Saturday, February 24, 2007

Date Night

Richie took me on a date last night. This is not a common occurance, partly because of our baby, and partly because he usually isn't available on Friday nights to take me out. He bought tickets to a Broadway show and got his friends from class to watch Richie and we took a drive into the city. We should have known better than to drive into New York on a Friday night, but like I said, we have been converted to taking our car. Everything was fine on the turnpike until we approached the Lincoln Tunnel and the road turned into a virtual parking lot. We heard on the radio that there was a 45 minute delay on the inbound Lincoln and our show started in 30. After taking over 45 minutes to get about 10 miles, we were pretty disappointed.

The play we were going to is called "Looking Glass Alice". It is kind of an updated version of Alice in Wonderland that incorporates a lot of circus elements into the show. It is intended for children (as well as grownups) so it is not very long, and we had already missed about half of it by the time we finally got into the city. We took the Lincoln Tunnel because it puts you right in the middle of the theatre district, and we found a parking garage immediately after exiting the tunnel. We parked and practically ran down the street to the theatre. It felt like -5 degrees with the wind chill and my lungs felt like they were on fire by the time we speed-walked the two and a half avenues, but we finally got to the theatre 45 minutes late. Luckily, the ushers let us in and we were able to see the second half of the show. It was a fun show, but I wish we could have seen the whole thing.

IT WAS SO COLD IN THE CITY! We wanted to hang out after the play, but it was so cold that it was hard to be outside. We ended up having dinner at the ESPN Zone restaurant, because it was close by. Some day I want to know where the good local restaurants are, the ones that are not tourist traps and charge way too much for a burger. Everything in Times Square is overpriced, but like I said, it was too cold to go exploring other parts of the city.

Even with the traffic and missing the show, it was a fun date with my husband. I was glad he had a night off from rehearsal.

In other news, we finally have insurance and Little Richie saw a doctor yesterday. He finished off his immunization shots, and that was hard, but I am so relieved that we are finally done with it until boosters. We moved just before his first birthday, so he couldn't complete his shots with our other pediatrician. I did not think it would take six months to get him to the doctor, but it is good to have finally done it. The older he gets, the harder it is to get shots, but he is pretty amazing and did really well, considering the circumstances. He was pretty scared of the nurse already, I think he was nervous because we were in a new place and people he didn't know were touching him and he didn't want me to put him down, and then I had to hold him down while he got four shots. He cried pretty hard while he was getting the shots, but as soon as we were done and I picked him up he stopped. It is nice to know that he loves me so much, even if it only lasts a little while.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

The List

100 Things About Me

1. I dreamed of becoming a supermodel when I was younger.
2. I used to hate children.
3. There was a time when I didn't want to have kids.
4. I love being a mom.
5. My son's smile makes me happy.
6. I am worried I am not teaching him enough.
7. I wish I could sing and dance because I want to be on Broadway.
8. Pink is my favorite color.
9. I want another baby.
10. My husband is an amazing actor.
11. I said I would never marry an actor.
12. My husband is from Idaho.
13. I said I would never marry someone from Idaho.
14. I like watching t.v. a lot.
15. I watch too much t.v.
16. My favorite show is The Office.
17. My favorite show is Grey's Anatomy.
18. My favorite show is My Name is Earl.
19. My favorite show is Lost.
20. My favorite show is How I Met Your Mother.
21. I find it difficult to pick absolute favorites and it drives my husband crazy (he is a list making, ratings giving kind of guy).
22. America's Next Top Model is my guilty pleasure.
23. I want to get a master's degree some day.
24. I don't know if I want it to be in theatre.
25. I was the Vice President of a children's theatre for a year.
26. If I didn't have to leave the house, I probably never would.
27. I have never read the Book of Mormon all the way through on my own (I am not so proud of that).
28. I love the Gospel (I'm just not so good at all of it).
29. I could fit into shoes I wore in the sixth grade if I still owned them.
30. I always compare myself to others.
31. I am trying to realize that I don't have to be like anyone else.
32. Imogen Heap is my new favorite musician. (I also really like The Fray).
33. I always liked the things my brothers did (comic books, music, movies, books).
34. I love Logan, Utah.
35. I love New York City
36. I like cats but will probably never have another one, because my husband is allergic to them. (I think he uses that as an excuse, I think he just hates them.)
37. I would like to learn photography.
38. I would like to know how to play the guitar.
39. I have never read "To Kill a Mockingbird".
40. I loved growing up in Blanding.
41. I don't want to live in Blanding again.
42. I love the smell of rain in San Juan County.
43. I find myself watching PBS even when Richie is napping.
44. I have never broken a bone.
45. The only surgery I have ever had is a c-section.
46. I have filled 13 journals.
47. I haven't written in my journal since moving to New Jersey.
48. I like to knit.
49. I like to sew.
50. I like playing tennis.
51. I like rock climbing.
52. I think the night sky in Blanding is more beautiful than anywhere else in the world.
53. Traveling is one of my favorite hobbies.
54. I have been to Canada, England, and France as well as 28 States.
55.I have been to the top of the Eifel Tower.
56. I have been to Versaille.
57. I have been inside the church where William Shakespeare is buried.
58. I love London.
59. I really like eating out.
60. I love fresh fruit.
61. Some of my favorite childhood memories are of sitting on my mom's bed while she read "Anne of Green Gables" and "The Secret Garden" to me and my sisters.
62. I have driven across country three times, to Washington D.C. and back 17 years ago with my family, and moving to New Jersey last year. (Okay, so I didn't actually do any of the driving, but I went along for the ride.)
63. I love my iMac.
64. I only got about three hours of sleep last night because Little Richie would not go to sleep.
65. I LOVE sleeping.
66. I have not had an uninterrupted night of sleep in over two years.
67. Bad drivers make me mad.
68. Rude drivers make me even more upset, it really hurts my feelings when people honk at me (it happens a lot out here).
69. Richie told me he loved me two weeks after we met.
70. I didn't believe him.
71. I am so happy he was persistent.
72. I love Hawaii.
73. I like rock concerts and have seen Tori Amos, Harry Connick, Jr., Depeche Mode, No Doubt, Poe, Sarah McLachlan, and U2 in concert.
74. The older I get the more I realize that grown-ups probably know what they are talking about.
75. I don't feel 30.
76. I love watching Little Richie dance. The boy has rhythm and you should see his sweet moves.
77. I can't remember the names of a lot of people I went to high school with.
78. I used to enjoy sleeping on the front lawn in the summer with my brothers and sisters when we were kids.
79. I was usually the only one who lasted the entire night because it got really cold in the morning.
80. I don't really like camping.
81. The smell of most peoples' perfumes and colognes makes me nauseated.
82. I love springtime, especially blossoming trees.
83. I love the first couple weeks of summer, before it is too hot.
84. I love the colors of autumn.
85. I love the serenity of the morning after a big snow storm, before anything has been plowed, or shoveled.
86. If I could be a deceased celebrity I think I would be Audrey Hepburn (she was so beautiful).
87. I love fairies.
88. My mom and her family call me Pixi.
89. I like fantasy books.
90. As a child I wrote stories about magical lands with elves, unicorns and other magical creatures that you could get to by going behind waterfalls or through tree trunks.
91. The "Emily" series by L.M. Montgomery is one of my favorite sets of books.
92. I am excited for the final Harry Potter book.
93. I hate exercising, but I like the way it makes me feel.
94. I haven't figured out how to exercise regularly since Richie was born.
95. I want to own a house someday.
96. I want to own another house on the beach someday.
97. I like the beach, but I'm afraid of the ocean.
98. If I were a fictional character I would probably be Beth March from "Little Women" but I'd rather be Jo.
99. I want to go to Europe with my husband.
100. I really love my brothers & sisters and my parents.

Worthy is right, 100 is way too much to write about oneself.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Haircut

I finally gave Richie a haircut. I went a little too short, but it will grow back soon. I put his booster seat on the living room floor so that I could strap him down and be able to get all around his head. He sat right down, he seemed to think it was pretty cool that I had brought it into the living room, but I left him strapped down while I went to fill a cup with water and when I came back in he was struggling to crawl towards his bedroom with the booster seat attached to his bum. It was one of the cutest things ever, but I unfortunately did not get a picture. I was able to entertain him with "The Backyardigans" and goldfish while I cut his hair, and he was really good for me. He did get really itchy after a while, but he sat still for the most part. He is such a sweet boy.

Weekend Trip

On Saturday we drove into the city to go to the temple. This was our first time taking our car instead of riding the train, so it felt like an adventure, especially with the recent snow storm and the non-existent parking. Our friend Sasha watched Little Richie at her parents apartment, so he came with us for the ride. It was pretty exciting driving in the city, of course I was not the one driving, Richie might have a different opinion. We have been taking the train and riding the subway so much lately that I was beginning to feel like all I ever saw of New York City was underground and it was nice to drive through the upper west side and through Central Park, to feel like we were actually in the city.

It was comforting knowing that Little Richie was just across town while we were in the temple instead of an hour away in New Jersey, and he had a good time with Sasha and her sister. They walked to a Chinese restaurant for lunch and Little Richie walked most of the block and a half on his own. He enjoyed seeing the dogs that they passed and he was very interested in "reading" the menu at the restaurant (he is really good at gibberish). The ladies that worked there were very entertained and they gave him free treats. It was a busy afternoon for my little man, and he was worn out. When they got back to the apartment they started watching "Beauty and the Beast" and he fell right to sleep. He was asleep when we got back to the apartment and he slept for another couple hours, it was completely precious.

We were hoping to go to Serendipity that afternoon, but Richie slept for so long that we ended up going back to New Jersey without dessert. After driving we realized how nice it is to be in control of our time table. We like mass transit, but sometimes it is frustrating when you miss a train, or have to wait for a train, and have to stop when the train stops. We have been so nervous to drive, but I think we may have been converted this weekend.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

My Love

I used to be one of those girls who HATED Valentine's Day. I was always single and I resented a day that reminded me of that. Now I have the best Valentine a girl could ask for and I finally appreciate the holiday. I love Richie Call. I love that he is young at heart and he keeps me laughing. He calls me Princess and treats me like one. I know our life will be wonderful because he is extremely talented and so driven to succeed. His passion for theatre is exciting and inspiring. Also, we made the cutest baby in the world and I couldn't wish for a better father to my son. Love is a wonderful thing.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Here are some favorite photos of my Valentines.

Richie and Daddy in front of the Washington D.C. Temple.
Liberty State Park, New Jersey.
Last summer at the pool in Logan.

The Christmas tree at Rockafellar Center

Spaghetti dinner, Richie and Daddy's favorite meal.

It has been a good Valentine's Day for us. Richie's classes were canceled today as a result of the big snow storm out here, so we actually get to spend some time together. We didn't think we were going to see each other today and we are happy to be snowed-in. There actually isn't that much snow on the ground, but the roads are bad and most of Richie's instructors commute from the city. This storm in Logan wouldn't even come close to shutting things down, but we are not complaining.

We hope everyone has a good day with their sweethearts.

Thursday, February 8, 2007

Don't let that smile fool you


As a naive, first-time mom, I was positive that I would never have to deal with "terrible two's". Of course the reality is that my sweet, mellow baby has turned into a toddler and is learning the art of the temper tantrum. The latest development is growling. I suppose it is my own fault for teaching him what a polar bear says before any other animal, but he has taken to growling angrily when he is upset with me. On one hand it is pretty cute, but also a little scary.

I haven't figured out how to discipline an eighteen-month-old. He is so little and most of the time he is just exploring and trying to figure things out when he is doing things I don't want him to (like playing with electrical outlets). He so proud that he has figured out how to open the dishwasher, so I am sure he is confused when I scold him for running with the knife he has taken out. He also likes the garbage and recycling cans and I am constantly chasing him away from those. He knows what "no" means, he just doesn't respond to it, and it is frustrating. It is also difficult when he wants something that he cannot have and he has a meltdown and just won't be reasoned with. Ninety percent of the time he is still my calm, lovable baby; I am trying to figure out how to deal with the other ten percent, but all in all I feel pretty blessed to have the boy that I do.

I guess the biggest lesson I am learning from all this is that he learns some of his behavior from watching me. A friend in the ward recently said that our kids are little mirrors of ourselves, and sometimes we don't like what we see, and I have definitely found that to be true. So I guess I should not get worked up over inconsequential things and have mini-outbursts at inanimate objects. That will not solve all of Richie's behavior issues, but at least I won't feel so badly about what he is learning from me.

Monday, February 5, 2007

Transitions

Well, we reached a milestone yesterday; Little Richie went to nursery for the first time. I think it would have been harder for me, but I didn't have time to get nostalgic because it came a few weeks sooner than it should have. I was recently called as a primary teacher and Richie was cast in a show that rehearses during our church time. The first week Richie had rehearsal I tried keeping Little Richie with me in class, but it was impossible to focus on teaching four-year-olds and make sure my child didn't color a mural on the classroom walls. So even though he will not be eighteen-months-old for three more weeks, I dropped him off in nursery yesterday. I was worried because he is reaching the separation anxiety age and he gets pretty angry if he knows we are separated, even by the bathroom door, but he is also really social so I hoped that would counteract the problem. I snuck out before he could realize what was happening, so I don't know if he cried at all, and when I went to pick him up, he acted like I was never gone. He was happy to see me, but he didn't act like he needed to be rescued. I guess it was a pretty big day.

In other news, that cold I couldn't seem to beat turned out to be a sinus infection. I have been taking antibiotics for a week now and am feeling much, much better. Thank goodness my mother-in-law is a nurse.