Tuesday, March 23, 2010


Everyone keeps asking if who our kids look like and if they look like each other. So, here are some comparisons...
Here is Molly today. She is almost 3 months old and is such a wonderful baby. She is usually pretty happy until about 7 or 8 p.m. when she just wants her mom and nobody else (which is fine with me). She is so wide-eyed and is starting to seem interested in the things around her. Benson is still good with her, and can make her smile quicker and bigger than anyone else. She is a great eater and sleeper, which is wonderful. She loves to take baths and just be held. She is similar to Benson as a baby, but she just seems so much sweeter and more fragile than he was. I guess that's just because she's a girl. She already melts her dad's heart. I think she is going to have him wrapped around his finger. We are so glad to have her in our lives. I can't believe she is nearly 3 months old. It has gone fast, and we just love our little Miss Molly.

Here are some pictures from today...

Friday, March 19, 2010

still LOST

Casey and I have been watching LOST since.... I don't know... whenever this maddening show started, I guess. At first we loved it! Before Benson & Molly, we would sit on the love-sac in the living room for hours, even days at a time watching LOST on DVD. My love for the show has slowly turned into slight hatred as very few of my many, many questions have been answered. I cringe when I see in on the DVR, knowing that the island has a plan for me and I am destined to watch it. Then when it's over I always vow never to watch another episode.... but I feel like I've invested so much time into watching it that it would be a waste to quit watching it after this long. I had high hopes for this final season to "wrap it up", but as the weeks go by and LOST is coming to an end, I feel ever more..... LOST!!!!

Anyone else feel LOST?

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Super Duper Easter Candy Deal

So today I went to Rite Aid and got:

4 bags of Reese's Pieces Eggs
6 bags of Reese's Eggs
2 bags of Hershey's Cookies n Creme Eggs
2 bags of Butterfinger Eggs
2 Cadbury Carmel Eggs (4 pk)
1 Cadbury Creme Filled Eggs (4 pk)
1 bag of Hershey's kisses

That is 18 things of Easter Candy (some are for my mom)

Total: $6.90 (including tax)

Here's How:

Buy 9 bags candy @ $1.99 each=$17.91
$3 off $15 Rite Aid STORE coupon (print from link above)
(3) in ad coupons for $2 off 3 candies
(3) manufacturer coupons for $2 off 3 candies (print from link above or use $2/3 (4-4-10) SS-3/14)
Total: $2.91! Only .32 cents a bag! (plus tax)

This is really going to help me lose my "baby weight"

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Android Developer

So Natalie let me get a Nexus One when they came out so I could develop for them. Well I have an game on the market called Reflexes. It is kind of fun, but will soon be much more fun when I add in some high score functionality.

Come to find out if my app has 5,000 downloads (which it does) and a rating of 3.5 stars (mine is at 3 stars) I can get a free phone. So if you or anyone you know has an android phone have them download my app and give me a 5 star rating. Please. :) I promise the app will just get better. I would appreciate it a lot if you can do this!

You can use barcode scanner and scan this QR code or just do a search for Reflexes in the market and download the one made by cadalpias, Thanks!
Let me know if you do this in the comments so I can be sure to thank you!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

How do you.....

Take 2 kids to the grocery store?

And not let the baby fall out of the cart and land on the floor upside down in her carseat (really happened).

And not run over the two year old hanging on the front of the cart (really happened).

Any suggestions?

Friday, March 12, 2010

Just Blessed

All of my life I have felt like the Lord has really been watching out for me. I have been very blessed. But sometimes when I pray about something, it seems like my answer is usually that it doesn't matter. Should I buy a Honda or a Chevy? Pretty sure it doesn't matter. A lot of times it seems like my answer is as long as I keep on the straight and narrow, I will be fine.

I do know that Heavenly Father has a plan for me and he really does care about me and the direction my life goes in.

The first example is Casey.... Yeah, pretty much fell in love with him the first time I saw him. My sophomore year, he was wearing that yellow and green plaid shirt (he still wears), I thought he was pretty good looking and turns out he was kind of fun too. I secretly (or maybe not so secretly) loved Casey for years until he was on his mission and our writing "as friends" became more than that.

Casey and I have often speculated on why we never dated in high school. One time he took me on a lunch date to Javier's because he had a girlfriend and I had a boyfriend and it would please our parents if we went out with someone else. Besides that, we never dated. How come when Casey dated all of my friends (basically every single one) did he never date me? How come I was OBSESSED with him for so long and it never went anywhere?

We have decided that there must have been a plan for us. We weren't ready for each other. Dating in high school was dumb. If we would have dated in high school, one of us would have screwed it up. And we needed to know that after all of that time of dating other people, that in the end there would be someone better for us.

It's amazing that the Lord has a plan for us. He knows what we need in our lives and sometimes he just lets us figure it out. There is no way that I would be this happy with Casey if my prayers would have been answered 10 years ago to make Casey fall madly and deeply in love with me. I'm glad that Heavenly Father knows us better than we think we know ourselves and that sometimes he lets us drive a Chevy Classic so that when we get a Honda Accord we appreciate him... I mean it.

Example #2 of Heavenly Father watching out for me: The duplex.... Let's just say we have had less than perfect renters for a while. Their lease was up in April and we were NOT planning on renewing it. It just so happened that some of our good friends inquired about our rental. We said that we had tenants living there... Then out of the blue, the tenants couldn't pay their rent and moved out, just in time for us to show the place to this nice couple and PRAY that they liked it. Turns out the did and coming mid-April (after we patch the HUGE hole in the wall) we will have wonderful neighbors who we already love.

Seems small, and it is, but it is a testament that He does care about us and he won't let us wonder in the dark. But sometimes the answer may be "it's up to you"

Hard not to feel blessed when it's so blatantly obvious, eh?

Friday, March 5, 2010

Yeah, nevermind

Of course after I say that Benson has had zero accidents......

Let's just say the mild laxative I've been giving him has made it much easier for him to go "number 2" in his underwear and not on the potty.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Flying higher than the ceiling

My little brother, Andy is getting his pilot's license and sometimes gets to take people flying with him. Benson and Casey were lucky enough to be his guests last week. Benson LOVED it! He kept saying that they were "flying higher than the ceiling".

Benson fell asleep at the end.
Andy let Benson fly all by himself.

Golfing Fever

These guys are ADDICTED to golfing. They went golfing in February!!! Their biggest problem was trying to decide if snow counted as standing water or not.


I hate when people post a ton in one day, but I have time right now and I want to catch up on things, so sorry...

While Benson is great friends with his Dalpias cousins, he barely knew his Haws cousins. We were so excited to have Emily and her kids came to visit last month and we had a great time with them. It was fun to have more cousins to play with all day long!

Alex (3 1/2 months) and Molly (3 weeks)
She was oh so teensy-weensy compared to our very sturdy Alex-the-zander

We went to the Burger Bar one day and the kids got to eat in the back of Grandma Jan's suburban. It was fun and very stressful at the same time.


Benson got to go skiing for the first time this year. For being 2 years old, he was a pretty good little skier. Just as good, if not better, than his mother.

Casey and Benson riding the lift. (Benson's favorite part)

This was at the end. Benson got tired.

We went at night and it was a BLIZZARD!!! Benson was a champ!

Cory would ski backwards and Benson would follow him down the mountain. Good thing Cory was there or else I would have had to do that. Would have been disastrous!

This picture is actually his second time skiing.
Pictured here: Casey, Benson, Natalie, Brady, Danny, Nick (Tami took the picture while holding Molly)
The first time Benson skied with Brady, Shawnee, Cory, Nick, Tami, Danny, Shanna, Casey, & Natalie

Potty Update and Molly's stats

First off, sorry if this is too much information, but it's what's going on.

Benson is doing much better when it comes to using the toilet. He has always done really well when it comes to "number 1"... in fact, we haven't had any accidents since day 3 of potty training. I have even walked into the bathroom a few times to see him standing there peeing by himself. Even when we are at the store, he'll tell me he needs to go to the bathroom and he'll go just fine. Last night he woke up in the middle of the night and yelled to me that he needed to go potty. Do I dare say he's potty trained in one week of really trying???? I am SOOOOOO lucky that he's doing so well. I cannot put into words how blessed I am with such easy kids.

As for "number 2", we haven't had any accidents since we started! The problem is that he holds it in. He will not go in his underwear. He will start acting like he's going to go in his pants and then he'll say "I pooping, I not poop in my underwear". Then I'll take him in and he'll sit there and.... NOTHING. It was so frustrating because I know he needs to go and he just won't. We would sit there for up to an hour. He would cry, I would get upset... Then one day I was downstairs doing the laundry and I heard him screaming at the top of his lungs. So I ran up and he was standing by the toilet with his bare bum ready to go "number 2", but he just couldn't get up by himself. So I put him up there and he told me to go back downstairs. So I went into the hall and he did it.

I guess he just wants to do it himself. He always has been really independent, and this is no exception. When he was in a diaper, he would always hide to do it. So I don't know why I thought he would like me sitting there watching him now. Also, we are giving him some mild laxative everyday for a couple of weeks until he gets the hang of it and realizes that it won't hurt him anymore. He is doing a lot better with pooping now.

As for Miss Molly, she is doing great! Such a good baby.... minus feedings. She has been refusing to nurse for a few weeks, she just doesn't like it I guess. But she loves bottles! I keep trying to nurse her and sometimes she does, sometimes she doesn't. So my milk is pretty much gone by now and we are bottle feeding mainly. It makes me really sad that I am not going to nurse her, but it is also a bit of a relief because it has been so difficult to get her to eat that I just want her to eat no matter what she's eating. I think in the end it will all work out ok and she will still be healthy.

We went to the doctor for her check-up last week and she is healthy. She weighs 9 lbs, 11 oz (20th %) is 23 inches long (75th %) and not sure her head size, but she is in the 25th %. She is still in her newborn clothes, but they are getting tight, so even though she's still tiny, at least she's growing.

It still amazes me how in love I am with my children. I am completely obsessed with them! It makes me realize how much Heavenly Father must love us and how he really does just want what is best for us. Oh, how this whole plan of happiness really does make us happy. It is amazing.