Monday, December 31, 2007

Goals for 2008

I don't necessarily like to make "New Year's resolutions", however I do like to set out some goals for myself whenever we enter a new year. Posting my goals on my blog makes them more real to me, and hopefully I'll be more apt to stick to them, so here we go....

1. Read through the Bible. I'm going to do the Chronological Bible again, and I found a cool online Bible study that I'm going to do it through (click here to see the site). Anyone else reading through the Bible this year? If so, let me know and maybe we can keep each other in check :) I read through the Bible the year before last, but sometimes it's hard to keep the momentum.
2. Loose my last 5 pounds of baby weight.
3. Resume working out at least 2-3 times a week.
4. Buy an SLR camera (once we have finished saving up enough $$ for one), and learn how to use it.
5. Learn how to use Photoshop really well
6. Stay current on my scrapbooking.
7. Market my business and do at least 2 jobs a month.
8. Start an organizing blog
9. Get involved with a mom group

I also have one additional goal, and it is only for the month of January: to give up sugar (in the form of desserts). My little sugar addiction has gotten a bit out of control, so I'm going to give it up for a month in hopes of curbing my cravings a bit. I find myself wanting dessert after every meal, and also in between. They say it takes 3 weeks to break a habit, so I'm hoping that will be the case with my little addiction. Once my habit is broken I will add desserts back in in moderation. I'll let you know how I do with this one..... it's a pretty lofty goal for me, but I think I can do it. Oh, and I'm starting January 2nd, not the 1st. On the 1st we go over to Matt's parents house for ollie bollen (a dutch food... kind of like a donut).

I want to know if anyone else has any goals or resolutions. Please share :)

Sunday, December 30, 2007

My little wine connoisseur

I often put Ethan in his bouncy seat next to the table when we eat, which also happens to be next to the wine rack. For some reason he loves to stare at the wine, it's kind of funny. Anyhow, here is a little video of him cooing and smiling :)

Round and round they go

Cookie and her new friend Coco (the Oates' new dog). I certainly couldn't do this... one spin around the coffee table and I promise, I'd be dizzy. I'm a wimp. In fact I got dizzy taking the lights off of the Christmas tree.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Fun with the camera

Matt and I were sitting on the couch playing with our cute little boy and of course I just couldn't resist taking a bazillion pictures.... he's just so stinkin' cute, I can't help it :) He'll be 2 months old on Tuesday. Oh, and a side note.... he slept through the night again last night!!! He slept for 9 hours at night and during the day he had 4 good naps :) Praise God! Funny how big of a deal sleep becomes when you have a baby.

Friday, December 28, 2007

I promise, I wasn't drinking when I nursed him....

Relaxation

Ethan hasn't slept through the night again like he did on Tuesday night.... I guess that was a one time gift fro him, haha. Hopefully he'll do it again soon and it will become the norm. Yesterday he spent the day with Grandma Walters and I got to spend the day at the spa :) Matt gave me a gift certificate to Glen Ivy Hot Springs for Christmas, and he even went with me yesterday to enjoy it. We spent the day relaxing in the various spas and I got to get a massage. It was a wonderful day, and the first time Matt and I have gone out alone since we've had Ethan. I came home like a puddle of mush I was so relaxed. Thank you honey :) Thank you mom for watching Ethan all day too!

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Christmas Day

Christmas Day was spent at Matt's parents house. The whole gang was here for Christmas; there are 16 of us now. We all fit very nicely since Matt's parents finished their nice addition. We had a yummy meal with with ham, candied yams, salad, veggies and rolls. After the meal Mike took Emily out to the street and gave her her very first driving lesson. A little later we dug into the presents. We also added a white elephant gift exchange this year which was fun. The very best part of Christmas for me was last night... Ethan slept through the night!!! He slept for 9 hours!! I woke up at 5:30 this morning and was so excited when I realized it was morning and I hadn't had to get up. I couldn't fall back asleep, but Ethan stayed asleep so I went in and got him up at 7:00 to feed him. I am one happy Momma today. Let's hope he keeps this up :)

Ethan's first Christmas, and our first family picture in front of the tree :)
Holding my little man on Christmas... I loved the outfit he was wearing.

Grandpa holding Ethan while we were opening gifts.
Mom & Dad opening a gift
The whole Hekman gang in the Christmas room (we call it the Christmas room because we only use it at Christmas, haha)

Eating our Christmas meal
Me & Heather holding our boys. Clayton is the cousin that is closest in age to Ethan (Clay is 18 months old)
Matt & Mike were very excited to receive box seats to th Bush race in February at the California Speedway.
Ethan & Clayton
Auntie Annette holding Ethan (Matt's sister)
Uncle Dan holding Ethan






Christmas Eve

It has become our tradition that on Christmas Eve I make a bunch of appetizers and we have my family over to open gifts and celebrate. This year I spent the morning getting the food together and then Danny, Jolene & Christian came over around 1:00. We hung out all afternoon and then I busted out the food around 4:30.We had a great time just hanging out and relaxing. My mom and my brother came at 5:30, and Matt's brother Dan stopped by for a little while as well. We are blessed to have such great family and friends.
Ethan got his first stocking from Grandma Walters, along with a couple of cute outfits and 2 savings bonds.
Jerrod & Cookie relaxing with some wine

Jolene and I took a picture in front of the tree with our boys... the first shot turned out great but we decided to take another just in case...
...the moment that Matt went to snap the picture Ethan spit up a bunch... I think our expressions say the rest, haha. We were laughing for quite a while after that one.
Yummy food and wine
Ethan and Christian are talking
Doesn't Christian look a lot like his Daddy?

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Dear Santa...

I came across this cute poem on another blog and it made me laugh, so I thought I'd share. Being that I only have one little baby, my life isn't like this yet, however I know many of you moms can relate to this :)
_____________________________

Dear Santa,

I've been a good mom all year.
I've fed, cleaned, and cuddled my children on demand,
visited the doctor's office more than my doctor and
sold sixty-two cases of candy bars to raise money to
plant a shade tree on the school playground.

I was hoping you could spread my list out
over several Christmases, since I had to write this letter with my
son's red crayon, on the back of a receipt in the laundry room between
cycles, and who knows when I'll find anymore free time in the next 18 years.

Here are my Christmas wishes:

I'd like a pair of legs that don't ache (in any color, except purple, which I already have) and arms that don't hurt or flap in the breeze, but are strong enough to pull my screaming child out of the candy aisle in the grocery store.

I'd also like a waist, since I lost mine somewhere in the seventh month of my last pregnancy.

If you're hauling big ticket items this year I'd like fingerprint resistant windows and a radio that only plays adult music, a television that doesn't broadcast any programs containing talking animals, and a refrigerator with a secret compartment behind the crisper where I can hide to talk on the phone.

On the practical side, I could use a talking doll that says, "Yes, Mommy" to boost my parental confidence, along with two kids who don't fight and three pairs of jeans that will zip all the way up without the use of power tools.

I could also use a recording of Tibetan monks chanting "Don't eat in the living room" and "Take your hands off your brother," because my voice seems to be just out of my children's hearing range and can only be heard by the dog.

If it's too late to find any of these products, I'd settle for enough time to brush my teeth and comb my hair in the same morning, or the luxury of eating food warmer than room temperature without it being served in a Styrofoam container.

If you don't mind, I could also use a few Christmas miracles to brighten the holiday season.

Would it be too much trouble to declare ketchup a vegetable? It will clear my conscience immensely.

It would be helpful if you could coerce my children to help around the house without demanding payment as if they were the bosses of an organized crime family.

Well, Santa, the buzzer on the dryer is calling and my son saw my feet under the laundry room door. I think he wants his crayon back.

Have a safe trip and remember to leave your wet boots by the door and come in and dry off so you don't catch cold.

Help yourself to cookies on the table but don't eat too many or leave crumbs on the carpet….you promised me last year you would lose some weight with me so next year
I could be a cute size two...ok, some requests go too far, but none the less.....

Yours Always,

MOM...

P.S. One more thing...you can cancel all my requests if you can keep my children, healthy and safe.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Cookies Galore

On Wednesday my mom and I baked up a storm. We baked four batches of Spritz cookies (the green and red ones), 2 batches of sugar cookies, and chocolate covered pretzels. Flour and sprinkles were flying everywhere. It was fun to have her bake with me. I usually do even more than that, but I decided to pare it back this year since I have a little cutie-pie that keeps me busy :)









When Matt got home from work we decorated the sugar cookies together. They are yummy.
















I had been trying to figure out a way to display our Christmas cards when I came across this idea online, so I thought I'd share. It works great.


This week I've been working really hard at getting Ethan on a schedule (eat, awake time, sleep... every three hours), and it's been going great. I've been doing the Babywise thing. He has been taking 4 naps a day that are 1.5-2 hours, and sleeping about 6.5 hours at night (from about 9:30-4:00), then another 2.5 hours and waking up at 7. I have a feeling he may start sleeping 8 or 9 hours soon (at least I'm hoping). He's definitely more happy and pleasant now that he's getting consistent and sufficient sleep. Plus I'm a happy momma since I'm feeling more rested :) I am loving these naps, I'm able to get so much done during the day now. It took a few days for him to get adjusted to the naps, but now he's doing great.

Tonight we're going out for sushi with my brother. We're going to his favorite place in Riverside. Matt and I haven't been to this place yet. Matt's brother Dan flew into town from Michigan last night and he'll be here for the week, and then his sister and her husband and four kids are coming in on Sunday. The whole Hekman family will be here for Christmas, it should be a good time. Christmas Eve my mom and brother are coming over for our usual appetizers and gifts, and the Flores Family will be stopping by too. I'm ready for Christmas now... the gifts are wrapped under the tree, the cookies are baked, and my house is clean :)

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Smile!

I finally caught Ethan smiling on camera today... he even smiled when I was taking a little video of him :) I have to say when he smiles at me it melts my heart.

Tis the season for... crankiness?


I have to admit that being out in the Christmas hustle and bustle is not my favorite thing. Any shopping that I can do online is fine with me. Now I love shopping, and I also love Christmas. I just don't enjoy maneuvering myself around amidst gobs of people at Christmas time; especially now that I have to carry a heavy baby carrier everywhere I go. There's just something about Christmas crowds that seem to make people especially cranky.... especially older people. Now I love senior citizens, and have nothing against them. It just seems that seniors tend to go either one of two ways: pleasant and sweet, or extremely cranky and crotchety. I think I just happened to encounter quite a few of the latter kind today. In fact I think they were out in full force at Trader Joe's.

Anyone who has had a baby knows that it is not the easiest thing to push a shopping cart with a baby carrier on top. Unless you are 6'4" like my husband, you can't see where you're going, and so you have to constantly look on the sides of your cart while pushing it. This is especially difficult if you are in a store with narrow isles, and if you are clumsy, like me. While shopping today at Trader Joe's and trying to maneuver my cart around as best as I could in a narrow isle packed with people, I had a lovely old lady tell me to "hurry it up". I graciously swallowed my pride and chose to simply ignore her rather than speak my mind, and continued on with my shopping. Shortly after this I was loading my groceries into my trunk. I finished loading my trunk and walked to the side of my car to put Ethan's carrier in the back seat (with him snugly sleeping inside). The parking space next to me was empty, and as I am opening my back door I hear someone start honking. I look over and it is an older woman giving me a look of death. As I looked at her she honked again. Now I was not taking up a lot of space, but the only way to put a car seat in the back seat is to do it through the back door! What was I supposed to do, throw him in the trunk? I clearly had no other options, yet this woman felt the urge to honk at me as if I were doing something wrong. She couldn't wait 10 whole seconds for me to finish loading up my baby to park her car. Ethan was even facing her, so she could clearly see that I had a baby. It really is a good thing that my hands were full, because my first inclination was to turn around and flip her off (I know, not good, but I'm just being honest here). At this point I did not care that she was a senior citizen. I once again swallowed my pride and decided to ignore her, less I find myself doing something horrible like kick her car or pound on her window and yell at her (yes, these thoughts were running through my head). I finished loading Ethan, did not look at her again, and drove away. Matt said he would have put a shopping cart in the way so she couldn't park, haha. I guess my patience was being tested today. Please Lord, when I grow older let me be one of the kind sweet seniors and not one of the crotchety ones.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Hangin' With the Flores Fam

Last week I took Ethan and we met up with Jolene & Christian in Cabazon to do some Christmas shopping. I was able to find a few gifts, and now I only need a couple more things and I'll be finished with the Christmas shopping. I have a bunch of wrapping I need to do yet.... not my most favorite thing. Ethan slept most of the time in Cabazon in his stroller. Jolene and I were laughing about how our shopping days have changed... now we are nursing, changing diapers and trying to maneuver our strollers around stores without hitting too many things while trying to shop. I guess it's even easier now while Ethan isn't mobile. It was such a beautiful day... crystal clear with snow capped mountains... doesn't get any prettier than that.
Christian got a lot of comments with his cute little Santa hat.
Danny, Jolene & christian came over for dinner last Thursday. We had delicious fish tacos (for a very detailed detailed description of them, read Matt's blog).We put the boys on the play mat together. They were doing great....
But then Christian decided to punch Ethan....
... and Ethan didn't like that so much... haha. I'm sure it's just the first of the trouble these two will get into together ;)