Friday, May 15, 2009

Bathcloths and Dishcloths

I have a bunch of dishcloths for sale. They are 2 for $5, or 3 for $7. Buy four or more for only $2 each. Plus shipping. Let me know what you want and I will give you a total then send you to Paypal ( to pay. Or you can send me a money order.
These crocheted cloths are very durable and are great for use in the kitchen or the bathroom. Much better and longer lasting than regular washcloths and dishcloths. For the bathroom, the cloths I make are a solid color. They all make great gifts for weddings, showers, birthdays, etc. Put them in a gift bag with soaps or kitchen items. I just gave some to my cousin for her wedding shower as part of combined gift with dishtowels and Tupperware. (For Tupperware, contact

Tuesday, May 5, 2009


This is my first giveaway. Will there be more? That remains to be seen. I have taken up a new hobby - crocheting dish/washcloths. Many of them are for gifts, but I have lots that I want to sell. So first, the giveaway: I'm sending you to my awesome friend's blog - Please go there, look at the cloths and browse her blog, she is amazing! Follow her instructions for entering the giveaway and at the end of the week, she will pick a winner. The winner will let me know which three wash/dishcloths you want and I will mail them to you.
For those of you who do not win, you can purchase the cloths from me directly if you would like. They are 2 for $5, 3 for $6 or 4 for $8. Plus shipping. I have more colors than those pictured and will add more pictures soon. Let me know what you want and I will give you a total then send you to Paypal ( to pay. Or you can send me a money order.
These crocheted cloths are very durable and are great for use in the kitchen or the bathroom. Much better and longer lasting than regular washcloths and dishcloths.
Good luck!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Test-drive winner!

This was an exciting week for me. I entered a contest to win a week-long test drive in a brand new Ford Flex. At the end of the Studio 5 show on Wednesday, I heard about the contest and entered once on the very last day. The next day I received a call from one of the producers of the show. It was a complete shock. On Friday, Garr and Alison and I drove to Salt Lake and I made a quick appearance on Studio 5 where I was announced the winner! I get to drive the car around for a week and enjoy all the amenities of a brand new SUV with leather seats - nice! Since Garr had an overnight trip with the kids already planned, he took the Ford. I am so glad we had it! He was going to take his little sedan, but the kids have much more room in the bigger car. Actually, they call it a crossover, not an SUV.

On Tuesday they came to film me and the kids getting into the car and driving around. It's a fun experience. We've taken a bunch of pictures and the photos and filming will be on Studio 5 this Friday.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Alison and Peter news

It's been a couple of busy weeks for us. We all managed to be feeling well enough to pull off Alison's baptism. Alison was so happy. She loved being in water, if only briefly and I loved being able to watch from the font steps and now worry about Michael because Jacob was taking care of him for me. What would I do without my big boys?! When Alison came out of the water, I helped her change her clothes. She was so happy and I was, too. It was the first time I was able to help my newly baptized child change clothes - Garr got to help the boys, of course! It was beautiful and we had over 40 family members join us and there were 12 men in the circle for her confirmation. Wow. Afterwards we had our entire group over for something to eat and it was great to visit. Garr and I are so grateful for our families.

In other news, Peter and his friend have been busily working on their project for the science fair. They timed marbles going along the track you see pictured. They used different sized marbles, but also wanted to know if cold or hot marbles would travel faster. They had a great time and they won a trophy and are going on to the district competition! Very cool.

I'm still working on changing the name for my blog and getting my header to look nice. As of sometime in June, I won't be able to call it Three sons and a daughter anymore because I'll have two girls!! So bear with me for awhile and I hope to be having it look better soon.

Monday, March 23, 2009

This and that

We are recovering from our illnesses. Jacob has managed to remain completely healthy - knock on wood. Alison is doing much better and just needs to get over her cough. I'm happiest about Michael though because the poor baby was so sick was such an awful fever. But it's nice to be on the way back to good health.
While we were sick, Garr and I asked the boys to pitch in and help out when they see something that needs to be done - even when we don't ask. Yesterday Jacob started dusting the blinds, another day he sorted the laundry and did dishes. This morning, while I was still in bed, Peter unloaded then loaded the dishwasher. They both also made dinner by themselves one night. So I am proud of my boys for being so helpful.

I am cleaning my desk today. It's something that needs to be kept up every few days because it is a catch-all area in the house, but I have neglected it. I found a newspaper insert about health and started going through it. One of the articles was about chocolate and of course I stopped to read it! I already knew this, but it said that if you are going to eat chocolate, eat dark. Sorry, but I have better things to do with my time than to eat dark chocolate!!!

I am 27 weeks into my pregnancy now and things are going well. The baby is doing great. I am so glad that she doesn't get sick when I am sick. I went to my OB while I was sick and feeling horrible with my cold, but the baby's heartbeat is strong and she is a good little kicker, so I am pleased. It seems like I wear the same clothes every other day, but I don't really care at this point. With other pregnancies I got so sick of wearing the same clothes over and over again. But this time I want to save my money to buy new clothes when I get back into shape. I am looking forward to my hard core workouts again. At least I didn't gain any weight this last month.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Moms Don't Get Sick Days

It doesn't happen to me very often, but I am sick! I usually only get sick when I am pregnant and so there you go! When I am not pregnant I am a die hard exerciser and I eat pretty healthy. I love salads, fruit, poultry and fish. I never eat red meat. I've never liked it and the thought of eating it makes me sick, so I go for Boca or veggie burgers, ground turkey, and I don't even like steak so that's not a big deal.

The hard thing about being sick is that I am the mom and I am not supposed to get sick. Dads can get sick because they get sick days at work or in Garr's case, he just works around it with his business, but moms don't get sick days. There are still dirty dishes to wash, laundry to clean, fold and put away, shopping and of course the kids don't go away so they still need to be cared for. Then when Mom, Dad and 2 kids are sick, the fun just never ends! Garr and Mike are getting better. Mike is on antibiotics for an ear infection and he is feeling much better but it has taken a week.

Now Alison is sick. She has a fever and I took her to the doctor today. I wouldn't have jumped the gun and taken her in so soon (she started feeling sick yesterday) but she told me her ear was hurting so to me that's an automatic ear infection - might as well get the antibiotics going on her, too. But the doctor said her ears were just fine. He asked her where her ear hurt (good idea, Mom) and she touched her earlobe. She has sensitive ears and doesn't wear earrings very often but of course I didn't think to ask her where her ear hurt. Oh well, so I'll probably end up taking her back to the doctor on Monday if her fever keeps up and then he will tell me that she now has an ear infection. Or maybe she just has what Garr and I have and in a couple of weeks she'll be over it. I'm hoping she feels better sooner than that, though because her baptism is planned for next Saturday and you can't baptize a kid with a fever of 103ยบ!

Even though I am feeling a little better, I still need my rest so I'm off to bed to dream about breathing freely and sleeping through the night without coughing!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Daylight Saving Time

I have come up with a solution to Daylight Saving Time that I think everyone would be happy with! Some people like it, they can enjoy more daylight in the evening and they are probably the kind of people who like to sleep in anyway! Others hate it (like me!) because all it does is throw off their schedule for a few days twice a year and it is especially annoying to help kids adjust to the time change. Arizona and Hawaii don't even observe DST, but maybe we could get them to agree to this solution.
So here is what I propose: set the clocks ahead in the Spring 30 minutes and then just leave it alone! That way, you add just a little bit more daylight in the evening and then in the Fall, the time change from the Spring before will not seem like such a big deal.

So we changed our clocks yesterday and when I got up this morning it was dark. It was really hard to get up since I was used to it being a little bit light when I woke up. The kids drug themselves out of bed and Alison's eyes are bloodshot. It's not that they went to bed really late, it was basically their regular bedtime, but something about the time change just messes with your body and it takes time to feel back to normal. I'm putting more information about DST on my JoBloom blog, if you are interested!