze in another post or two.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

A List and an Unrelated Photo

Yeah, Father's Day was more than a month ago. But I was looking through my photos today, and realized I'd forgotten to post this one--this cake was perfect because both my husband and my dad love to golf. Love. My grandpa taught my dad (his son-in-law), and my dad taught Isaac (his son-in-law). I guess we'd better have a baby girl eventually, so Isaac can have a son-in-law to golf with. Anyway, that has nothing to do with anything. I had a busier day than usual today, and I was going to blog about it...but now I'm kinda tired...after having been so busy and all. So I'm gonna go with a list instead. Y'all can fill in the details yourselves. Today:

  1. Got Little Boy to read three-letter words for the first time. My family keeps asking when we're going to move on to four-letter words (*rolls eyes*).
  2. Brushed the spiderwebs from the deck and front porch. That doesn't sound like a big deal, but trust me--it was. I won't even tell you how many egg sacs I found.
  3. Made popsicles--finally--with some little popsicle molds that I got at WalMart this year. I used pink lemonade. So...they're not any healthier than regular popsicles. A bit cheaper, though.
  4. Unpacked some more of Little Boy's stuff that's been lying around for three weeks. Now he actually has some room to play in there.
  5. Washed, dried, AND put away laundry.
  6. Had goldfish crackers for lunch. No, this is not a habit at our house.
  7. Went to the local berry farm with my mom and sister. Had some of the local berry farm's ice cream. Counted that as part of lunch.
  8. Spent more than an hour picking blueberries from my mom's blueberry bushes and didn't get them all. Those bushes are monsters. Delicious monsters.
  9. Spent a little extra time setting up for preschool tomorrow. Hope it pays off.
Do you ever have a really productive day, and then not have another one for a long time? Yeah, this is probably the most I'll get done in one day for at least another week.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

One of Two Things Will Happen

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When you walk to the edge of all the light you have and take that first step into the darkness of the unknown, you must believe that one of two things will happen:

    There will be something solid for you to stand upon, or, you will be taught how to fly

    ~Patrick Overton

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Strawberries and More Strawberries

Remember last year, when we went to the local strawberry festival? No? Oh. Well, we did. And we had so much fun that we went this year, too! We met up with some friends and some family. Little Boy was brave enough to ride the little train: Look, he has his own personalized barrel! [No, not really.] Little Boy, some friends, and a cousin. Little Boy LOVES taking tours of the farm [on a big wagon pulled by a tractor. Think hay ride, but without the hay]. Well, he loves the tractor, anyway. One of the cousins took a little nap. And we left with some souvenirs. They didn't last very long. Guess we'll have to go back for more next year.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Such Is Possible

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"To be angry is to yield to the influence of Satan. No one can make us angry. It is our choice. If we desire to have a proper spirit with us at all times, we must choose to refrain from becoming angry. I testify that such is possible." 

-Thomas S. Monson

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Sunday, July 11, 2010

And Ye Would Not

"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem... how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!" - Matthew 23:37

Friday, July 9, 2010

Spongesquare Bobpants

Little Boy's favorite TV show, by far, is Spongebob Squarepants. Perhaps you've heard of it? [Ha.]

I kind of like Spongebob. I think he's funny. I know that puts me in the mommy minority--lots of parents don't let their kids watch Spongebob at all. And I kind of understand why--yeah, there's bathroom humor, and the characters insult each other, and Spongebob is annoying. All true. But I like it anyway.

That said, if I ever noticed that Little Boy were acting out more or learning insults, that'd be the end of Spongebob for our family. But, honestly? I've noticed more of that from him after watching Kipper than after watching Spongebob. Every kid is different, I guess. As for being in the mommy minority...when have I ever let that bother me?

Thursday, July 8, 2010

A One and a Two

Two things about our new apartment: 1. We don't have internet there yet. Kind of on purpose. We'll probably get it hooked up sometime next week. 2. It's been a good 15 degrees hotter in western WA than average. That might be okay if air conditioners were standard equipment in Pacific Northwest homes, but...they're not. And a ceiling fan can only do so much. One thing about my mom's house (my parents live up the road from us): 1. They have internet and air conditioning. So Little Boy and I have been spending a lot of time at Grandma's house. Little Boy loves it, of course, because there's more room to run around (and around and around). And more room to jump off of stuff, which is one of his latest hobbies. And also because Grandma lets him have animal crackers whenever he wants.

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