Monday, December 29, 2008

Jason's Hot Rod Mustang



Today while I was busy playing webkinz, Jason assembled the engine to his new Mustang complete with thread for the spark plug wires and authorized Ford blue paint. He has been building models since his Dad taught him at the age of 8. He used to keep them covered with saran wrap so that no dust would get on them. This time he purchased a glass box to house the model so as not to interrupt admiration yet still protect from the enemy of dust. He is pretty proud of the decal work and tried several photo shoots to capture the detail. I have studied the manual and can guarantee you that this is serious...dead serious.

My husband is a total stud. His other accomplishments for the day included fuming up the house with toxic chemicals to repair our fiberglass bathtub, winterizing the chicken coop, winterizing the dog shed (they have their own little apartment), changing filters, battery replacement, and countless other very important duties. It has been such a great blessing that throughout our marriage we have never had to wait for handyman or shell out any moolah to get things done around here. I don't even have to make a list, just one request and poof it is done. Amen

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Merry Christmas 2008

Blah Blah Blah

Yesterday I went to Walmart to score some groceries, we were particularly in dire need of paper towels and a kid vacuum. I am making a small attempt to improve the house cleaning around here and trying to enlist the kids. I got the cutest little shark vacuum that is light and such a bright cheery yellow color. I am hoping one of the kids will take to vacuuming because heaven knows I never have. While waiting in line at the checkout for a serious 25 minutes (crazy people were buying hundreds of discounted Christmas items) I scoured the magazine racks for New Year's organization inspiration. I came home all pumped up and stayed up late trying to clear the counter and floorspace in my laundry room which doubles as my computer nook.

I got done around midnight and was so proud of myself I thought I deserved a break and sneaked onto webkinz on Ruthie's account. I love playing webkinz, it is a terribly embarrassing addiction. I was getting tired at that pointed and starting rubbing my eye which instantly began to swell and become irritated from something I must have transferred into there. Needless to say my eye swelled completely shut even though I downed tons of benadryl and applied medicated eye allergy drops.

This proves I really am allergic to cleaning and should just quit my attempts at it. I considered an eye patch for church, but I can't really rock the pirate look so we stayed home and played webkinz and slept because I was on massive benadryl dosage.

I am hoping it is better tomorrow and am thankful my husband is promising to build me a "Green" house one day because this one is killing me slowly. I have to take my inhaler every day. This really adds to my charm since I am so pleasant with my scoliosis, my pregnancy, and my always conflicted have it all mommy syndrome. Jay has been really good helping clean and fixing me breakfast and pickles at 11:30 at night which is like his 2am. I am so thankful for the family putting up with my crazy pregnancy hormones acting up all the time.

Young's plus 1 equals a family of 6

Cabin Fever

It has been snowing for days and we are all huddled in the house recovering from the holiday festivities. Bekah toted her beauty school mannequin around and informed people that santa gave it to her because it is creepy and looks like a real head. She is planning on using it to scare people in order to protect herself. She produced that explanation to her great grandma when asked what she got for Christmas. Needless to say, nannie was quite confused with the response.

My mom came over the day after Christmas. I had just got done thinking to myself how glad I was that everyone was probably resting after the holidays and I could anticipate no visitors witnessing the conditions in our house. Boy was I wrong. I felt like I was ten again when I heard my mom call me as she entered my house through the garage and I was sitting amidst all the Christmas chaos playing wii with my kids in my pajamas at 1:30 in the afternoon. She made me clean up, but at least she helped! She also bestowed a generous gift on Rachel for turning 8 this year and gave her a vintage Singer sewing machine including personal lessons. Saturday Rachel proudly displayed 8 blocks she pieced together with Grandma Sam.

Ruhie asked us which grandma had recently passed away...the old grandma or the skinny grandma. My nannie living in WA is very petite so I am assuming she meant her to be the skinny grandma, so I answered that the old grandma was in heaven. She was glad because she really likes the skinny grandma probably because we used to visit her every week when she lived her. My grandma got a big kick out of that story and reminded me of Rachel presenting her with a picture of Marilyn Monroe and exclaiming that Nannie used to look like that before she got old. Ruthie had another question for my mom and asked her why she always gave her clothes for her birthday and why couldn't she get her a barbie or something. I hope despite my child's impertinence my mom will keep up subsidizing our children's wardrobes because she picks out the cutest stuff and keeps them dressed to the nines. We appreciate the generosity even if our kids don't.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Family Tradition, Pierogi


pie·ro·gi
Variant(s): also pi·ro·gi \pə-ˈrō-gē, pi-\
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural pie·ro·gi also pie·ro·gies
Etymology: Polish, plural of pieróg dumpling, pierogi
Date: 1811
: a case of dough filled with a savory filling (as of meat, cheese, or vegetables) and cooked by boiling and then panfrying

Jason's grandparents are Polish and have a fun Christmas tradition of making pierogis as a family. When he was little one of the kids coined it pduggy which our little Ruthie mistakenly pronounced as doggy p. His parents have done a great job passing on this tradition to their grandkids. They have aprons with each of the kids names on them and bowls of fillings for them to stuff the circle shaped dough. The family favorites are cheesey mashed potatoes, cabbage, and blueberry. Watch out for a rogue baker that might suprise you with a concotion of the fillings or even a surprise item they gathered from the appetizers or even a shocking inclusion of a piece of yarn last year. This year crab dip, olives, and even artichokes snuck in there. I was really apprehensive about Bekah's combining potatoes and blueberries. No matter the taste, this fun-filled event brings the family together for an honored tradition which is always a good time!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Off-track Mayhem

Things are crazy around here these days trying to get ready for Christmas and ready for The Next Big Thing at the Dallas Market (you can read more about it if you would like at www.vintagehem.blogspot.com).

My babies are getting bigger and more creative at entertaining themselves. One of the dollies has taken up redecorating rooms with pink feather boas. I found the fake tree wrapped in one and now tonight the guest bath is swarthed in pink feathers, a black ribbon tied around the sink faucet, a purse dangling from the window sill alongside a pink teapot, and a rather large pink canvas bucket on wheels is occupying most of the floorspace. Thank heavens, Jason's friend that stopped in tonight did not need to use the restroom.

While some mystery child was trading spaces in the water closet, I was trying to coach Rachel on baking a cake mix. I insisted she clean up before treating herself to tasting the batter on the spatula and she was relatively annoyed. When we asked her if she wanted mushrooms on her dinner plate she quickly remarked "Not if she had to clean up the cooking later."

Regularly, Bekah gets into fits of hysterical laughter and any attempt to calm her just incites more of a frenzy. I recall this happening to my mother when I was younger and I thought it was hysterical the more mad she got. I am very fearful for the future of this behavior. She is particularly fond of saying frowned upon words in a rhyming sing song.

Ruthie and Bekah hijacked a can of aerosal whipping cream intended for cocoa and sundaes. Thanks a lot Aunt Kelly! I hope they were eating it and not huffing because we watched a very scary intervention on tv the other night. Tonight was reruns so I made Jason watch funny youtube vidoes of "business time" by flight of the conchords and do yoga I divered from the Oxygen channel. You wish you were here-I know it!!!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Goodbye Until We Meet Again



Jason's grandmother, Helyne Young passed away recently and the family gathered for a beautiful funeral commemorating her life. His sister, Kelly, composed a slideshow depicting Helyne's family and friends. The most meaningful to me was hearing stories about Grandma Helyne and getting to know her in a way that I never had the opportunity to. She was a striking young lady with flair and talent for presentation. She spray painted weeds collected in the mountains to create flower arrrangements, fed everyone hoards of food on decorative glass plates embellished with rose cut radishes, and warmed everyone with her kindness. She was said to never have spoken an unkind remark towards anyone and always remembered the less fortunate even when she was upon hard times herself. I am thankful to be part of such a wonderful family and enjoy this good woman's legacy. I hope my children retain her spirit and carry on her goodwill and vivacity. Most of all, I dream of a day when my children will have a pretty assortment of memories to cherish and speak of. God bless you Grandma Helyne until that great day when we are all reunited. We will love you and miss you!

The Nutcracker


Ruthie celebrated her 4th bday on Saturday, Dec 13th at Capitol Theater. Our family went to the Nutcracker for the first time and attended the Sugar Plum Fairy Tea party on the stage after the production. It started with the orchestra playing and a snowflake backdrop on the curtains. Bekah asked if there was only going to be music or if there were characters. When the characters did arrive on stage it was only boys and Ruth wanted to know when the girls would be coming out. Rachel was enthralled and had no questions but an editorial comment that the men's ballet tights were gross. The girls sat through the ballet and were good audience members except for Ruthie almost kicking the head of the gentleman in front of us while she tried to imitate the snow queen's leg positioning during a lift. It was a magical day with all the holiday bustle downtown and romantic snow.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Ruthie is Politically Savvy

All my girls are in love with playing dressup online particularly our darling little baby of the family, Ruthie. I think it is quite comical that they are addicted to internet gaming at such a young age, but it was suggested to me that possibly the creativity of playing dressup is much more advantageous than rotting your brain out on the tv. We have been pretty lenient around here lately as I have been sick sick sick with pneumonia and am barely able to lift my head off the pillow.

Ruthie rushed to alert me yesterday to something significant on the computer she wanted to show me, and I was thinking it was more dancing ponies or possibly a fashion combo trying to modestify an illegal bratz doll (house rule no hoochie mama dolls allowed). Alas, to my great surprise it was a cartoon depiction of a political figure which Ruthie pointed to and said "Look, Obama!". She was dead on and I was amazed thinking I have a political genius 4 year old on my hands. The alternatives are that Jason's dedication to watching the political campaign made quite an impression, or my mother's biggest sin of being a democrat has infected her grandchildren. Either way, she is quite brillaint and I forecast her success in political journalism.

Gratitude

Things I am Grateful for:

1. Jesus Christ
2. My Family
3. Freedom
4. Healthy Children
5. Education
6. What my momma gave me
7. Opportunity
8. Sincere Friendship
9. Majesty of Nature
10. Colors & Textures

Things I am Thankful for:

1. people who wear mismatched socks
2. people that wear shorts/flip flops in snow
3. people that drive purple cars
4. people that sing like nobody is watching while driving
5. kids that moon their dad while he is driving in the car behind
6. people that talk in fake accents
7. people that appreciate molly shannon
8. people that eat chocolate with me
9. people that shake their moneymaker
10. kids that ask for a bra for their 6th bday & want to know what it is for

I Am Kinda A Big Deal


Monday, November 17, 2008

Fashionista Rachel

This morning the girls were very prolific artists including a magazine that Rachel published called "Rachel Pink Diva: 10 Tips on Clothes and 4 Ways to Look Nice". Pretty sound advice throughout the publication with the exception of the last note recommending re-applying makeup every 30 minutes. Perhaps when she actually wears makeup she will amend this herself. It was beautifully illustrated and very difficult to choose which one to post as an example. Feel free to contact me for a full subscription.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Well-mannered Bekah

Our family was cozy on my bed one evening cuddling. Jason happened to be demonstrating to Bekah the breadth of his belly and she commented "Dad you are fat"! I have tried very hard to help my girls develop good body image so I do not use the word the fat to describe myself or other people. I gave Bekah a stern look and reminded her that it was not very nice to call people fat. She quickly corrected herself and said sorry Dad, you are curvy! That is my politically correct term for describing a heavier frame. I am glad she remembered it even though it didn't really apply in this situation.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Mademoiselle Ruthie


Baby Cruz is Born!


7 lbs 2 oz born at 4 pm on Wednesday, November 5th after 8 hours of labor! Of course, Stephanie is some type of pioneer lady and had no medication giving birth naturally even after they put her on pitocin to intensify the contractions. I heard a report that the day after he was born she was all dolled up in embroidered pajamas, hair done up, and glowing make up applied. If we all could look as glamorous after giving birth there would definitely be more people having kiddos! Love you Steph. So proud of your hard work and admire your being such a sweet momma!

Sewing an apron for a little Chef!



Spooky Gingerbread House

Friday, October 24, 2008

Playing House

Yesterday my 5 and 4 year old daughters were playing house. I overheard a heated exchange they were having on the stairs. The older one defiantly declared that she was marrying her boyfriend and there was nothing her mother could do about it. I saw the 4 year old "mother" grab her daughters cheeks to physically stop the verbal disobediance and I encouraged them to play a little nicer. The mommy was in the kitchen with tears a few minutes later. Apparently, her daughter SPIT IN HER FACE. Shocking such dramatic play-acting.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Digital Scrapbooking-Lets start a monthly swap!


I have always had a passion for preserving the family memories and although I love the textures and frills of actual paper, digital is such a nice way to go! I don't have to hoard all those supplies and try to figure out how to organize them. It makes it easy to share and copy for extra books. I reuse the digital files over and over again turning them into different colors and combinations. I am excited to continue to learn more about this field and all the possibilites.

I currently use Adobe Photoshop Elements which I downloaded online for about $100. Cord & Janine have a Simply Scrapbooking digital line that includes cool how-to vidoes on youtube. I love http://www.scrapgals.com/ for digital kits and my most favorite site is http://www.twopeasinabucket.com/ which has lots of free monthly kits-Bonus! Also, Two peas has digital tutorials that are cool.

My favorite artist is Rhonna Farrer (Kim Mask's sister in-law for those of you that lived in Davencourt)! You can check out her stuff at: http://www.twopeasinabucket.com/shop/list/?f=506_228 and her personal blog at http://rhonnadesigns.com/

Digital scrapbooking is super easy to pickup and I am sure I don't even know the half of what is possible because I never have taken a class. I would like to start a monthly digital scrap swap if any one is interested. I think it is easy to create pages anybody could put their own pics in and trade them monthly. Please let me know if anyone is interested in joining my group. I am glad to show you what I know if you promise to do the same!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Energy & Health, promises Defender lives up to!




Some days my body is just worn down and I am sure my lack of nutrition contributes to that. My Dad Glenn has created an amazing health drink named Defender. It is a powder comprised of fruits and vegetables that you mix with water.

I love to drink it before a workout because it greatly increases my endurance. When I am in a class at the gym I can bust out my high kicks for the footloose song much longer and my heart rate monitor shows me the increased results! For me, Defender is a great afternoon pick me up packed with nutrition instead of my traditional diet coke which I am convinced is possibly poisoning me! Some days, I just struggle to get going and the nutrition in defender really helps make the difference and it doesn't have the negative side affects like those energy drinks and caffeine.

Defender just launched their website and you can get a free sample at:

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Kids Who Dance, So Others Can Walk!



Rachel is performing with her dance company at the matinee of Art with Heart. She has been working diligently to master the choreography of their production number. Her cousin Bella is in the number as well! Below is a description with a link to buy tickets. The event is held at the Covey Art Center in Provo. It is super pricey to attend, but for a good cause and you can't beat the dancers!

ART WITH HEART

November 21, 22(plus matinee on Saturday the 22nd)7:30 p.m. (Friday/Saturday)2 p.m. matinee (Saturday)Tickets: $20 Children age 5 and above are welcome. Click here to buy tickets! Over 400 young dancers ages 3-18 yrs. from up and down the Wasatch Front combine their talents in a performance showcasing jazz, ballet, hip hop, and tap to benefit the children from Shriner's Hospital for children.

Art With Heart has earned nearly $150,000.00 over the past eight years for Shriner's Hospital. The performance includes extremely talented young dancers with appearances from several current young Shriner's patients!

Sewing for Baby Cruz






The past 2 weeks I have been sick sick sick with an upper respiratory infection that I would guess is pretty close dying from the likes of tropical malaria. Thank heavens I have a sweetheart that pampered me and took care of me. They gave me some steroids for my lungs which wired me and kept me up all hours of the night for days on end. I used this energy to organize a few areas and most of all, got my creative sewing juices flowing. I had the funnest time making cute baby goodies for Cruz. I found a fabulous pattern for sewing those minkee blanets with the satin binding on Etsy and the cutest Snuggle Bug pattern from Lily Londyn, the blog can be found at http://littlelondyn.blogspot.com/2008/03/snuggle-bug-bundle.html. I am going to make some fun things for my girlies for Christmas. Let me know if you want to have a project day!




Baby Shower for Cruz



Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Sharing




Ruthie and Bekah were overheard fighting about the equitable distribution of candy. Jason asked her later if they were able to work it out and Ruthie replied "Yah, but it was awkward. I got two pinks and Bekah got one green."

Monday, October 13, 2008

New VH Blog




Started a blog for Vintage Hem. You can check it out at www.vintagehem.blogspot.com

The Dentist

Today, I took all three girls to the dentist. The youngest two were sedated for some work and boy did they turn into chatty kathy's once they started feeling that medicine. Ruth was sure to inform the dentist that we have another Dr. named Doug and he has magazines in his office and her parents are going to Dallas because they fight and she is going to get a car when she turns 16 and when she is a mom she will let her family do whatever they want so they are happy. Bekah slid off the couch while I was trying to hold up Ruth. Ha Ha Ha. I hand my hands full so I left without paying. I think they should pay me for the entertainment.

Bday Parties




We headed to Partyland the other night after Caroline's bday party to check out costumes for halloween. I think we settled on Pink Ladies from the movie Grease and Jason is going to be a Tbird. Bekah was lamenting that she did not have a pahnada for her birthday in June and I tried to reassure her that a pinata was not standard at every birthday party. Rachel added that we aren't even mexican. lol. I guess that comes from watching a lot of Dora the Explorer

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Rachel


The combination of my pranks and Jason's sarcasm has turned our darling Rachel into a witty 8 year old! Just the other day, Jay was trying to wind up the hose and was frustrated by it being caught on the other side of the house, so he he had to go track down the hold up; lo and behold, it was Rachel stepping on it and giggling.

Another time she got me good when I took the kids over to sleep at my parents house in the middle of the night. Jason was out of town and the dogs would not stop barking, so we had to flee for safety to my momma's. I traditionally break in through the garage with the code, but for some reason that night my mom had the house locked up like a fortress and I asked the kids why my mom had every single door locked. Rachel answered the rhetorical question with a smart reply saying maybe they didn't want their crazy daughter breaking in during the middle of the night.

She always surprises me with how quick her comments are, but she has been in training for quite some time! When she was a toddler she asked a deacon passing the sacrament if he was Harry Potter, because he was a look alike. There was a teacher blessing the sacrament that could have been her Uncle Winn's twinn and she shouted "Look, there is another Winn". She is a great joy in our family!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Texas Hurricane

Subject: benefits of being prepared-Texas Hurricane LDS member
Dear Friends:

Just to let you know that the Rittman's are doing well. We have a 6'x6' hole in our roof, no electricity or running water, Trees down everywhere. However, because we listened to the counsel of our Prophet we are prepared, calm, and helping one another with trees in roofs, flooding, etc.

There is a POD or Point of Distrubution in Tomball where we live.There you get water and ice IF you have enough fuel to wait in the 3 hour lines. We don't have to do that because we have 3 full water barrels, 75 juice bottles filled with water, and our pool which is dirty but we use it to flush.

It is very difficult to get gas. Police guard the stations when fuel is delivered and you might wait half a day to get up to the pump just to have them say, "Too bad, we are out".

I am grateful that we have a generator. We run it 4 hours a day to keep our fridge and light. I am grateful that we have had fuel for it. You can't even by gas containers as they are rationed. We can only by bread once a week and limited to 2 loaves at a time. Water is rationed by the case at the grocery store. 3 cases per family.

The Atm machines do not have power. For the past 6 months I have stashed small bills away because I have had such a feeling of foreboding. We have cash because of that.LISTEN TO THE SPIRIT. Get cash in small bills because the stores can't make change and credit and debit cards often don't work. I had to pay 5 dollars more for an item because they couldn't make change for me.

PHONES ONLY WORK OCCASIONALLY.

Believe it or not...I have not had a bath in 4 days, Today was the first day I got to wash my hair with pool water. I haven't fixed my hair in a week!!! It just doesn't matter anymore. We can not do laundry because we don't have water. So, we wear our clothes until they are literally disgusting.When we do finally get water we will have to boil it since it is contaminated.

I am grateful for my parents. When we got low on generator fuel they drove 45 minutes to help us. They filled up their cans and brought us 10 gallons of fuel which kept us going until this morning at 6:oo am when we finally found some gas.

I want all of you to know that I have such a testimony of following the counsel of our living prophet. There really is safety and peace in your heart if you are prepared. Please get your generators, 5 gas cans full of gas, canned goods, baby items, baby wipes to bathe, and all the water you can store...even if you have to trip on it in your home. Have your lanterns, crank flashlights, tarps, rope, etc.. ready to go because you never know when it will be your turn to endure the test. It's overwhelming, but it's going to be ok eventually. I have a home, I have food, I have water, because i liste ned to the counsel of the prophet. PLease make sure you do the same. It's time to have your life in order. Tomorrow may be too late.

I love you all so much. I wish you were here. Take care!
Jyl

Friday, October 3, 2008

Diva Rachel

Aqua Globes


Rebekah is 5 and she is very receptive to tv marketing. Walking through the grocery store is always entertaining as Bekah showcases several products reciting word for word the commercials. She is very into things that solve problems around the house and make it smell good. I can never make it out of the cleaning and air freshener aisle without a demo from her. In particular, she was impressed with the Aquaglobe since it is her chore to water the plants. She told me it "it doesn't underwater or overwater". So when I saw it at Walmart I just had to buy her one and she is thrilled! Please come over for a demonstration!

Side note:
Ruth has been in trouble for washing the dogs with cleaning products she finds under the sink, a magic eraser, and no water. Jason thought she was trying to kill them, but I assured him they were all natural and non-toxic. Today, she brought me the spray bottle of febreeze and pointed to the graphics on the back that included a picture of a dog. She told me that the bottle said it was okay for dogs. I gently explained it was for helping with the dog smell and should not be applied to dogs. We comprimised and she febreezed the carpet.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Charming Blog

http://www.dressaday.com/2008/03/books-wife-dressing.html

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

PC Unfriendly

The last two months I have sent out a lot of emails with spelling errors because my screen was giant and I couldn't see what I was doing. That dates back to me trying to speed up my computer by deleting unused files. The problem was I deleted my graphics file and my sound card driver, so not only could I not see anything, listening was off limits too. Luckily, I finally got mad enough last week that I spent an entire day defragmenting my computer and downloading various files that I needed from microsoft and dell. I am super proud of myself. When Jason first started managing in tech support he used to test my technical skills and I feel like I could totally pass for an agent in a call center after getting my pc back in order.

Just when I was feeling so great my printer got jammed. I tried everything to get it out and even thought of resorting to sticky traps to coach the paper out. Luckily, I happened to be complaining to my sister who recently had her own adventure with tweezers and popsicle sticks with her printer and she told me about a secret door in the back. My hand is scraped and bleeding, so it is about time someone told me about this magnificent door before one of my kids loses their hand trying to fish out paper for their mommy. I hope my shipping labels don't have traces of my dna on them from my hand being devoured in the printing tray.