Friday, February 27, 2009

Why do I always do dumb things?

Have you ever volunteered to do something only to find out that there was someone much more qualified than yourself that could have done the job a million times better? In my stake calling we are planning a Relief Society Birthday Party that is coming up in March. We talked about doing a cake and I very desperately wanted to be in charge of it. They ladies were very nice and said I was welcome to the task. The theme is service and the song "Give said the Little Stream" so that cake will go along with that theme. It will be a tiered cake. I've only done two tiered cakes before, one for my own wedding and one for my bosses wedding. (It was his 5th time getting married and he was sick of white cake.)

Well then Sister Edwards in the stake presidency invited me over to her house to see if I wanted to borrow any of her cake stuff. She had a lot of great things and I was even more excited about decorating the cake. Then I went home and looked up her blog and found this picture.
What have I gotten myself into? I'm such a loser. I should not have stuck my big foot in my mouth. I should have let her be in charge of the cake.


I never have anything really good to blog about. Just a few random things here and there. So here we go.

1. At church one Sunday a girl sat by me in Sacrament and was really helpful and played with Kien. I obviously have to sit alone since Bret is up on the stand so I really appreciate when people help me out. She sat by me again in Relief Society. Kien was cranky and ready for a nap so she took him out and rocked him to sleep. It was so cute. The lesson was on the Temple and temple marriage and at the end of the class I made the comment that marrying Bret in the Temple was the best thing I had ever done in my life. After the closing prayer she came up to me to give me Kien. She asked "So you got married in the temple?" I said "Yes." She looked puzzled and thought for a moment. "But you're in a singles ward." I smiled and said "My husband is in the Bishopric." I had to laugh, either she thought that I was single mother who had made a mistake and was trying to get back on the straight and narrow or she thought I was a widow. I wonder how many other people in the ward think this?

2. I took Kien to the pediatrician's yesterday for his 18 month check up. They are concerned that Kien is not talking yet. We went through a list that checks for early signs of autism. Don't worry, I KNOW he is not autistic. He is very smart. When he sees me picking up laundry, he helps and grabs clothes to throw into the bin. He likes to watch me wash dishes and will pull up a chair to the counter to stand on. He had previously pulled out a drawer and tossed a few spatulas onto the floor in front of where his chair goes. He problem solved and picked up the spatulas, put them in the drawer, and closed it. Then pushed his chair over to the appropriate spot. He touches his nose, eyes, ears, mouth when instructed. He gives kisses when asked. He points to the cabinet that has his snacks when he's hungry. He can communicate just fine, he just doesn't want to talk yet. He loves to play with other kids and is great at sharing. He'll feed me his cheerios when I let him. Apparently Bret's brother Dan didn't speak until he was 3! I hope that doesn't run in the family. Here's a picture of the cutie pie trying to look out the window:
3. Bret's bike got stolen. He wants to kill whoever did it.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Valentine's Day

I had a good Valentine's day! First, my old roommate from BYU-Hawaii, Adrian, and her husband, Kashif, came down for a wedding but made a stop to come visit with me! We've had so many good times and it is just fun to be reunited with old friends.Here is a picture of us with our other roommates, Jamie and Jane, back in Hawaii. We always did silly things together like braiding each others hair for a dance.
Then when Bret came home from work we dropped Kien off at a friends house to babysit him. They have a little girl named Sophie that is Kien's age and I watch her too so we just trade off when we need to. Bret's boss (the parent's of Sophie) gave us a $40 gift certificate to Ninja's for Bret's Christmas bonus. We saved it for Valentine's day. It was so much fun! It was Hibachi (which I've never done before) and we had a chef cook right in front of us. He made a volcano of onions with fire coming out of it. He also threw shrimp at us to catch in our mouths. Poor Bret missed twice so I just fed him one of my shrimp. (This is not our actual chef but I didn't get a picture so I just ripped this off the internet. Close enough.)Bret and I realized that this was probably the first time that we've gone out just the two of us since Kien was born! I love my little guy but it was really nice to just be alone with Bret. We held hands and I just felt, I dunno, connected I guess. Now I see why people say that parent's should go out on a date alone once a week. Maybe when we're rich and can afford to go out and have a babysitter. I actually forgot our camera for a date so we had to get a picture with Bret's cell phone so sorry for the image quality.
Afterwards we just went and walked around the new Walgreen's. When I went in it felt like I was back in Maryland on my mission. We always went to CVS and Walgreen stores out there. I don't remember why. Maybe to develop pictures. But I hadn't been in one since then. Then we went to pick up Kien from his date with little Sophie.
It was a good day.