Saturday, December 20, 2008

What If They Hokey Pokey Really Is What It's All About......And Other Random Thoughts

As most of you know my grandmother passed away on December 12th, 2008 due to complications from heart surgery. It was very unexpected and her death has been very hard for me to deal with. Thank You to everyone who has sent their condolences. I really appreciate it.

On a happier note..... My baby actually looks like a baby now!! My blog widget has really freaked me out a little bit, but I noticed today that my little creature now resembles a human! Yay! We go in Monday morning to hear the heartbeat. I've felt so good- I don't even feel pregnant except for the fact that I'm getting a little bit of a baby bump.

I'm usually one of those people who have all their Christmas shopping done by Thanksgiving. Well, I haven't even really started. If anybody has any fabulous ideas for Jordyn I'd really appreciate it. I'm thinking a Karaoke machine would be great for her, but Roudy says she'd have to shut herself in her bedroom to be able to use it! Now, that's not very nice...........

Friday, December 12, 2008

Asking For Prayers......

My grandma had open heart surgery yesterday and things didn't go even close to as planned. I'm asking for prayers on her behalf. For a detailed explanation of what happened, click on my step moms blog......

Thursday, December 11, 2008

All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth.....

Jaxon lost his 6th tooth today- Finally!! He had to have the four bottom teeth pulled out almost 2 years ago due to a wrestling injury. Then he bumped his front teeth on something and knocked them loose, too. One of the front teeth came out, but the other one has been dead and loose for quite a while so I'm glad it's finally out!! I'm glad we didn't lose four at once again.....I hear the going rate for the Tooth Fairy is $5.00 a tooth!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Nutcracker 2008

Jordy did the Nutcracker Ballet on December 5th and 6th this year. This year Jordyn was a Butterscotch Princess and a Fairy. I'm so proud of her- she did great!

My little Prima Ballerina
Jordyn and her cousin, Jozlyn
Jordyn, Jozlyn, and some annoying kid in the background ;)
Jordyn in her Fairy costume
Jordyn in her Butterscotch Princess costume
Jordyn and her proud mommy after the show
Jordyn with all of her flowers

Wrestling- Fall 2008

Sorry- I know the picture is horrible. A picture of a picture never seems to work out......

Jaxon had a wrestling tournament Friday night and he ended up with a first place medal! He had a great season, only losing 1 time (to a kid 5 lbs. heavier.) He has had wrestling 4 nights a week for the last couple months and I'm definitely ready for a break! We get about 6 weeks off and then the craziness really begins with a 5 month freestyle season!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

The Stockings Were Hung...

I got sick of waiting for Roudy to find time to put up our Christmas tree we cut down a couple weeks ago, so I went downstairs into the basement of death and found a few little Christmas things I could put up by myself.

I'm having major anxiety about having another family member and not having another stocking hanger for her.......
This is the ONLY good thing about having an elk head in my house....

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

My Body Is Being Taken Over

Anybody that knows me knows that I HATE eggs. They smell like a fart, have a terrible consistency, and are just plain gross. And yet, that's all I wanted to eat for the first 6 weeks of my pregnancy. I didn't just want any old egg- I wanted the yolk runny so I could dip my toast in it. And I hate egg yolk. I've had pregnancy cravings before, but it's always been stuff that I actually liked. The only thing I can figure out is that maybe my body was needing protein? I'm just glad that my little egg craving has passed, for now. Today I had to go to the store to get my mom some orange juice and the nice lady at Albertson's tried to give Trason a potato wedge. He didn't want it so, of coarse, I ate it....and wanted more. I got myself a half pound and sat in the car and ate them. The whole time I was stuffing my face with potato wedges, I honestly had EXTREME guilt. I knew I shouldn't be eating those, and yet I couldn't stop myself. I'm scared.......

Monday, December 1, 2008

Another Plus..

I went to the mall today. It was hell. I haven't done ANY Christmas shopping yet and usually I'm done by now. Anyway, I decided I'd splurge a little and get the kids one of those firetruck strollers at the mall to keep them contained. Well, I managed to get one without buckles so I spent 3 hours chasing Trason thru the mall. It was a good time....

I bought the baby some clothes today, too! Yay! I bought girl clothes because the pencil test says I'm having a girl. The pencil test doesn't lie- it's like a weeji board (only you don't have to sell your soul to the devil.) As I was leaving I noticed one of those "expectant mother" parking spots that are always right up front by the Handicap spots. Next time I go to the mall I'm totally taking advantage of that!! I already know that people will be like, "I can't believe that girl parked in a spot for pregnant women. How rude!" There's no rule saying you have to be showing to park in one of those, right?

**Is anybody else freaked out by my baby widget? I swear that little things tail keeps getting longer and longer and I swear I just saw something that looked like a snake's tongue hissing coming out of my "baby's" "mouth"..........

Monday, November 24, 2008

New School Pictures For 2008

Jaxon Roudy Keller- 1st grade
Jordyn Lisa Keller- Preschool
Trason Kade Keller- 3 years old

Baby Update

I went to my first OB appointment today. My due date is July 24, 2009- 3 days before my 8th anniversary! It still doesn't feel like I'm pregnant. I think I'm kind of still in shock mode. I've felt completely great- Not even a hint of morning sickness (knock on wood!) I guess once my belly starts to show I'll start feeling more pregnant. I've decided to change my tune a little bit, too. Since I've found out I'm pregnant I've been a little ungrateful, I think. I've had to tell a few of my friends that can't have babies on their own that I'm pregnant and I'm sure they have wanted to strangle me with my "why me" attitude. I'm very grateful that my body LOVES to be pregnant and I'm grateful that pregnancy is easy for me. Not to mention my 3-4 hour labor where I only have to push 1 time for about 30 seconds- That's awesome! I promise there will be no more "poor me" over the amazing act of having a child. I can't promise there won't be any crying, however. My OB told me today that I needed to be eating 2400 calories a day- that made me cry!! I can't mentally get myself to that point yet, but I'm working on it..........

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Deep Breaths

I've been taking a lot of deep breaths since I found out that I'm pregnant. I always get embarrassed to tell people I'm pregnant because I feel like I have a scarlet letter on my chest. Anyway, I'm coming to terms with it. It came as such a shock because on November 1st we put $1500 into Roudy's "Flex Spending " medical account for 2009. That was to cover Jaxon's speech ($800 a year), getting Jaxon's tonsils out, and Roudy's VASECTOMY. Little did we know that I was already pregnant! There are so many very vain and selfish reasons that I didn't want another child, but as I'm getting used to the idea, I'm getting excited. The kids are really excited- they ALL want a little sister so hopefully I don't disappoint! Jordy is especially excited. She talks about the baby all the time- and always says "she" or "her". I always thought that I only wanted one girl, but I've realized what Jordy would be missing out on if she didn't have a sister. There's nothing like a sisterly bond. I keep telling Roudy that if he loved me he would hide my bathroom scale- but it's not missing yet. After losing 27 pounds and being 1 pound away from my goal weight, it's going to be horrible to watch that number creep back up. But, at the same time I keep thinking "Thank heavens I didn't get pregnant when I was almost 30 pounds heavier!" As expected my emotions are out of control, I have had a horrible headache for about 2 weeks now, and I'm exhausted. That's how Roudy knew I was pregnant. The night before we found out, I was laying in bed bawling. He asked me what was wrong and I just kept saying "I'm tired. I'm so exhausted." He was like "oh crap. You're pregnant!" I haven't sorted everything out in my head yet, like where we will actually put this baby and things like that, but I know everything happens for a reason and this is in the Lords hands now, not mine. Everything will be fine......

Monday, November 17, 2008

Oops........We did it agian

Will somebody please tell me how this happened? We were DONE.......... I'm in shock. I'll post more later when I get my emotions under control!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

I'm Getting Discouraged......

I'm only two pounds away from the goal weight I set for myself back in June. I should be ecstatic, right? Well, I was until I went downstairs and found my old clothes- the ones from before I got pregnant with Trason- the ones I haven't worn in 4 years. I grabbed two pair of jeans and took them to my room to try them on.... Not even close. So, back downstairs they went into the "I'll probably never wear these again" box. I was complaining to Roudy- it went like this:

me: "I'm so frustrated! I've been working out 5 days a week since June, I'm counting calories, I've lost 26 pounds. Why can't I even get one leg into my old pants?"

roudy: "Well, you could be more frustrated. You could have tried these pants on 5 months ago and not been able to even get a calve in them!"

At first I laughed, and then I was like "what a jerk!" But, I know he was only teasing me and that was his way of telling me how far I've come. I am grateful for the success I've had, and I'm grateful that I have a healthy body that's capable of exercise, blah, blah, blah.......but I'm still frustrated.....

Monday, November 10, 2008

Wild One....

I heard this song on the radio the other day and it brought back a lot of memories! All growing up my parents would tell me that this was my theme song whenever it came on the radio. I always did feel like it suited me pretty well....

Most of you probably remember when I got my tattoo and my belly button pierced in high school. My mom was like, "Mindy! Your body is a temple!" Want to know what my response was? "Ya, well, mine's just decorated better than everybody else's!" Just for the record, if Jordy ever says anything like that to me, I'll probably slap her. But, I guess what goes around, comes around! Yesterday in primary we were talking about how our body is a temple and we shouldn't get tattoo's. I just dread the day my kids are like, "my mom has a tattoo!" I guess the moral of this story is....... mother really does know best!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Jaxon's 2nd Set of Stitches..

If you have a queasy stomach, don't read this post.......

Jaxon was playing tackle football with the neighbor boys today and ended up with a split lip. Luckily, we know a good doctor! We ran him to my dad at the ER and grandpa stitched him up. Jaxon really didn't care about the stitch, he was more worried about why he couldn't go home and play some more football. I told him he couldn't play football at recess for a couple days- that really made him cry! He's definatly a die hard......

I didn't get a picture before we went to the hospital. This was a couple hours after
the fact and his lip is hardly swollen at all.
Luckily it was a straight cut, so only one stich to hold it together.

Thursday, November 6, 2008


My "little" brother got his mission call today. I was scared to death. I've always told him I thought he'd go somewhere very poor and out of this country because I thought he had some life lessons to learn. When it came right down to it, I changed my mind. I didn't want him to go out of the states! You'll have to watch the video to hear where he's going.......

Me and Brian
We're both smiling huge because I'm getting ready to jump
into his arms and do the dead weight thing!
Brian opening his call
Brian had a bazillion friends there to see where he was going,
but I guess he needed to text the one friend
that couldn't make it ............
Uncle "Fryan" with all the monkeys


My little brother, Brian, got his mission call today. We're having the "letter opening" celebration at my house. I'm so nervous.....

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

I'm A Little Concerned.....

After dinner tonight I said to Roudy, "Are you going to go vote?" And Jaxon yells from the other room, "Vote for Obama!" I asked Jaxon how he even knew that name and he said, "We had a vote at school today. I voted for Obama." So I asked him why he voted for Obama. His answer? "He's going to send money to Africa to people that don't have any money." Then I say, "Jaxon, where do you think he's going to get that money?" Realization hit him and he just said, "Oh."
I'm concerned, not only that they are teaching my 1st grader politics at school, but at how many people are going to vote for Obama not knowing the whole story......

Monday, November 3, 2008

O C D......

I was going through all of the kids clothes and putting the ones that were too small into a bag to take downstairs. As I was pulling the clothes off the hanger, I would just throw the hanger on the floor. Well, I asked Jordyn to pick up all the hangers for me so I could put them in the laundry room. I came back in her room and found all the hangers color coordinated. Looks like Jordy inherited her dad's mad organizing skills....

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Halloween 2008

We had a great Halloween this year! We took the kids to the church for trunk or treat at 6:00, then went to the gay neighbors house (we don't discriminate when candy is involved!), went to a few other neighbors house, went to Grandparents and then hit a neighborhood that has houses close together. We trick or treated for 3 hours and by the end the kids had to have Roudy hold their bags because they were so full!

Remember when you were a kid and the best part of trick or treating was coming home and dumping your goods onto the floor and seeing what you got? Then you could eat it all at once or hide it and eat it little by little. The candy was YOURS and you didn't have to share. Well, Roudy took that away from our kids. I came home today and he had "organized" the candy. He had the sugary stuff like sweet tarts and skittles in one bag, chocolate in another, etc... He even opened all the little packages of Milk Duds and Whoppers and put them in their own bag. He was so proud. What a loser. Now the kids don't have their very own candy bags to go through. 20 years from now the kids will bring this up in therapy..........

Our Little Family
Grandma Gay Lyn and Papa Ray with the Munchkins
The "Strawberry" Grandma and Grandpa with the Kids
*My grandpa grows an amazing garden, so they are the "strawberry grandparents"
Me and Lover Boy at Trunk or Treat
(I know I look like hell. Did I mention I have Pink Eye?)
Trason as "The Incredible Hulk"
Jordy Sue as "Dorothy" with Toto, Ruby Red Slippers, and all
Jaxon as a "Star Trooper"
All my little Monsters

Thursday, October 30, 2008

What The Heck.......

I woke up in the middle of the night with pink eye. I could not open my eyes no matter how hard I tried. GROSS! I don't get it. I try to keep a clean house, so why is everyone always getting sick? And how did a grown woman get pink eye? Do you think I need to throw my contacts away? Do you think I can even wear contacts with pink eye?

*For all you people wondering "why is she asking us? Her dad's a doctor, " I called him already. He didn't answer. Imagine that.......

I'm really wishing my camera didn't have the red eye reduction thingy. I tried to take a pic of my eyes because really, you wouldn't believe it. Too bad we had our Halloween party last weekend because my eyes would go great with a warewolf costume or something scary! It turns out I CAN'T wear my contacts for a week. Great. I can already feel the headaches coming on. And when I was putting on a little mascara this morning Jordy says to me, "Mom, I think grandpa said you can't wear that." Thank you, mother.....

Wednesday, October 29, 2008


I got this emailed to me from Roudy's ex-brother-in-law, Trent. Thought I would share............

'Twas the night before elections*
*And all through the town*
*Tempers were flaring*
*Emotions all up and down!*
*I, in my bathrobe*
*With a cat in my lap*
*Had cut off the TV*
*Tired of political crap.*
*When all of a sudden*
*There arose such a noise*
*I peered out of my window*
*Saw Obama and his boys*
*They had come for my wallet*
*They wanted my pay*
*To give to the others*
*Who had not worked a day!*
*He snatched up my money*
*And quick as a wink*
*Jumped back on his bandwagon*
*As I gagged from the stink*
*He then rallied his henchmen*
*Who were pulling his cart*
*I could tell they were out*
*To tear my country apart!*
*' On Fannie, on Freddie, *
*On Biden and Ayers!*
*On Acorn, On Pelosi'*
*He screamed at the pairs!*
*They took off for his cause*
*And as he flew out of sight*
*I heard him laugh at the nation*
*Who wouldn't stand up and fight!*
*So I leave you to think*
*On this one final note-*

Monday, October 27, 2008

The Football Player and The Cheerleader

On Friday Roudy and I went to an adult Halloween party that we go to every year. This is the first year we really dressed up. Last year Roudy safety pinned candy all over his shirt and went as a "sugar daddy." This year we decided to go all out. The party always starts out with a scavenger hunt, so we are running all over town in our costumes with people staring at us. It's actually really fun! Our partners this year dressed up as Batman and Batgirl so when we went in to these public places all the little kids went crazy yelling "Batman!" That was going to be our excuse if we lost- "Batman had to sign autographs!" But we didn't have to worry about that. We won!

Me and My Best Neighbor girls
Becky- Batgirl and Tiffany- Hillary Clinton

Me and My Super Hot Football Player
Becky and Kevin
(they won the costume contest)

You Might Be A Redneck If...

This weekend we loaded up the kids and went to Arco for a weekend at Grandma and Grandpa's house. Roudy took his hunting stuff so he could get in a few hours of deer hunting. Well, he went out for a couple hours and shot a deer with his bow. But, guess what? He didn't bring his truck. He was going to leave the deer at his parents house and then go back with his truck to get the deer. Since I'm a cheap wad I said "just tie it on top of the van." At first he was like 'no way', but then he saw the light! We had to drive down 17th street and there was more than one person that literally pointed and laughed at us. Poor Roudy. Having to drive your beautiful beast home on top of the mini van? Total buzz kill.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


A woman was asked by a co-worker, "What is it like to be a Christian?"

The woman replied, "It's like being a pumpkin. God picks you from the patch, brings you in, and washes all the dirt off of you. Even if you're not the perfect shape or the best looking, He loves you just the same. Then He cuts off the top and scoops out all the yucky stuff. He removes the seeds of doubt, hate, and greed. After that, He carves you a new smiling face and puts His light inside of you to shine for all the world to see."

Monday, October 20, 2008

A Great Weekend

Roudy came home early from hunting so we decided to do something fun with the kids. I wanted to take the kids to a corn maze (where our journey began) but there aren't any corn mazes for 300 miles. I did find a Straw Maze in Rexburg, so that's where we headed. It was fun for the kids, but not nearly as challenging as a corn maze. We got through the first time in about 10 minutes. Then we decided to go backwards and that took a few minutes. So, we decided to get our money's worth and go through 1 more time. By that time it had gotten late enough that kids in costumes were hiding throughout the maze scaring people and the kids thought that was pretty fun. However, we couldn't find our way out this time! We took a wrong turn somewhere and kept going in a dead end circle. Finally, after about 45 minutes, we found our way out.

Me and My Love at the Straw Maze The Kiddos at the Straw Maze

I've taught him well! Jaxon had to pee really bad but he said "I'd rather pee my pants than use one of those port-a-pottys!" Atta Boy......
Have you ever seen a cuter bum? Like Father, Like Son...
And notice Jordyn peeking? Like Mother, Like Daughter.......... :)
On Friday night my mom had a fun little Halloween party for the grand kids. First we went to Arctic Circle for dinner, then headed to grandma's for some fun. They painted pumpkins, went on treasure hunts, played "pin the nose on the pumpkin", and even had a fishing pond. The kids thought they had died and gone to heaven!

Jaxon and his prized pumpkin
Jordy and her pumpkin
Trason painting his pumpkin (and being naughty, as usual!)
Jaxon playing "pin the nose on the pumpkin." Notice he's putting his sticker EXACTLY where it's supposed to go? What a cheater.....Like father, Like son...... :)

Friday, October 17, 2008

If You Can't Beat 'Em, Join 'Em.........

Since it's hunting season and that's what a lot of people are talking about right now, I thought I'd add my pictures from the time I "drew" a bull tag. Someday when the kids get a little older, I'll be back out there with my man. Here's the story on this bull....

Roudy worked all night and then left work to go look for me a bull. Well, he found a monster for me so he turned around to come back to Idaho Falls and get me so I could shoot it. We called Roudy's mom and had her meet us in Arco so she could take the kids for the night. So, we traded cars and off we went. We hiked a little ways (okay, a long ways for me) and found the bulls Roudy had spotted earlier. So, he tries to get me set up to shoot, but I can't find a rock I like. I only practiced shooting a couple times before we went out hunting. Both times I cried because I was scared to shoot the gun. Anyway, I can't find a comfortable shooting position and Roudy's like "Mindy, you're killing me!" I have no doubt he thought about ripping the gun out of my hand and shooting it himself. Well, across the canyon there was a decent bull just standing there all by himself. He was practically posing for me. So, I found a comfortable rock to shoot off of and set up for the shot. I nailed the poor thing, but it just stood there. So, I set up for another shot- through the neck this time. That finally got him and we celebrated and then hiked over to him. (By the way, it was a 348 yard shot. Go me!) Everything was all good as we got over to the bull and started taking all these pictures. Then, all of a sudden, Roudy and this other guy that went with us cut the head off, throw it to the side, and start gutting this animal. Of coarse, I start to cry and Roudy's all annoyed. So, we take the head down the trail with us and throw it in Roudy's mom's suburban- I'm sure she was thrilled! Long story short, my antlers got stolen out of the back of Roudy's truck at my dad's house. I guess it doesn't matter that I didn't get the monster bull since I have nothing to show for it anyway. The End. And, yes, that's a picture of a picture. I'm high class..........

Don't Cry Tonight...

This is my new favorite song! It should be my theme song because it seems like I always get emotional at nighttime. Roudy left this morning to go hunting until Sunday night, so I might just have to picture him laying next to me singing "Don't cry tonight, I still love you baby........" :)

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

First I cried....Then I Got Mad

It's very possible I ate my favorite food for the last time today. Every time I go to Sam's Club I get a soft pretzel. They aren't as good as the one's from the mall, but they're only a dollar. So, today I go to Sam's to stock up on frozen foods and get my soft pretzel. After I ate the stupid thing I decided I should go ask if they have the nutrition facts for their food. There are 180 calories in 1/3 of a soft pretzel. Who only eats 1/3 of a pretzel? Not me. So I ate 540 calories in approximatly 2 minutes. I felt like I was going to cry when I read that. Not only did I just eat almost half my calories for the day- I'm still hungry! The kids got a slice of pizza and shared it. Guess how many calories are in a slice of Sam's Club pizza? There are 679 calories. HOLY CRAP! I guess I get to eat rabbit food for the rest of the day. Thanks a lot stupid pretzel....

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

We Need A Wife.....

Just the other day, as I was doing laundry, I was telling Roudy, "Ya know, we could use a wife." He just kind of looked at me and said "we could?" "Think about it," I say, "somebody to do the laundry and cook the meals and wash the dishes." I don't think he really knows what goes into being a GOOD wife. His meal is sitting on the table waiting for him promptly at 6:00 pm every night, he never has to wash his own clothes. In fact, one time he was trying to wash his hunting clothes (I was probably on strike) and he yells to me "Honey, how do you turn this thing on?" He has NEVER ONCE loaded or unloaded the dishwasher. He will rinse off the dishes, but that's as far as it goes. His excuse, "I just hate it." Guess what, Roud? I hate it, too. I'm sure there are many things that go into being a good husband, too. I don't do yard work. Sorry, Roud, but "I just hate it." and I don't clean the basement because "I just hate it." That excuse can go both ways, Lover Boy........

This was our dinner last night.....

Homemade Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
Salad with homemade Ranch and all the fixins and wait, is that homemade bread?

Just to be fair, Roudy cooks on the weekends. I don't cook on Friday nights and I don't cook breakfast (I just hate it....). Roudy always cooks the kids french toast, eggs, sausage, and hash browns on Saturday and Sunday Mornings. While he was away hunting a couple weeks ago, I made the kids scrambled eggs for breakfast. The kids were like, "This is groooosssss. When will dad be home? He's the best Chef. Do I really have to eat these?" And yet, if I ever take a few hours and go shopping with my mom, it's always a joke of when Roudy will call. Every time I leave for a few hours (okay, a lot of hours. My mom is a serious shopper...) Roudy will call and say "The kids are hungry. When are you coming home?" My mom's always like "Can't he fix a box of macaroni and cheese or make a peanut butter sandwich?"

Sunday, October 12, 2008

WTF (I meant Frick.I don't know what you were thinking...)

Look what we woke up to this morning. 9 days ago it was almost in the 90's and now it's in the 30's. I guess it's not a big shock to most of us how fast the weather can change here in Idaho. It's supposed to be back to the mid 60's by this friday. WTF?

This is the view from our back door.
The view from the front door.
Another front door view.
**This post was Roudy's idea. I would NEVER use bad language like that...