Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
Later they were pretending that they were being chased by bad guys. Bookworm(9) was sitting in the middle row and OrphanAnnie and Littleman were sitting in the back. OA and LM told BW to shoot the bad guys so she turned around and said, "Deck the halls!" I said, "Deck the halls? What do you mean? What do you think 'Deck the halls' means?" She answered, "Get out of the halls."
Friday, December 26, 2008
I started reading a new book called The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. The story in the book is told through letters sent back and forth to various people and I'm quite enjoying it. The characters' personalities really come out through the words of their letters and it's made me think about letter writing. It really is almost a lost art. I think it's sad but it's not like I've done my part to keep letter writing going. So I'm going to attempt to write a nice letter like the ones in this book.
We had a wonderful Christmas. We're sad that Mr. Dad's parents couldn't join us on Christmas morning because of the weather, but we still had a great time by ourselves. We decided to get the kids a Wii this year. Watching them open that present was so fun. We had wrapped it and then put it a bigger box and wrapped that, etc. until it was wrapped up four times. I've never done that before and that was half the fun. Their reaction when they opened the Wii box was priceless. I got it on video so maybe I can show it to you sometime. We received so many other wonderful gifts, too, and we feel very blessed to have such generous and kind family and friends. I hope you had a great Christmas, too.
The weather here has been crazy. I would guess that we have a total of about 1 1/2+ feet of snow. I've done all the snow shoveling because Mr. Dad's back and snow removal don't mix. I'm getting pretty tired of it. It's been such heavy snow that it's a hard job and my shoulder has been bothering me. I'm not sure if it's the snow shoveling or something else that started the aching shoulder but the shoveling definitely doesn't help.
Now I'm starting to feel like I have cabin fever. I haven't gone anywhere for three days and I'm feeling a little restless. I tried to leave this morning but I couldn't get the car out on the street. I had shoveled the driveway but the city hasn't grated the road in front of our house so I couldn't get through the snow on edge of the street. The bishop was driving by, saw me spinning out and stopped to help push me back into the driveway. I was a little worried he was going to have a heart attack from all the exertion! So, anyway, we've been stuck here. I did go out later and shovel the snow on the street so hopefully we'll be able to get out tomorrow. I'm not the only one who's had problems. The garbage truck got stuck after it picked up my neighbor's trash this afternoon. It would have been funny if I hadn't felt so bad for him.
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, too. I look forward to the new year that is upon us. I think it's going to be a good one.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Littleman: "I want some air hockey chicken." (teriyaki)
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
I've been thinking about this for a while. Have you seen the Circuit City ad where the lady is talking to this huge camera? She says something like, "I don't understand. You have one price online and a whole nother price in the store?" Now, as far as I know, nother is not a word. I say it all the time. I heard someone say it today when I was at book club. I only noticed because I've been thinking about it since I've seen that commercial. I think it's pretty common and I don't even notice it usually, but it really stuck out to me in this commercial.
Hold on. Wait a minute. As I was rambling on about nother not being a real word I thought I'd check just to make sure. There it was on dictionary.com! It is classified as "informal" but it is there. Well. Now I can say it without a second thought. It makes me feel free in a way.
(This is one of my dumbest posts yet, but since I took the time to type it out, I'm going to post it.)
Friday, December 12, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Last weekend we went to see Aida. I didn't really know anything about it and I didn't know what to expect. It was amazing. The music was great, the acting and singing were wonderful, and it was a beautiful story. This was the Elton John and Tim Rice version based on the opera Aida. It's a rocked out version that I thought was very cool. The princess wears evening gowns and is very fashion conscious, the bad guy's henchmen look like Keanu Reeves and they just stepped out of the Matrix movies, and the leading man looks like a rock star. So even though the setting is ancient Egypt, it has a modern day feel. If you ever get the chance to see Aida, I'd take it.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
It will be interesting to see what happens tonight. I predict that Obama will easily win. I just hope there will be enough checks and balances in place to keep us from turning into a socialist government.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
For example, I was called into the Young Women in August. I should have said something about it then, but I was on "hiatus". I'm the Mia Maid Advisor. It's been really fun so far. The girls are really great and we have a good group of leaders. I feel a little inadequate teaching them sometimes. There's so much I want to get through to them and I just don't seem to be getting my point across sometimes. I remember so well the heart-ache of growing up and I wish they didn't have to go through that, but maybe it's inevitable.
The point is, I'm going to try to be a better blogger. Hopefully I'll figure out something to say. :)
Sunday, October 5, 2008
The first few miles, I was thinking, "What the heck am I doing? I'm going to catch pneumonia." We started at 6:45 and it was still dark, so here we (more than 6000 crazy runners) were, trying to run without tripping over each other, in the dark, and getting wetter by the minute. I really was questioning my sanity. Little by little though, my attitude started to change and I was enjoying myself. When I ran the SLC Marathon, I kind of crashed at about 18 miles and the last part of it was pretty hard. This time I tried to conserve my energy a little and I was able to really enjoy the last part of the race, especially the last 3 miles. I was hurting, definitely, but I was able to pick up my pace just a little and feel really strong. It was awesome. I finished in 4:19:05 and beat my last time of 4:32:00, so I felt pretty good about that since I didn't feel as prepared for this one. St. George is a better, easier course but it still feels good to beat my previous time. It was raining, after all. :)
The crowd support once we got into town was great and that made the last few miles funner, too. There were three signs that I saw sponsored by the mortuary that were particularly cool. The first one said:
Metcalf Mortuary 3 Blocks AheadThe second one said:
Mortuary 1 Block AheadAnd then finally on the corner at the mortuary there was a sign that read:
We'd rather wait for you,
Good job, marathoners
From Metcalf Mortuary
Another one was pretty funny too but you have to have some background. Gunlock is tiny little town on the race route that has a population of no more than 500, but probably much fewer. It's towards the beginning of the race. So I saw another sign that said:
Maybe that's only funny after you've run 23 miles but I was quite amused by it.
Running Shoes $100
Running Redneck from Gunlock... Priceless
Anyway, it was a great day! I'm so glad I did it. I am very, very sore today and I have a few spots of chafed skin where my wet clothes rubbed too much but over all I'm doing well. The knee I've been having trouble with feels pretty good, so I'm very grateful for that. The race organizers where amazing and I'm especially grateful to all those volunteers who stood in the rain for hours giving us water, Gatorade, bananas, etc. I'm taking a break from marathon running for a while but I hope to go back to St. George within a few years. It was awesome!
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
1. Add a comment on my blog, leave one memory that you and I had together. It doesn't matter if you knew me a little or a lot, anything you remember!
2. Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you. It's actually pretty funny to see the responses. If you leave a memory about me, I'll assume you're playing the game and I'll come to your blog and leave one about you. If you don't have a blog I will email you.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Since my last post we have finished the baseball season. It turned out to be pretty fun. I wasn't the best coach and towards the end we had fewer and fewer practices, but I did the best I could, I guess. I think most of the kids showed some improvement by the end, so that's a good thing. Will I do it again? Only if I have to. And guess what?! I have to again. This time with Bookworm's(8) soccer team. I will only be the assistant coach this time, though. It's a good thing because I don't really know anything about soccer except for the obvious--kick the ball into the net thing, right?
We have also been on vacation. We went to Colorado to stay with my parents over the 4th of July. All my siblings were able to be there except for one out-law (we missed you, Daiko) so it was a lot of fun. A big, rowdy, crazy, crowded mess, but still fun. The kids loved playing with their cousins. I wish we could get together like that more often.
Friday, June 20, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Saturday, June 7, 2008
My kids don't watch too much TV.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
I had spent the night at my fiance's parents' house. We woke up to rain, lots of rain. We scrambled around getting ready for the big day. We were supposed to be at the temple at 8:00. Our wedding was to start at 9:00. We got on the road and were making good time despite the pouring rain when I realized that I didn't have my temple recommend. We went back to the soon-to-be-in-laws' house and searched for it. I remembered that the day before, we had gone to the temple to do a session and I had asked Mr. one-day-would-become-Dad to hold my recommend for me. He put it in his shirt pocket. Later, his mom washed that shirt so it would be ready for the next day. You guessed it. We found the little plastic cover for my temple recommend in the dryer. We got to the temple at 9:00, an hour late, explained what had happened, and they let me in since we had the separate recommend you need to perform a temple sealing. What a relief!
Bountiful Utah Temple
After the ceremony (which was lovely) we took pictures in an underground area around a terrarium and a few right outside the temple where we were protected from the rain. Looking at the pictures now, I wish so badly that things had been different. The Bountiful Temple is beautiful and we didn't get any pictures that really show the temple in the background. I have naturally curly hair so because of the humidity, my hair does not look very good either. The pictures with all the family and friends who came look kind of funny because we're all squished together in a hallway. Then, after the pictures, we went to a restaurant for the wedding breakfast and everyone got the directions except for us, so we were late. We explained what had happened but they teased us that we had found somewhere to park (you know what I mean?!). Oh, and Mr. one-day-would-become-Dad had thrown his back out a few days before the wedding and was very sore and stiff. So, a few things went wrong that day. Looking back, it is comical to think about. That day, though, even with everything that went wrong, I was so extremely happy. Nothing phased me. I didn't care about the rain, or being late, or my hair, or the pictures, or even Mr.'s back (though I did feel bad for him. By the way, on our honeymoon, I had to carry and pack in all the luggage every time we stopped for the night, which was a few times--not that I'm complaining :) ). It was a very happy day for me and I'm still very happy for what occurred on June 4, 1998.
Thanks, for 10 great years, and here's to the next 10 being even better. I love you, honey!
Sunday, June 1, 2008
There are a lot more Mormon blogs the I've explored a little but fMh is the one I read the most of. If you visit, I'd like to hear what you think.
Monday, May 26, 2008
Oh, and I forgot about American Idol. The results show was the same night that we had those three games so I recorded the finale. I watched it after we got home and got to the part at the very end where Ryan Seacrest is standing with the envelope next to the two Davids. He starts in with his tension-filled announcement, when all of a sudden the recording stops. I gasped, then I screamed. It was so crazy. Luckily for me, Mr. Dad had been watching something else on a different TV but had seen the announcement on the news. He pretended to be Ryan Seacrest for me and it was almost as good. ;) So, I was wrong about David Archuleta but as I think about it, my conspiracy-theorizing mind wonders if Simon was hard on David Cook because he and the producers wanted Cook to win. I've noticed on some of these "America Votes" shows that when someone is put down by the judges, sometimes they end up getting more votes because people feel bad for them or they want to show the judges that what they say doesn't matter or something. Of course, David Cook was probably going to win anyway and I'm just being stupid.
I have so many more things to talk about but I'm afraid it will have to wait until another time. So for now, you'll just have to wait with great anticipation for my next posts. (Read with a sarcastic tone.) :)
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
OrphanAnnie(7) recently learned how to ride a 2-wheeler bike (as opposed to a 4-wheeler bike, which has training wheels). She could have done it a long time ago but she lacked the confidence and was really afraid of falling. She got very good at it very quickly. A couple of Saturdays ago, she was riding down the hill on the sidewalk in front of our house. The Bishop, who lives next door, had parked in his driveway and was clear of the sidewalk but there was something flat sticking out of the end of the truck bed. So OrphanAnnie(7) came cruising down the hill pretty fast and she really doesn't see that well, even with her glasses on. She thought that she had enough room to get around the truck, which she did but I don't think she saw the thing sticking out the end. I'm sure you can guess what happened. She got clipped by it (I'm still not sure what was in the back of the pick-up) and went flying. The Bishop came running when he heard her (he had only parked there for a few minutes and was planning to pull in all the way as soon as he was done with something) and I heard her wailing after a few minutes and came out. She was really scraped up. She had a big scrape across her neck that started there but then came up her neck and up her cheek. Her left shoulder and elbow were bruised and her right elbow and hand were scraped. The weird thing is that her back was also really scraped up. You could see where about 4 or 5 of her vertabrae skidded on the sidewalk. OUCH! I can't even imagine how she would have fallen to get the different injuries that she got. She was hurting and sore for days. The bishop felt so bad. Later, he brought over a cute, stuffed dog with a pink ribbon around its neck, a couple of candy bars and a card. The card said, "I'm sorry my truck is so mean." The kids really got a kick out of that. She's doing fine now and I don't think she'll even end up with a scar. Kids really are pretty resilient.
LittleMan(5) says some funny things when he says his prayers. Ever since Pres. Hinckley passed away he's often said things about dying in his prayers. After Pres. Hinckley died, he said, "Bless President Hinckley that he will have a good time with Jesus and his wife." I thought that was pretty sweet. Now he's saying, "Bless us that we'll have a good time with Jesus when we die." It seems like he's thinking about death a little much for a 5-year-old kid, but I think it's also sweet and shows his faith.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
I've decided that I am going to err on the side of caution and I won't identify my family by their real names. So, let me introduce them to you. My husband will heretofore be known as Mr. Dad. My kids are: Bookworm(8)-girl, OrphanAnnie(7)-girl, Littleman(5)-boy, and Destructo(2)-boy. And here we are all together:
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Sunday, May 4, 2008
Thursday, May 1, 2008
When I was growing up I had just a few birthday parties through the years. Birthdays were really not that big of a deal for us. Hubby, on the other hand, had a birthday party every year and usually with a cake shaped like a dog, or baseball mitt, or the Statue of Liberty. ;) You know you spoiled him right, Mom?! We've compromised by having a birthday party with friends one year and the next they are allowed to have one friend come with the family to something fun like Chuck E. Cheese, or the movie, or even a water park (I don't know if we'll do that again but we did it once). Besides the hullabaloo of a party that stresses me out, the kids get so much stuff when they have a big friend party. This is, of course, really fun for them but they don't really need it. I guess that problem could easily be fixed by just inviting a handful of friends instead of a dozen.
LittleOrphanAnnie's(7) party did turn out fun and one thing I'd recommend is having a simple magic show. We had just had a magic themed Cub Scout Pack Meeting so it was on my mind and I used a few tricks from that to put on a little magic show. They were really easy tricks but the kids really liked them. The treasure hunt was a pretty big success too. I think the favorite part of any party we've ever had is always the pinata. I think it's always a good idea to have a little candy held aside in reserve to give to those kids that aren't aggressive enough to get very much from the resulting dog pile that happens when the candy falls.
Friday, April 25, 2008
1. When I fell in love I knew it would last!
2. It makes me happy when the flowers bloom and it heats up outside! As long as it doesn't heat up too much.
3. Oh no! The internet connection is down, I might cry.
4. The Office is the craziest tv show ever. (I know I talk about "The Office" way too much but I love it!)
5. Cheese and just about anything make a great meal!
6. I wish I was better at growing a garden.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to spending time with my family, tomorrow my plans include throwing a birthday party with way too many guests for my 7 year old and Sunday, I want to go to church and then come home and relax!
Monday, April 21, 2008
Here's me with my finisher's medal: I am very sore today but it's a good kind of sore. I've talked to my brother, Eric, and we're going to try to get into the St. George Marathon in October. Anyone want to join us?
One final thing, I have to thank my husband for his support through all this. He has never complained about me going on my long training runs and has been such a support to me even when it's been hard. I could not have done this without him. Thank you, hon. I love you!
Thursday, April 17, 2008
I went to pick up my packet for the marathon today. I have race bib #524. From what I can tell there are about 3000+ marathon participants and at least twice as many half-marathon participants. That makes for a very fun starting line (both start at the same place but divide into different routes around mile 5). It also makes for very long lines at the port-a-potties before the race starts. :) Last year when I ran the half marathon, my three sisters, one brother, and two brothers-in-law were with me at the starting line and it was soooo exciting. This year I'll be alone. I hope I'll still feel the excitement of it all, being by myself. I'm sure I will. How can I not?
I haven't figured out what to do to celebrate my finish. Any suggestions?
Monday, April 14, 2008
"...don’t allow yourself to be caught up in the time-wasting, mind-numbing things like television soap operas or surfing the Internet."
So it's been a week and I think I'm past my guilt now. (Ha! Ha! For those of you who really know me you know that "Guilt" is my middle name.) I just need to make sure I don't spend too much time blogging and reading other blogs, I don't have to cut it out altogether, right?! Anyway, we're heading out for a few days for spring break. We're going to Midway, Utah. It should be fun and relaxing but I probably won't be blogging for a while again.
The most important thing for me this week is ... the Marathon! I'm excited. I had been feeling pretty nervous about it but when I was running on Saturday I realized that I need to just relax and enjoy the experience. I hope I'll be able to just run and not worry about my time, just enjoy the feeling of accomplishment that I will have at the finish line. I can't wait!
Sunday, April 6, 2008
I guess this makes sense, being the oldest and all but the deep, emotional side is all too apparent. I wear my heart on my sleeve. I wish I could hide my emotions a little bit more like Elinor does. My dad will tell you how I'm so emtional that I cry during commercials. Unfortunately, he's not kidding. Those darn Hallmark commercials!
Friday, April 4, 2008
1. Tonight I saw previews for next weeks new Office. Wahoo!
2. Watching my kids dance makes me wanna dance!
3. Splitting a few appetizers between friends is so fattening but so good.
4. Chain-reader is someone I'd like to get to know better.
5. The smell of rain reminds me so much of springtime!
6. I had a good night's sleep and that made it all better.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to going to Ben and Kerri's new display at an art gallery, tomorrow my plans include watching General Conference and Sunday, I want to be able to stay awake as I watch more General Conference!
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Coach to Coach
Jazz coach Jerry Sloan got a surprise at last week's game against the Clippers--a pat on the back from the leader.
No, we're not talking about NBA Commissioner David Stern.
Reports said during a third-quarter timeout, LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson was returning to his seat, when he paused to pat Sloan's shoulder and say something along the lines of, "Good job, coach. You're the best."
No word on whether President Monson offered any "ward ball" tips on how to give a hard foul.
I thought this was pretty funny. I'm really glad that President Monson can get out and do something fun sometimes.
Friday, March 28, 2008
1. Some relationships are meant to last forever.
2. Lonestar is the last concert I saw; it was one of the only concerts I've ever been to--I'm just not into concerts.
3. Spring should be wonderful this year.
4. Oh no! I forgot I have to teach a Sunday School lesson on Sunday!
5. I've recently started to read David Copperfield.
6. The Office never fails to make me smile.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to going on a date with my hubby to see a musical on stage, tomorrow my plans include getting some much needed housework done and Sunday, I want to go to church and then come home and relax!
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
He must hear that a lot a church. I hope he's remembering a little more than that. :)
1. Running in races is so exciting!
2. Strawberry fields can get messy if you don't watch your step.
3. Creamy Spinach Ravioli sounds like it would taste delicious!
4. Why does a nice compliment make me feel so good?!
5. The Eiffel Tower is something I've always wanted to see.
6. It's sad when I don't get to read at all in a day.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to watching a movie with my family, tomorrow my plans include running 23 miles to prepare for my marathon and Sunday, I want to stay in bed all day because I'll probably be dead from running the day before!
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
I'm kind of a Scrooge about most holidays to be honest. I dread having to put out the Christmas decorations and I don't put out decorations for any other holiday. I put out a couple of things at Halloween, I guess, but not much and I only do it when I happen to see a decoration in the storage room and pull it out just because I'm there. I think this attitude frustrates my kids a little but I don't think it will scar them emotionally so I'm okay with it. They'll probably grow up and be really outlandish with holiday decorations because they feel that they were so deprived as a child.
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Here is Max Hall (BYU's awesome quarterback) announcing the winners.
Here's my reaction when my name is called.
Here's me with my silver medal!
Friday, March 14, 2008
2. The parties hereto do mutually agree to disagree.
3. Disney parks are where my kids are dying to be taken to.
4. A great massage sounds really good right about now!
5. I positively love Book Club.
6. My friend Julie always makes me smile :-)
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to going to Becky's baby shower, tomorrow my plans include running in the Rex Lee 10K race and going to Book Club (yay!) and Sunday, I want to go to church and then come home and take a nap!
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Monday, January 14, 2008
About 9 years ago when I was teaching school I hated Mondays. Sunday nights were probably even worse because of the dread of the next morning. That teaching job was really awful and I don't want to talk about that but I was thinking this morning that I like Mondays now. I get to send the girls off to school, my husband off to work and though I still have two kids at home, it feels like my little break from the week. Weekends are definitely not my time off. I don't tend to cook very much but taking care of the kids is always rougher on the weekends. They go crazy, especially on Sundays. They tend to get so silly and giggly. There's part of me that wonders why it irritates me so much. Shouldn't I be laughing at their goofiness instead of wanting to spank them? I really need to "Chill Out!" like my dad often tells me to do.
|You Are 50% Left Brained, 50% Right Brained|
The left side of your brain controls verbal ability, attention to detail, and reasoning.
Left brained people are good at communication and persuading others.
If you're left brained, you are likely good at math and logic.
Your left brain prefers dogs, reading, and quiet.
The right side of your brain is all about creativity and flexibility.
Daring and intuitive, right brained people see the world in their unique way.
If you're right brained, you likely have a talent for creative writing and art.
Your right brain prefers day dreaming, philosophy, and sports.