Tuesday, April 24, 2012

John Quotes ~ Vol. 7

Me: John eat your dinner because we need to go.
John: Where's Daddy?
Me: He's going potty.
John: That's amazing that you can hear him go pee-pee. That's amazing!
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I was singing the Hokey Pokey and got to the end...
Me: ♫ That's what it's all about! ♪
John: No it's not!
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John: Actually, Mama, I love you!
Me: I love you too Johnny! You're my sweet boy!
John (without missing a beat): Boogers live in my nose.
Me: Oh
John: Do boogers live in your nose too? I wanna see your boogers.
He looks up my nose... {I'm pretty sure there weren't any boogers in there...}
John: I think your boogers are stinky!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Egg Wars 2012

This year's Egg Wars was pretty exciting! There were 18 competitors and the winning egg beat 14 of them!! This is an unprecedented victory! The competition began on Easter Sunday. The winning egg entered the battle on Monday, fought tirelessly the whole week and became victorious on Saturday, April 14th!

The fun part about this year was that John could participate. He really loved doing it every morning and  he called it "Egg Yolks" - "I wanna do egg yolks mamma!"

And the winning egg was......


You can read more about this fun Easter tradition from 2010 and 2011.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Easter 2012

We've had a great Easter Octave. On Holy Saturday we had an egg hunt for John in the yard. Then we painted eggs in preparation for Egg Wars - post to come!

Love this action shot!

Easter Sunday was a full day. We started it off by going to the 7:30am mass then over to Edmonds for our annual Launceford breakfast at the Pancake Haus. Then over to Grandma's condo for a few hours. We ended the day at Aaron's house for a fancy steak dinner.

Peter got this bunny from Great Grandma

Hope you all had a blessed Easter!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

House Hunting

We are currently in the exciting process of house hunting. It really is fun and makes me giddy, similar feelings to when Andrew and I were first dating. As a renter my whole adult life, I never knew house hunting would feel like this!

I love the big deck too!
We've been out three times so far and will be going again later today. I was quite smitten with an old farm-styled house built in 1901. It featured high ceilings, a beautiful wooden staircase, entry living room, dining room, den, big kitchen, beautiful yard. There were some quirks for sure, but I couldn't stop day-dreaming about the house. I would imagine how we would set up our furniture, having all the toys in the den which is right by the kitchen so that I could be cooking while the kids were playing. I imagined John and Peter coming down the old staircase in their pajamas on Christmas morning, seeing a huge tree in the front room...

I recognized that it probably wasn't good for me to think all these things, so I tied to stop. I offered it up in prayer: "Please let me be at peace if this house doesn't work out!"

We saw it three times and the third time we brought a coworker who has experience with construction. He agreed that it was a beautiful home with a lot of character, but quickly pointed out some major (expensive) issues. It seems that the previous owners fixed up the house to have great curb appeal, but the main structure wasn't that great, particularly the foundation.

So we decided to move on. We don't want to get involved with a house that is a money pit. I was sad, but also feel closure, knowing that it wasn't the prefect fit for our family. I've seen the house a few times on real-estate search engines and there is a slight pang in my heart - like I broke up with a boyfriend or something... =)

I know the right one is out there!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Dear Fred Meyers...

My letter to the Fred Meyer Customer Relationship Center:

Dear Fred Meyer Customer Relationship Center,

I have been a loyal customer in Bremerton, WA for the last three years and am generally very happy with your store. I love the employees and your product selection. I go shopping every week and we know many of the employees on a first-name basis.

My discontent is regarding your “Family Friendly” checkout lane. As a mother with small children, I always refuse to use any other lane. You can imagine my shock when I noticed this month in the family lane a “Betty and Veronica: Double Digest” comic book (#199) that showcased the girls in immodest swimsuits on the cover. This image is an objectification of women and is very inappropriate.  I do my best to protect my children from such images. That is why I refuse to check out in any other lane, and now the filth is encroaching on the one-and-only isle that is supposed to be safe for my children’s eyes. Please value the innocence of all the children in your stores and do a better job of selecting material for the family friendly lane.

On a similar note, the family lane in my store is very popular and it is clear to me that your patrons would be happy to see more lanes that were friendly to families. In fact, I find it odd that any of your lanes would be “un-friendly” to families as implied by your need to have one labeled as being “friendly.” All the material that is un-friendly to families should be located in a different part of the store - in a place that is not so visible by everyone. I realize that you have contracts with magazine distributors and you might lose money by removing them from each checkout lane, but I urge you to refrain from exposing indecent material to every customer that has to check out of your store.

I thank you in advance for your attention to these important matters.

Lindsey St.Hilaire

Saturday, April 7, 2012


John has been a real stinker the past few days. Refusing to clean up his toys, hitting, yelling, back talking, chewing with his mouth open, whining... It's been rough for me as a parent. 

At the same time, I've been preparing myself to celebrate Easter by stocking up on goodies for John's Easter basket. I've had the thought a few times lately: Why does John have to be so naughty? I don't really want to give him an Easter basket because he doesn't deserve one!

Last night, while praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet with Andrew, I remembered that Jesus died and rose from the dead for us - even though we are naughty all the time and are totally undeserving! 
"But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8
John will definitely be getting his Easter basket.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Mommy Hair

I'm always looking for quick ways to make my hair look cute. I came across this hair tutorial and tried it the other day. I liked it! It was simple to do and I like that my hair was out of the way.

image source (totally not me!)

The girl who did the tutorial has a great beauty youtube channel that I like to follow (linked above). Her demonstrations are simple and they inspire me to try and look my best.

Another quick hairdo I like is a topsy-turvy bun. I just make a quick, messy bun with my hair and then do this to it. It ends up looking like this:

Any other suggestions for quick mommy-dos?

Monday, April 2, 2012

Guess who got promoted?

Peter has been promoted to the highchair! He's pretty happy about it. Until now, his use to lay in a bouncy chair next to us while we ate our meals.  Now he gets to sit in the highchair and play with spoons.

I was going to hold off on giving him food until he was officially six months old, but he seems very interested in it. So yesterday I decided to try giving him an egg yolk mixed with some mommy milk (pictures to come!). He seemed to like it - BUT, his tummy was not so happy about it a couple of hours later. We were at mass and he was being pretty fussy. Sure enough, we were in the vestibule and right after the consecration, he looked up at me and started spewing all over. He got covered in it... I got covered in it. What a big stinky mess! Then he got really sleepy and took a three-hour nap when we came home. I was a little worried about him but he seems to be totally fine now.

I think I'll stick to my original plan and wait a few more weeks! =)

Other big news is he started rolling over from tummy to back yesterday. I guess it was a big day for our little man!

Big Brother wasn't too happy that Peter was getting so much attention...

Check out my teeth! =)