Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Say "Cheese"

James has been really into hugging Beth lately. It is awfully cute. I tried my darndest to catch it on film yesterday and because of my awful camera I didn't really get a good shot of it, but I got some cute ones of the kids anyway...
And in the process I found that James has learned to say "Cheese" for the camera! How funny is that!! I probably won't get very many good smiles any more because every time he sees the camera now all he says is cheese, but its pretty darn cute.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Lately...

So I haven't blogged in forever and I am going into withdrawal, but I don't really know what to blog about... We had all sorts of family adventures lately, but I was a very bad blogger and took no pictures what so ever. Bad Diane! So I guess you will get the boring picture-less version of the story.

For Pioneer Day we went down to Provo and spent the afternoon partying at my sister Doneen's house. She has a big party every year for the 4th of July, but they were out of town this year so it was postponed until the 24th. There were a good 40 people there, lots of food, Barbecue, and its was HOT, but we had a good time. We didn't stay for fireworks cause our kids were tired, but it was fun seeing lots of family and friends.

Friday was another family filled day. We had a family reunion down in Provo again. My mom had been in charge of a reunion for my grandmother's side of the family and it was great fun. We all managed to not die of heat exhaustion. We ate sloppy joes and cookies and ice cream. My sister Doneen was there with her kids, of course, Danielle with her kids, Dion and Summer with their kids, and my brother Daren who lives in New Mexico drove up with 3 of his kids to join the festivities and it was great to see a bunch of my nieces and nephews all in one place. Man are they all good looking kids! We are all in big trouble as parents...sheesh! My dad took a bunch of pictures with his new fancy camera, i'll have to get some of them and show you what I am talking about! It was good to see cousins and Aunts and Uncles and distant relatives too.

In other news, James has finally mastered (or mostly mastered) the skill of the stairs. He has been going up them for ages now, but would not let me teach him to come down. Beth was the same way. She had to teach herself and it made me completely crazy! James finally went down a stair or two a few days ago and decided that was great fun, so yesterday, much to my fear he decided to try going down the whole flight. He won't do it if I am by him, so I just had to sit at the bottom and hope he knew what he was doing. He made it just fine and cheered for himself when he reached the bottom, clapping and saying "I did it!" Its the cutest thing in the world when he does that. He loves to cheer for himself. So now of course all he wants to do is go up and down the stairs. It still makes me terribly nervous, but he is still alive with all bones in tact so I should just relax.

Beth is currently potty training a doll. I read in a book it was a good technique for getting her more ready and motivated to potty train herself, so we've been doing it and man she loves it! That doll pees on the potty so much! We've got the routine down and Beth will do the routine herself after the baby does it, with no success, but its a step in the right direction, hopefully we'll be down to one kid in diapers before too terribly long.

I'm sorta surviving day by day lately. My house seems to be in a constant state of pit no matter what I do, and the kids are keeping my crazy. I've had some issues with not feeling great due to some side effects of my medication, so that makes it hard to do a whole lot. I haven't exercised once since the triathlon. bad, bad, bad! Apparently I have to have a goal to work toward or I am just not motivated at all. You know how it is when you set all these goals for yourself and you do really well for a while acheiving them and you feel really good about yourself, and then for some reason or another you start to slack? That's where I am. I've slacked off on everything and it just hit me the other day that I'm not doing anything I was doing a month or two ago that was making me feel so much better about where I was. Guess its time to get back on the bandwagon. I wonder what it is that pushes me off? I never can seem to figure that out...Sorry, guess i'm feeling sort of pensive and self-critical today.

Anyway, that's our update. I'll get some pictures up soon. :)

Monday, July 21, 2008

New Look

I've been playing around with the look of the blog. I am really no good at this kind of thing, so will you please comment and tell me if the fonts colors are hard to read or anything like that? I was kind of sick of our polka dots and needed a change but now I just can't decide what colors work. Thanks!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Bye Bye Baby

I think my baby has officially become a toddler. I know its been coming for a while. He's huge and he jabbers like crazy these days and runs every where he goes, but there were a few little baby things I was holding onto with the tips of my fingers and I'm losing my grasp. Today James went his first full day without a bottle. Yesterday he only had one at bedtime, and that was only for me I think. Today he made it without one, he asked for one a couple of times, but was easily distracted. I put him down for nap and bed with just a cup and a couple of minutes of rocking and then off on his own. *sigh* I love rocking my babies to sleep. As long as I can do it, I do. I usually end up regretting it because it causes me grief at nap time some days, but I just love it. But he's a big boy now and often goes down with little or no fuss. Good bye my baby. Hello big boy. This is a great stage too, but I just hate saying goodbye to my baby. It was so different with Beth because when she was this age I was just a couple month from giving birth so I had to have her grow up! But I have definitely clung to everything with James. Oh well...we can always have another baby, right? :) I love my big boy James too!

Monday, July 14, 2008

The Aftermath

So I finished the triathlon. That was my goal. I jogged across the finish line on my own legs, didn't have to be dragged or carried. So I achieved my goal. Unfortunately I finished in last place. So that's a little bit of a downer to the self-esteem, but hey. I finished 18th place in the women's swim (out of 94), so that was good!

I didn't sleep well the night before, but the adrenaline was working for me before the race when I was preparing and hanging out with my cool cousins Delos and Misty, Anthony participated too but he always leaves us all in the dust :). The swim went well. I didn't feel at the top of my game, but I passed a few people, survived a couple of good smacks to the head by other swimmers, had to stop for a few seconds to recover from the wave of water I swollowed, but I cut a minute off of my time from last year and finished in 10:34.9. (ignore the bad swimsuit picture)
My transition to the bike was a little slow because I was nervous, tired, and flustered but 4:30 later I was off on the bike ride. There I was, clipping along at a good speed, or so I thought, and then every biker in the race started passing me like I was standing still. I couldn't figure out what was going on. They were flying past me like crazy. People I knew were way behind me in the swim. What was I doing wrong?? Then I realized my problem. My bike. I had made the decision not to ride a road bike because I am not familiar with them and I thought I would be uncomfortable on one, so I brought my own bike, but I did not even think about how heavy my bike is and what a difference that would make. But apparently its a HUGE difference! So I got passed like crazy and it took me 1:06:08.7 to finish the 12.5 mile bike course. I really thought I was going to die the last mile or two. I past a girl going the other way that told me I was almost there so I picked up speed and it turned out I had over 3 miles left, so I totally ran out of energy by the last mile and a half or so. I was actually looking forward to the run so I could get off that infernal bike seat before my butt completely fell off.

Once I finally got back in, I hung up my bike, grabbed a handful of candy to get my sugar back up, traded my helmet for a hat and 1:31 later headed out on the 5k. I knew there would not be much running going on, my knees were aching, but I was okay with that. I sort of sped walked the whole way, with an occasional jog here and there. Most of the way was a really lovely shady path along the river and I just enjoyed the view and the music pumping through my ipod. I jogged across the finish line (46:00.2 for the run) to a total finish time of 2:08:45.6. Highly pathetic. But I finished. I did two solid hours of exercise and it was good for me. I knew all along I would not be winning anything, I was just kind of hoping I wouldn't be last place...oh well. Better luck next time. At least with the pursuit style of the triathlon I wasn't actually the last one to cross the finish line, so it didn't look like I was last place, but I really was, except for those who didn't finish. At least I finished.
(That is me crossing the finish line, I know its hard to see, but I'm there)

Memories

1. As a comment on my blog, leave on memory that you and I had together. It doesn't matter if you knew me a little or a lot, anything you remember!
2. Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you. It's actually pretty funny to see the different responses.
3. If you leave a memory about me, I'll assume you're playing the game and I'll come to your blog and leave one about you. If you don't want to play on your blog, or if you don't have a blog, I'll leave my memory of you in my comments.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Promised Pictures

Here are the hair pictures I promised.



What do you think? This is my first shot at styling the new hair. Its not quite the same as how the stylist did it, but its cute I think. Its going to take some practice! I'm going to try it curly too, but its SO short curly I just can't figure it out yet. :)

It's a couple days later and I've gotten used to my hair now, and I really like it! Its so different and its just what I needed. Here's a picture of it curly, its not my best curly day today, but its the first time I remember to take a picture, so its what you get, I still think it looks pretty good though.

New hair...

In reference to #27 below, I changed my hair yesterday. I will post pictures as soon as I get some good ones. I forgot to bring my camera to my hair cut so I didn't get a good picture yet, but let's just say, I went for change!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

101 Things

My cousin Emily and my sister Debbie both did this recently, and I've had a few other friends do it too and it looked like fun, so I thought I would give it a try. Let's see if I can even come up with 101 things about myself...

1. I am constantly making lists, but I don't always write them down, which ends up irritating me.
2. I love making my bed, which would probably shock my mother cause it was definitely not always that way.
3. I wish I was organized, but I am really not.
4. I crave people, I have to talk to people on a regular basis or I go nutty.
5. I enjoy talking to perfect strangers. I get it from my parents.
6. I love babies.
7. I want to have more babies.
8. I love being pregnant, even though I get huge and uncomfortable.
9. I desperately want to nurse a baby even though I failed miserably with both of my other kids and it was a horrible experience with both of them.
10. I yell at my kids too much.
11. My kids watch too much TV.
12. I watch too much TV.
13. I love to watch movies and TV.
14. I like to read, but I can't put a book down once I start so my family gets neglected.
15. I love candy.
16. I love eating out at restaurants.
17. I don't like taking my kids to restaurants.
18. I'm pretty lazy.
19. I like to swim.
20. I love hot showers.
21. I really like coming to peoples rescue.
22. I love attention.
23. I would love to be a wedding or event planner, or own a wedding dress store.
24. If I could afford it I would get a tummy tuck, I have lots of excess skin from my huge pregnancies.
25. I would love to get regular massages. (like at least once a month)
26. I am indecisive.
27. I always want to change my hair but never know what to do to it.
28. I love to cuddle, my husband, my kids...doesn't matter.
29. I love to be touched.
30. I love having my hair played with.
31. I love rocking my baby to sleep, even though he's getting too big.
32. I love to sing.
33. I love when people complement my singing.
34. I'm a little vain.
35. I'm extremely paranoid that Ryan is going to die tragically.
36. I'm afraid of cancer.
37. I'm afraid my children are going to die because of something I do wrong.
38. I wish I wrote in my journal more.
39. I wish I could lose 10 more pounds.
40. I have a very vivid imagination, I scare myself with it a lot.
41. Nap time is one of my favorite times of day, does that make me a bad mom?
42. I wish I knew how to decorate my house.
43. I want to be a good photographer.
44. I hope I don't annoy people.
45. I want more friends.
46. I love girls nights out.
47. I envy people with lots of friends.
48. I envy people with great style.
49. I want a new wardrobe.
50. I wish my house were cleaner.
51. I'm trying really hard to be a better person so that I can be a better example to my kids.
52. I wish I got to see my sisters more. I think I could learn a lot from them. Plus I just like them.
53. I wish I could see my brothers more too. They are funny!
54. I wish I were funny.
55. I wish I were keeping up my musical skills more.
56. I want people to admire me, but I don't really think I'm admirable.
57. I love being a hostess, but I'm not really that great at it, but I keep trying!
58. I am on too many medications.
59. I'm afraid I'm going to accidentally get pregnant while on all these medications and my baby will have two heads or something.
60. I get migraines. I hate it.
61. I'm a whiner.
62. I am pretty generous to my friends and neighbors.
63. I try hard to make friends.
64. I love music.
65. I don't like my body.
66. I love shoes, but almost all shoes hurt my feet. Sad.
67. I am super curious about everything, especially other people's business.
68. My daughter's hug and kisses are some of my favorite things.
69. My son's smile is another one of my favorite things.
70. I love spending time with family.
71. I don't like the heat.
72. I don't really like the cold either.
73. I absolutely love Christmas time.
74. I love all Holidays. Any excuse to party or see family. Or eat food.
75. I wish I knew how to cook well.
76. I hate touching raw meat.
77. I'm a fairly picky eater.
78. I love steak.
79. I love getting dressed up fancy.
80. But mostly I wear pajamas or t-shirts and jeans.
81. I love the Olympics.
82. I secretly wish I could be an Olympic Athlete.
83. I am a gigantic BYU fan.
84. I get very defensive when people bash BYU.
85. I sing the BYU fight song to my kids when they are babies. Call it brainwashing if you want.
86. I frequently look at pictures of my wedding flowers, I loved them that much.
87. I wish I had some brilliant little side business that would let me buy clothes and fun stuff whenever I felt like splurging.
88. I drink water almost exclusively except on rare special occasions.
89. I don't like lemon in my water.
90. I am a terrible artist.
91. I am a decent writer.
92. I wish I was creative enough to write a good novel.
93. I would like to write children's books.
94. I hope my kids always want to be close to me.
95. I sort of want to home school my kids.
96. I don't think I can handle home schooling my kids.
97. My kids were both c-sections.
98. I'm sort of grateful that I will probably never experience normal labor, but feel ripped off at the same time.
99. I consider myself a "jack of all trades, master of none" i'm okay at lots of things, but not really good at anything...oh well!
100. I initiated the relationship with my husband.
101. I am obsessed with my birthday. It's in a month and two weeks in case you were wondering. :)

Wow, it was really hard coming up with that many things! I hope you learned a little something about me, and that you aren't too disgusted with what you learned. Haha. Your turn!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Triathlon, t-minus 12 Days


As many of you know my family has this wonderful tradition of participating in a triathlon every year. A bunch of my cousins and aunts and uncles get together to cheer each other on. The number of participants vary from year to year, but its always a good time. The night before the tri we have a big pasta dinner to carb load for the event, and then after the triathlon we have a little party where we give out our own awards and award the "Larson Cup" to the winners of the men's and women's divisions within our family. Its great, that way we don't feel like we have to compete against the whole field at the tri, just our own little family.

The last two years I have participated as part of a relay team. I felt really good about that, but I've always felt that I should try and do the whole thing. Last year James was only like 3 months old, so I had a good excuse. But this year, after my 30 lb. weight loss and no baby to blame, I had to excuses, plus the triathlon we always do wasn't allowing teams this year, so I'm signed up to do the whole thing in less than two weeks. I'm a little terrified! I have actually been training. Only for the past few weeks, but its better than I would have expected of myself. I am feeling really good about my swim (that's the part I've done the last two years), its not perfect, but I think its improved from last year, I've done a little biking and I think I can survive that part. I definitely have a little more work to do there too, but I will survive. But the run...good heavens the run...the last two days I have focused my workouts on the run, sometimes combined with swimming, but trying to run, really run on a track or outside. Right now as I sit here and type it is a good thing it only requires the movement of my fingers because the rest of my body refuses to budge. OUCH! The past few weeks I've been training on my elliptical thinking, "it works the same muscles, right?" WRONG! I've known all along that I am not a runner. By no means have I ever been a runner, but good heavens! I may have to walk the whole 3 miles, I will try and jog as much as I can, but in reality my guess is it will mostly be walking, and I am okay with that. As long as I cross that finish line I will feel good about it. It is my first triathlon and I'm not in fantastic shape, so my goals can't be too lofty! So here is to progress and to hoping my muscles unlock to I can train a little more over the next 12 days. WISH ME LUCK!