Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Today was the greatest day so far of the holiday season, everything is done. Well...I still need to wrap but after wrapping for my parents for I don't know how many years, I am a master. The only things I have left to do is treats for FHE (which after the week from down under, should be a breeze) and caroling with the family on Monday night. Aaah. There is peace on earth. At least at our house.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
I've learned the hard way that off-site storage and a removable hard drive is the best way to go. Guess what I get for Christmas!! The good to come from all this is that I am now operating Windows 7 (love it) and my computer is light speed compared to what I used to have. I will be very diligent about backup from now on!
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Yes I said it. Like that surprises anybody. "Wow, Todd likes food!!!!" I grew up loving Egg Sandwiches. What a nice breakfast to start your day with. Then a couple of years ago Ally decided to make me some for breakfast. What did I find out?? She makes them differently than I do....and much, much better!!! Maybe it's just that they are made with LOVE now, who knows, but I very rarely make my own anymore, I ask Ally to make them.
9......What a Looker!!!
One thing that Ally always does right is prepare herself for the day. Whether it be clothes or make-up, she always knows how to look good. She is constantly getting on me or the boys with "You're not going to wear that are you!!" but she always co-ordinates her clothes right and does her make up right and always looks great. We are in the 13th year of our marriage and every single day she is more beautiful to me.
8......Always looks to improve herself.
This is probably part of the reason why she is currently having this feeling. Always the perfectionist. I have always been impressed and inspired by my wifes work ethic. Whether it be at the jobs she has had, her church callings or just life in itself, she always wants to do her best. Every job she has had, she never fails to quickly move up the ranks. Every church calling she constantly strives to do her best and truly magnify her calling. I look up to her so much, she is truly an example to me.
7......Brown Chicken, Brown Cow!!!!!
6......Takes a stand.
For any of you that have crossed ways with my wife, you know she will always stand her ground with her opinions, and she has no problem letting you know what those opinions are!! We can just use her last blog entry as an example. Her family always teases that "Ally knows it all", okay, I usually join in on the teasing, but the fact is, she does know quite a bit. She is definitely the smarter of the two of us and her opinions are always well grounded and more often than not.....correct. I love to watch her assert herself and stand for what she believes in.
5......Five beautiful children
If there is anything in this world that you can definitely say that Ally has done right, it's the five beautiful faces that I see each day. They all definitely look like Ally and her family. She does such a good job with raising and teaching them. I mean c'mon, it's not like I do a lot. Really, I don't. In 3 1/2 more hours, I will have worked 76 hrs in the last 5 days. Normal jobs do 40 hrs in that time and I've almost doubled it. If you add in sleep time, that means I'm not around much at home. She has made our kids very loving and caring, smart and resourceful. She is an awesome mother.
4......All I have to say is MUSIC
I guess this goes along with "Ally knows it all!!", but really, don't challenge her. Ally loves to play this game while listening to the radio. "Todd, who sings this song?", really, I never know!!! Nor do I really care, but still, she knows it all!!! I swear one of these days I'm going to sign her up for the "Singing Bee" or something like that. Almost any song we hear, she knows who sings it and she's usually pretty close to the year it came out. "Todd, who sings this?", "Todd, what movie is this song in?" Don't try her, she knows!!! and I love that about her.
Yes, I went back to food. Are you really that surprised??? I tease Ally quite often about some of the things she cooks and how she always likes to experiment, but she really is a good cook. She has found some recipes that are so good. The things that she does well, she really does well. I still think I'm the better cook though!!
2......She's a great friend
All of you know this better than I do. She is loyal to the end and will truly do anything for a friend. She is the only one I know of that can sit and talk to her best friend for 3 hrs in church and then go home and talk for another 2 hrs on the phone, with the same person. It doesn't matter how close or how far away the friend is, Ally will always be there for them. She has a way of making you feel good and special. She is truly a great friend.
1......The Number One thing Ally has done right??? ME
13 years ago I was going nowhere fast. I had no direction in my life. Then Ally invited me to go to Germany with her to pick up Quinn. My life has never been the same. Standing on the Eiffel Tower and telling Ally that I thought that I loved her was the best thing I've ever done in my life. She inspires me to be better. She makes me want to improve myself, so that I can be as good a husband for her as she is a wife to me. I'm proud of who I am today and I owe all of that to her. I have a good job, I have a beautiful family and I owe all that I have to her. She is truly the love of my life and I will forever be grateful to her.
So, those are just a few of the many things that I know Ally has done right and continues to do right. I'm sure each of you have your own ideas of something that she has done right in your life. Please let her know. Sometimes you need the encouragement from your friends!!!!
Friday, September 4, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
10......The number of days in a row that Riley asked if we were going to get the baby out today!!
9........The number of minutes I think it actually took us to push to get the baby out.
8........The number of different names Ally called me during those 9 minutes!!
7........The number of people now in our family!
6........lbs 15 ounces......that's right, nice and small makes an easier delivery.
5........The ungodly hour we were supposed to be at the hospital.
4........The number of veins that the nurses blew out before we finally got an IV in.
3........The number of toes on his left foot.......................................................just kidding.
2........The number of hours of sleep Ally got the night before.
1.........The number of times in the middle of pushing that Ally exclaimed "I NEED A COKE!!!"
That's my little caffeine addict!! Here's your medicine, you just go to sleep now.......
Anyway, thank you all for caring and sharing in our lives. We miss you and hope to talk to you all soon. We will post some pictures of the new one in the next couple of days or so.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
My energy level is noticeably reduced especially during the really hot days and so I feel like I am running at 1/4 speed. It really is making me nuts. The Dr. is concerned about the Diabetes and my history of early deliveries and so I am forced to have a non-stress test at the hospital and ultrasounds at the office once a week from now until I deliver. The one benefit to this is that I get at least 30 minutes of uninterrupted Ally time at the hospital each week.
Robbies' baseball season ended about a week ago, but since then both Preston and Riley have started theirs. Prestons' season is actually over at the end of June and Rileys' games start on Tuesday. Softball with 5 and 6 year old girls is amusing...to say the least. Let's just hope they can stay on the field long enough to complete an inning.
I will try and post some fun (and interesting) things in the coming weeks, including softball and more baseball pics. I hope everyone is having a fun and interesting summer!!
Friday, May 8, 2009
Todd had to work on my birthday so I went to hang out with mom. He called and told me to get home right away, he had a suprise. I figured he gotten the rest of the afternoon off and I was really excited to see him (yeah right, I wanted him to take care of the kids so I could nap!!) but when I got home he wasn't there, but there was a giant box on the porch from UPS. I went inside and opened it up...what was there??? A Cricut Expression. This is like the Holy Grail of Cricut machines and I just about peed my pants. Even better...there were 4 cartridges in it, the markers (color and black) and various other tools. I know I sound like a geek, but I think I was screaming while I was talking to him on the phone.
I can't wait to get started with my vinyl cutting, but I haven't really have a chance to play with it. I promise Quinn, when I get some stuff done, I will take pictures and post. I think I have the best hubby ever!! Anyway, if you don't see a post from me in awhile it is because I am playing with my new toy!!
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
When we got to Mobius, the kids all lined up so they could give them a really quick briefing about the museum rules and being respectful. It was very hard for them to listen because they were so excited about what they were going to do. Riley is an old pro...we have a membership so it's not new, but there were lots of kids who had never been there and were chomping at the bit to get to the exhibits. I don't blame them, it's hours of entertainment and they were having a hard time deciding where to go first.
Monday, March 9, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
With that said, we are very excited to be in our new ward. We are looking forward to meeting new people and serving with them. For the time being we are calling-less, but we expect that to change as the ward settles in. We are also excited that we will still be able to see some of our friends at school activities and stake activities. Change is good, although for some can be extremely scary, but we're trying to go in with no preconceived notions of what to expect. It will be odd to attend church at the Stake Center, I've gone to the Evergreen Building the whole time I've lived in Spokane (including my childhood) but hey, a building is a building right? So, the suspense is over and it is not the "End of the World", and we still feel fine.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Monday, January 5, 2009
Sunday, January 4, 2009
That's great it starts with Earthquakes, birds, snakes and airplanes,
Lenny Bruce is not afraid....
Fred Durst royally screwed it up trying to sing it during MTV's Y2K celebration at Times Square. The chorus goes something like this...
It's the end of the world as we know it,
It's the end of the world as we know it,
It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel FINE!!
Before you decide that I have completely lost it, think about the amount of change that occurs everyday. To many of us, it may seem like the end of the world, but although often hard to stomach, it's just change. It happens all the time and you can't really escape it. The Stake Presidency just announced that they are adding a new ward and many of the old ones will be re-arranged. For us, no big deal... the church is true no matter what ward I am in. For others, it is a crisis of Biblical proportions. It will be interesting when it all comes down next week. If I truly got in to astrology and my horoscope, I would be losing my mind. I am a Taurus. I am a bull, very stubborn and resistant to change. Maybe I grew up. I don't feel like I am so resistant. Change is exciting and makes life fun. It breaks up the routine. All I can say is long live R.E.M. and great 80's music, because I feel FINE!!!