Tuesday, November 30, 2010

My boys

On my final day of posting things I'm thankful for, I want to emphasize again how grateful I am for my boys. I'm so very thankful for them! Mr. Rochester is a wonderful father and husband and I'm very lucky to have him. He listens to me and comforts me when I'm upset, we laugh together, we have fun together - he is my best friend. Sometimes, I feel like we enjoy each other's company so much that we don't venture out much to make new friends! I love my little boy so much! Trotwood is such a little ball of energy. He has blessed our lives in countless ways and he is a pure joy to have around. I love being a mother and am thankful that we were blessed with such a wonderful, beautiful, fun little boy. I can't imagine my life without him and I hope I never have to experience that.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Warm fuzzies

I'm thankful for warm fuzzy moments. Like, today at work, a coworker called me over to her desk to ask me if I'd lost weight. And, well, to be honest, yes I have, but I didn't think anyone would be able to notice. It's only about 8 lbs and I have about 10 lbs left to go before I reach my pre-first-and-second-baby weight, but it's so nice that someone noticed! I love warm fuzzy moments like that!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Heat

I am thankful for heat and for fireplaces that burn wood...oh, and for Snuggies. Ahhh....

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Scriptures

I'm grateful for the scriptures and how I feel more connected to myself and my Heavenly Father when I read them. I love how we can find answers to our prayers just by reading them!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Books

I'm thankful for books! Reading has always been a big part of my life and it is something I truly enjoy doing. I only wish I could speed read so I could read more books, more quickly! I just finished the first book in the Hunger Games series and I'm not sure how I feel about it. I think I'm going to have to read the other two to figure it out.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

I'm thankful for Thanksgiving! I love the food and the time off of work. It's so nice to have a break and just be at home! Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Exercise

I'm thankful for exercise. I love how it makes me feel after I do it even though sometimes, out of just pure laziness, I don't want to do it. I love how with hard work and eating right, we can watch our bodies become healthier. This is one of the reasons I love watching the Biggest Loser. It's so neat to see people's transformation physically and emotionally. It's amazing how our bodies produce "happy" chemicals when we exercise. After the death of our first child, I exercised a lot. Of course, I'd just had a baby and wanted to get back into shape but the main reason I worked out so much was because I knew that if I exercised it would help me emotionally deal with everything I was feeling. And, with the love and support of a wonderful family and friends, I truly think exercise did help me. I'm grateful for the benefits of exercise.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

And these guys!

I'm very grateful for my dad and my step-mom! Ever since I was a little girl, I've always looked up to my dad. When I was in elementary and secondary school, I had that my-dad-is-the-best-mentality and always thought my dad was more handsome and smarter and better than any of my friends' dads. Even now, I think my dad is probably one of the smartest people I know. I always know that I can go to him to get an honest, informed opinion about things I am concerned about in my life. He has a kind heart and I know he loves me very much. My step-mom is also wonderful. She's a very talented, giving, loving person. I wish that I could spend more time with her because there are so many neat things that I want to learn from her, like how to make and jar this fabulous homemade pickle relish that she makes or learning some new craft that she is mastering. She's amazing! I'm very lucky in the spouses my parents chose for their second marriages. Both are very active in the Church and both are just good people in general! I love my dad and my step-mom!

Monday, November 22, 2010

These guys

I'm so thankful for my mom and my step-dad! My mom has been there for me throughout all the crazy, sad and wonderful things in my life. She's such a selfless person and is always willing to help her kids out in whatever way possible from helping us move to teaching us things like how to sew and cook. We've had some great times together and I love that I just feel like she is my friend. She is wonderful example of kindness and service to her fellowman and has always been such a great example of love and devotion to her children. My step-dad is a wonderful, smart, generous loving man and I'm so glad that he and my mom make each other happy. Despite what some people may think is a gruff exterior, he has one of the kindest, most generous hearts I have ever known. My mom and my step-dad both have great senses of humor and are just plain fun to be around. I love them so much and I'm very thankful for their presence in my life!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Nursery workers

Today, I am grateful for those people who serve in our ward as nursery workers. Trotwood isn't quite old enough for nursery yet but the primary president said we could start bringing him to nursery to get him used to it. He's also just such a handful in sacrament meeting and sunday school that we just don't know what else to do with him! Anyway, Mr. Rochester took Trotwood to the second half of nursery today and he said that everything was great and very organized. The kids had a snack, a lesson, singing time and they played. And Trotwood seemed to love it all...although we found out afterward that he dumped out a whole pitcher of water all over the floor! Oh well. Thank you to all the nursery workers out there for being patient with children like mine!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Little Children

I'm grateful for little children! Some of our best friends just had their first child this past week and I got to hold all 6 lbs of him! He is so precious and I'm so grateful for the joy little children can bring into our lives. As mischevious as our own little boy can be, we are so glad he is ours. It's hard to remember what my life was like before he came into this world!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Church

I'm grateful to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Being a member of this church has blessed my life in countless ways. I am grateful for the peace I feel when I read the scriptures and the knowledge I have of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Despite the challenges that I've faced in my life, I have always been able to receive comfort and peace from the gospel.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Bunso

Definition: bunso \BOON so\, noun
1. A filipino term meaning youngest.
The gentleman in this picture surrounded by two children is my younger brother. He is the bunso in our family and I am so grateful for him! My younger brother is a super smart guy with a great sense of humor. Again, I'm not sure if we really became "friends" until we were both older with much of that being due to my being a selfish teenager who thought it was uncool to hang out with a brother four years her junior. Now, I'd say he's pretty cool, at least according to my standards. It's so fun to talk with him about movies, music, or politics and just exchange friendly banter. We don't talk half as much as I'd like (as with all my siblings) but we all have busy lives and I'm just glad we can keep in touch via blogs and facebook. My younger brother has been such a great example of fortitude, determination, and overcoming obstacles in his life. I'm so grateful for his example and grateful that he is our bunso!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

It begins

I suppose I spoke too soon in yesterday's post. This morning, Trotwood woke up at 6 am. After letting him fuss for awhile, I got him out of bed, changed his diaper, and gave him a sippy cup of milk before leaving him to play in his room with his door closed while I got ready for work. He is used to this routine and usually just plays in his room until he yells for another diaper change (it's like clockwork). Around 7:30, Trotwood started yelling and I figured it was time to let him out of his room. Since my ride for work would arrive any minute, I asked Mr. Rochester if he wanted me to let Trotwood out of his room or if he was just going to do it after he finished getting ready. Mr. Rochester said to wait. So, I did. I hurried into the kitchen to get my breakfast together and suddenly, the yelling from Trotwood's room stopped. Oh, I thought, he must have found something else in his room to entertain him for a few minutes. He's probably pulling out all of his clothes from his drawers {a favorite activity of his}. Then, I turn around.
And there he is.
Right behind me.
Smiling.
With a look that says
Look at me, mommy!
I'm not in my room anymore,
and I did it all by myself!
And, so, it begins.
{P.S. I used to be thankful for doorknobs, but now I am thankful for child safety locks. Because, really, they keep my child safe.}

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

First Haircut

Last week, Trotwood got his first haircut. In a matter of minutes, he went from this
to this
side view
Family photo at the salon!
I almost cried. I can't believe how big my baby is getting. Before we arrived at the salon, I was positive that I was going to have to hold Trotwood on my lap throughout the duration of his haircut. Yet, Trotwood surprised us all by sitting in the chair all by himself and by behaving absolutely perfectly while he was getting his haircut. Of course, all the credit is due to our wonderful hairdresser who supplied him with one tootsie roll pop right after another (he finished two of them at the salon). It's amazing how well a rambunctious little boy will behave when he's busy with a lollipop! Trotwood's new haircut makes him look like such a little boy! Although we like his haircut, Mr. Rochester and I immediately missed Trotwood's unruly baby hair and joked that perhaps Trotwood will not get another haircut until this time next year.

An hour or so before Trotwood's haircut, we went to the doctor's office for his 15 month check-up. Our wild thing of a child is 33.5 inches tall (100th%tile) and weighs 25 lbs (55th%tile). I knew he was getting heavier but I didn't realize how tall he was getting! Maybe that's why he has no problem turning the doorknobs although, thank heavens, he still hasn't figured out he needs to turn and push to open the doors. Of course, at the doctor's office, Trotwood was less than thrilled about getting shots. We had to pin him down to the exam table for his shots where he proceeded to scream bloody murder. Poor guy. Last time he got shots, we distracted him with a book (he was sitting on my lap), and he didn't make a peep!

So, today, I am grateful for our hairdresser for taking the time to cut our little guy's hair and since it was his first haircut, it was free!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Kuya

Definition: kuya \koo ya\, noun
1. A filipino term meaning older brother.
For some reason, I love this picture. It was taken a few years ago at a friend's house. I know my eyes are almost closed and it's not the most flattering picture of me and my older brother (hello, double chins on both of us!) but I like our smiles. When we were growing up, my brother would always pick on me and do things on purpose to aggravate me. I think all older brothers must do this to some extent to younger sisters/siblings. As I got older, I realized he did all those annoying things not only because he loved teasing me but also because he just loved me. I appreciate all the advice he's given me over the years, all the times he listened to me whine and complain about school, boys, and other silly things, and all the love and bear hugs he's given me. Now we are friends and I love visiting with him and his wondeful family. My older brother is a great guy who, like his big mouth, has a big heart too. I'm so grateful for my older brother. I love my kuya.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Time

I am grateful for time. I am grateful for the time that I have been given here on earth. Like most people, I've experienced some hard things but I have also had some truly wonderful experiences. I have been blessed exceedingly and I am so thankful for my wonderful husband, my son, and my daughter with whom I look forward to being reunited some day. I'm grateful for those difficult things we experience that help us grow and make ourselves better people. As hard as some of the challenges we face may be, they often mold us into who we are. In the future, I hope that I can handle situations better and sanely apply the things I've learned to future challenges I may face. I read somewhere that Albert Einstein defined insanity as "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results" (not sure if that is an accurate quote or not but even if he didn't say it, I still like the definition). So far, turning 30 hasn't been so bad. Now that it's happened, I've got a few more goals for myself. So, here's to a great year!!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Yum

I recently ordered this cookbook by America's Test Kitchen and I LOVE it. In my opinion, America's Test Kitchen puts out some of the best cookbooks with the tastiest recipes. They test every single one of the recipes in their cookbooks and then put the "best" one in their cookbook. This healthy cookbook contains delicious recipes and each recipe lists the calorie/fat content for each recipe. One of the things I like most about this healthy cookbook is that the food you cook doesn't taste like diet food. The one thing I don't like about the cookbook is that some of the ingredients for the recipes can be a little hard to find. For example, we'd like to try making one of the soup recipes, Moroccan Chickpea Soup, but it calls for saffron threads. Now, I'm no master chef but I've never heard of saffron threads (yes, I just looked it up on the internet) but I have no idea where we might be able to find those...or how expensive they might be. Anyway, Mr. Rochester and I have been cooking meals out of this cookbook for the last couple months and we've both dropped a few pounds. So, I'm grateful for learning how to cook more heathily.

Friday, November 12, 2010

That feeling

I'm grateful for that feeling of accomplishment and relief you get after you finish a big project. This past week, we had a big event that I was in charge of planning and now it is OVER. Everything went well and although I learned a lot and gained some good experience, I'm glad it is over and that things went smoothly.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

This girl

I'm thankful for my sister. When we were kids, my sister and I didn't get along very well. Most of that was probably my fault because I was a selfish teenager and older sister. I wish I could go back and change the way I interacted with my brothers and sister was younger but since that isn't possible, I can, at least, use the present to better myself. My sister is a wonderful person. She is one of the most charitable, generous, nurturing people I've ever met. We still have very different personalities and don't talk or see each other very often, but I am grateful she is my sister.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Pillow

I'm grateful for my pillow. Shortly after Mr. Rochester and I got married, we bought our first mattress, which we still use to this day. You may be thinking, well, didn't you need a mattress to sleep on right after you got married? Yes, of course, we did. However, we lived in Provo, Utah in a furnished apartment and slept on the not-so-wonderful mattress that was in the apartment. After many sleepless nights, we bought our first mattress from the furniture kingdom of RC Willey. While we were there, I fell in love with a pillow. You know, when you're mattress shopping and lay on the mattress in the store to make sure it feels right? Well, I also put my head on the pillow that was on the mattress and well despite the price tag, it had to be mine. I have never once regretted buying that pillow and have slept on it every night I have been in my own bed for the past five years.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Automobile

I'm thankful for a functioning automobile. Even though Mr. Rochester and I only have one automobile, we've made it work for the last four years. Actually, it's kind of nice sometimes because we get to spend more time together since we usually have to drop each other off or pick each other up somewhere. Eventually, I'm sure we'll have to get another automobile but for the time being, one is still working just fine for us. Oh, and I'm also thankful for friends and coworkers who are willing to carpool.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Chocolate

Oh, and today I'm grateful for chocolate. Y'know, sometimes, when things just get crazy, I just need to sit down and take a chocolate break. Biting into that delicious piece of dark chocolate helps me gather my thoughts and take a step back. Milk chocolate is, of course, delicious but I've been digging the dark chocolate lately...one piece at a time.

DST

Like us, I'm sure everyone else with children is suffering from the after effects of Daylight Savings Time but I have some questions.

Will my child ever get used to the time change or will he continue to wake up an hour earlier until we "spring forward"? I need answers, people! I'm not loving my child being awake at 6 am or earlier the last two mornings - I've got things to do while he sleeps!

Saturday night, I thought I was so smart by keeping him up an hour later because I was thinking, of course, he'll be so tired he'll want to sleep in later that next day. Not so. Trotwood's internal alarm clock woke him up at his normal time, which of course, is an hour earlier now. Thanks a million, to whoever thought up Daylight Savings Time!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Glasses

I am thankful for glasses. They help me see and get rid of headaches associated with eye straining. And, they can be cute accessories.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Shoes

I am thankful for shoes, especially cute ones.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Nature

I'm thankful for nature! I love when we have beautiful weather outside. Trotwood always wants to go outside. I don't know what we're going to do when it gets too cold to go play outside. Every day, I'm amazed by how much interest Trotwood can find in the smallest little creation in nature.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Internet

I'm grateful for the internet and how it connects us to people we love and with whom we sometimes lose touch. I remember in the 90s when our high school became connected to the world wide web. Of course, it wasn't as advanced as it is now and we had those blue screens whenever we used email, but it was still amazing to be able to send a message to someone and then receive a reply a few minutes later! And now besides email, we have blogs, social networking sites, and other websites that help us connect, reconnect, and stay connected with our friends and family members. All of this connection to everyone eventually decreased the amount of phone calling I do to those dear to me and I think, at some point, it will be time to reconnect with the phone.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Goals

I'm thankful for the ability that we have to set and achieve goals for ourselves. Recently, I was talking to someone about a lofty goal of mine that could also be categorized as a dream, and my friend jokingly said "I think you should grow up!" Instead of trying to achieve this lofty goal, my friend thought I should put aside the starry eyed child in me and accept the life of adulthood, no matter how drab and boring it may be at times. In a way, my friend has a good point. Sometimes, you just need to be realistic, but I also think it is important that we find things in our every day lives that give us enjoyment and achievement. We need to make goals and be able to feel successful about ourselves, and I'm grateful that I can do that. It's nice to be able to make goals and see the progress I've made toward some of them while some of them are more...progressive goals.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Lessons

Today, I am grateful for the lessons I continue to learn about patience and selflessness. That's all I have to say about that.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Thirty Things

I'm going to be 30 years old in a few weeks. Usually, I don't have issues with birthdays, but for some reason, this year, I just don't want to turn 30. Maybe it's the vain part of myself that is focusing on those few gray hairs that have popped up or that fine line that has appeared under my left eye or those few pounds that I still haven't shed from having two babies. Sometimes, it's so easy to forget the wonderful things in our lives and focus on our perceptions of what is wrong with ourselves.

This past Sunday, my husband and I spoke in church and while I was preparing my talk, I came across a talk by Elder Henry B. Eyring entitled O Remember, Remember. He talked about how sometimes we can forget God and the blessings we've been given. He said "It can...be hard to remember Him when our lives go badly. When we struggle, as so many do, in grinding poverty or when our enemies prevail against us or when sickness is not healed, the enemy of our souls can send his evil message that there is no God or that if He exists He does not care about us. Then it can be hard for the Holy Ghost to bring to our remembrance the lifetime of blessings the Lord has given us from our infancy and in the midst of our distress."

Then, I read a talk by Barbara Thomspon entitled Mind the Gap where she talked about how even though we know that we are children of God, "it seems that at times of hardship or difficulty we have a tendency to doubt or forget this. Some have said such things as: 'If God really loved me, He would not let this illness come upon my child.' 'If God loved me, He would help me find a worthy husband I could be married and sealed to in the holy temple.' 'If God loved me, we would have enough money to buy a house for our family.' Or, 'I have sinned and so God couldn’t possibly love me anymore.'” She said "You need to know that there is nothing that can “separate [you] from the love of Christ.” The scriptures clearly tell us that no tribulation, distress, persecution, power, nor any other creature can separate us from the love of God" (Romans 8:35-39)...“It is the Holy Ghost that testifies of the reality of God and allows us to feel the joy of His love.”

So, instead of focusing on the negative aspects of aging and the things that I have yet to accomplish in my life, I've decided to try and focus on the blessings I've been given and the things for which I am grateful. I can be "thirty, flirty, and thriving!" Since there are 30 days in November and I'm turning 30 this month, my goal is to post every day, one reason or blessing I've been given for which I am grateful. And today, I am grateful for my family. I have been abundantly blessed in the love I receive and the love that I have for my spouse and my children and I am so grateful for them.