Wednesday, October 29, 2008
He assigned everyone (himself, his brothers and sister) a side or position that they were supposed to sit at when using the table. He would insist that all four of the kids gather round it to eat and then get mad because they didn't fit, or that their plates were getting too close to his. He tried for about 2 weeks to get it to work. He had to finally admit that it was too small to be used as a dinner table.
This is the 4th picture in my 4th folder of my pictures. When I first saw this tag and thought about doing it, I thought that the 4th one was a picture of a box. I was wrong. The box pictures were #1 & #2. These are my kids and Ryan's sister Natalie and this was taken in the Spring of '08. They're on the trampoline (obviously) and it's in the front yard of Ryan's parents house. My kids love jumping on it. They have one of their own that they jump on all the time, but jumping on the one at Grandpa & Grandma's house is usually the first thing they want to do when they go there.
Monday, October 27, 2008
I've learned that nothing of value comes without effort.
- Age 64
I've learned that nothing very bad or very good ever lasts for very long.
- Age 66
I've learned that days are long, but life is short.
- Age 88
I've learned that goldfish don't like Jello.
- Age 5
I've learned that kindness is more important than perfection.
- Age 70
I've learned that the only time I want to sleep is when I can't.
- Age 29
I've learned that you shouldn't confuse a black crayon with a Tootsie Roll.
- Age 10
I've learned that when I wave to people in the country, they stop what they're doing and wave back.
- Age 9
When I was 21, I wrote this:
I've learned that I haven't learned enough.
Now at 32, almost 33, I think that statement still applies. Sure, I've learned some new things, grown in different ways and had many life changing experiences since I wrote that. I got married. I've had 4 children. I've had several different church callings. We've bought and sold one house and then bought another. I've owned 3 different cars. I gained and lost some weight, but I still don't have enough of life figured out to consider myself wise. I think that's a good thing. One thing the Church is always encouraging us to do is to never stop learning. We should constantly be seeking out knowledge and ways to better our self. I'm trying. So, I'm going to revise my statement from 12 years ago just a little bit.
I've learned that I haven't learned enough, but I'm never going to stop trying. I'm grateful for all of the experiences that I've had. Whether I've had good days or bad ones, I've learned something from them all.
- Age 32 (almost 33)
If you want, tell me something that you've learned. Be sure to include your age to give us all an idea of where your perspective is coming from, and something to make fun of you for later.
Friday, October 24, 2008
I've said before how much I love my family, my faith, my friends and all the other stuff. This isn't that kind of list. This one's all about a few of my material things that make me happy. Some of them might make others around me happy too. They make me smell better.
1. My flatiron. When in England and unable to use it for 4 days, I thought that I was going to die. Yes, DIE. It means the world to me. My dream flatiron would be a Chi. Just thinking about owning one gets me all weepy. I'm willing to do just about anything to get one. Like, finally remember to ask my sister in law to pick one up for me the next time she's at the beauty supply store.
2. Rusk Mousse. This is the best mousse I have ever used. It's not thick. It doesn't make my hair clump together. It doesn't flake and it even smells nice. My hair just wouldn't look sort of good (I say sort of because it only looks really good when a professional styles it) without it.
3. Rusk Radical Creme. Same reasons as above. Plus, it's a great finishing creme that adds a lot of shine.
4. Dove Ultimate Clear deodorant. I've tried lots of other kinds, but I can honestly say that this is one I really like. I decided to try it about 3 years ago because I wanted to take the "7 days to smoother underarms challenge". Now, I didn't get the miraculous change that I wanted with it (I wanted it to stunt the growth of underarm hair totally), but I did get underarms that were more smooth than when I started. Plus, I tend to have kind of persnickety and sensitive underarms. This kind is quite gentle and has never irritated my skin. Even after shaving.
5. Orbit Sweet Mint gum. I discovered this particular flavor a few months ago. It is so delightful. Very refreshing and not at all overpowering.
6. Old Navy French Vanilla Mint lip gloss. I found this while at an Old Navy last month. There was a container with several different flavors of lip gloss by the register. I picked it up out of curiosity. The salesperson said that it really was a great gloss. Not too heavy or thick and smelled/tasted really great as well. The not too heavy part really pricked my interest. I can't stand when a gloss feels like lipstick. I hate lipstick. It makes me feel like my lips are suffocating to wear it. The gloss was only $3.50, so I decided to give it a try. It's fantastic. It smells and tastes like the Orbit gum. Bonus. I find I have to restrain myself from putting it on too much. I highly recommend it.
7. Downy Ball. This little tool has absolutely changed my life. It's totally changed the way I do laundry. I no longer have to hang around to put the fabric softener in during the rinse cycle when washing a load. I pour it in the ball and throw it in at the beginning. It frees up so much time. If you don't have one, GET ONE. Yes, that's an order.
8. Magic Sizing . This is the most amazing stuff ever. If you don't know what it is, it's a very light body spray starch and it does exactly what it says it will do. That is, "Makes ironing easier". I'm kind of a snob when it comes to dressy clothes. Especially dress shirts. I can't stand if they're not ironed. Not just for men, but young boys as well. Come on, take the time to make your kids look good. Just running them through the dryer may be enough for some people, but not for me. It's very obvious when you don't really try that hard. Believe me.
9. My computer. I use it, need it, love it. Everyday. I pay bills, communicate with others, read up on current events, etc. I don't know what I would do without it. Well, actually I do know. It was torture being unable to use it while it was sick and being nursed back to health by smartie pants Ryan.
10. My car. (This link is not my actual car, but it looks just like that.) Yes, it will be 10 years old in January. Yes it has over 120,000 miles on it. Yes, I don't always keep it very clean on the inside, sorry Ryan, but I do love it. I love the space inside it. The cargo room in the back. I can't imagine grocery shopping with anything smaller. I will never own a smaller SUV or sedan after having this. I like my big car.
11. Venus Divine razors. Best woman's razor I have ever used. That's all I have to say about this one.
12. Ben & Jerry's Phish Food ice cream. This is my favorite flavor of Ben & Jerry's. No, I don't eat it everyday. That would just be silly, although I really wouldn't mind, but I do like to pretend that I'm health conscious. I usually eat it once a month at a certain time if you catch my drift. It's simply divine.
13. Ghirardelli Milk Chocolate Chips. Really, anything Ghirardelli is my favorite. Not just the chips, but these are my favorite to bake with. I try to always have a bag on hand so I can whip out a dessert should the need arise. Which means, when I need to stuff my face with something sweet.
14. Scentsy warmers. I truly love these things. I currently own three and my husband complains about it all the time. He wants to know how many of them one house needs. I think they're just great. They freshen up your house in no time. Especially after I've cooked bacon or sausage for breakfast. It helps to get the smell out.
That's enough for now. There are more, but this post would be hella long if I took the time to list all of them. It's pretty obvious that I'm a simple girl. It doesn't take much to make me really happy. I'm sure that Ryan is glad about that.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
This is a photo tag. I had to take pictures of things around the house and the only rule was that I couldn't clean the things/rooms first. Here we go.
1. The refrigerator. This is a new one that we had to buy this summer when our last one kicked the bucket. It's the fridge on top, freezer on the bottom variety and I love it. Think about it, how often do you get into your fridge during the day? How often do you get into your freezer? I know that we get into the fridge at least 3 times more often than the freezer. I love not having the fridge on the bottom. You don't have to bend over to see things and they're always within easy reach. It's a beautiful thing.
2. The laundry room. My laundry room is actually pretty big as far as laundry rooms go. It's long and rectangular. It was hard to take a picture to get a view of the whole room. The first is standing outside, the second is one end and the third the other.
3. What my kids are doing. Here's what one of them was doing while I was taking pictures. This is Peyton eating Cheerios.
5. Favorite room. This is my kitchen. It's not necessarily my favorite, but it's where I spend most of my time. It really bugs me that the stove doesn't match the fridge and dishwasher. They're both stainless steel. Once the stove dies, it will be as well.
6. Self portrait. The first one could technically be considered cleaned up. I had just got home from having my hair cut and colored and my eyebrows waxed. I had taken one earlier in the day, but wasn't sure I should use it. I decided it would be cheating if I didn't. So, these are really before and after pictures.
9. A bathroom. This is the kids bathroom and is downstairs in the basement. Surprisingly, it was more clean than my own. It's missing a shower curtain because the kids destroyed the one that was in there. We have a third full bath upstairs on the main floor that will be used as the guest one. It's currently ripped apart and being remodeled. Right now it only has the tile on the floor down. Nothing else.
So, there you have it. A little more knowledge and information about me. I'm sure it's made you just love me all the more. (Which is all I really want anyway.)
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
I suppose I should get my butt to the doctor to have my blood drawn and figure this out.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
I wasn't trying for a racy photo, but she insisted on wearing it without any pants on. Hopefully, you can't see her unmentionables. I'm just so happy that the wings and tutu match so well.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
I know how to sew. I thought, "how hard could it be?" I took the wings to a fabric store and was able to match them to about six colors of tulle. It was even on sale. I thought that surely I was being blessed. I was meant to make this tutu for her. Now, all I had to do was race home and whip out the cutest little tutu. EVER. I looked at several different sites before I actually started. It didn't seem too difficult to make one and they all said it was easy peasy. I felt somewhat confidant and thought, "nothing to it". Wrong, wrong, wrong. Tulle is the devil. It doesn't stay in one place. It has a mind of it's own and I think I heard it laughing at me while I was trying to sew. I cursed a lot and was chastised by Avery for doing so. I told her I was an adult and it's OK if I swear, but if she ever did it she would get her butt beaten off and why didn't she just go in the other room and leave me alone. I pushed on and on and on. The sites said that this was a simple project that would take around 30 minutes to complete. I think I worked on it for about 2 hours. So, after all of the yelling and crying (all from me)was done, I wiped the sweat from my brow to look at the cutest tutu. EVER. Disappointment. What I ended up with looks like something from a Tim Burton movie and not in a good way. It looks terrible. I never want to try to sew with tulle again. Consequently, I now have to try and find a tutu for her from a dance wear store or something like that because I still don't want to use the original costume. Great. Now I really have a headache.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Thanks, my dear. You're so smart. (From my reading of "Strangling Your Husband is Not an Option", I've learned that complimenting your husband is a good thing. Who knew that husbands like to know they're loved? I didn't. In depth analysis of the book coming soon.)
He's even reading books and taking tests about the inner workings of a computer so that he can become even more smart. I wouldn't have a good excuse to ignore all of the things needing to be done around the house if it weren't for him.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
So, Kristina, please email me via the link on my profile. I should have ways of getting to it during the reconstruction process. We can figure out how to get the gift card to you.
Friday, October 10, 2008
The big winner! My lips are numb from trying to make a drum roll sound.
Now before the accusations start flying that I rigged it because tomorrow is the Meet & Greet and I just wanted to look the best, the answer is NO. She just happened to be random enough to win. On to bombshell #2:
I'm not going to be able to attend the Meet & Greet. So, I won't even get the opportunity to look great in front of strangers. I'm sorry. We've had some things come up and although they will be happening later in the afternoon, I feel it's necessary for me to skip. So, Kristina, you just tell me how you would like to get your fabulous gift and I will make sure that you get it.
Thanks again to all who entered. Just by leaving me a comment in the hopes that I would give you free money, you have made me feel very special.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
7 Random or weird facts about me
(Now, I tried to upload that tag image from other's blogs, but blogger doesn't like me today and didn't want to do it.)
I've talked about some of these things in other posts. So, I hope there isn't too much repetition involved in this.
1. I can't stand to have hot feet. I get claustrophobic and panicky when it happens. I especially hate it when I'm in bed and they get hot. If it happens, I have to stick them outside of the blankets. The rest of my body can be covered, but not my feet. Therefore, I very rarely wear socks or shoes. My feet have to be really cold to make me feel like I want to put them on.
2. I hate (and when I say hate, I mean HATE) daytime television and awards shows. Daytime television would include: soap operas. No, I have never even liked Days. Not even when I was in Junior High. My mom used to record the Young and the Restless & As the World Turns everyday and then watch it early in the morning. I always wondered why. Another daytime genre: talk shows. Yes, even Oprah. I would say that during the entire run of her show, I've watched a combined total of 2 hours. The greatest length of any one of her shows was a "favorite things" episode and that was only because I was coveting some of the things. All awards shows: this would include the Grammy's, Oscar's, Emmy's (Day & Night), Soul Train Awards, etc. I can sometimes watch some of the pre & red carpet specials, but I only do it to mock the fashions. Having to sit through the actual ceremony would be pure, flat out hell for me.
3. I obsess/worry/dream about my teeth crumbling and falling out. I don't know why I do this. Some dream analysis books say this has something to do with fearing the loss of control. I do fear that. I just like things to be the way I want them. So the books are probably right. I've only ever had 3 cavities in my entire life. They were in baby teeth and fell out. I just seem to have enamel of steel and nothing gets through it. Despite the fact that I worry about losing all of my teeth, I don't get to the dentist nearly often enough.
4. I can't tell you how happy I am that I only need to tell you 7 facts about myself. I love odd numbers and 7 is the most supremely divine and wonderful of them all. I like to spell words out in my head. When I do it, it involves a weird thing with my teeth, but it's too complicated to type out. It's a comfort thing for me to do it. Bobie likes to spell words out also and she likes odd numbers as well. She's smart and she explained the reason for it the best. It gives the word a "middle". For example: blaNket. 3 letters on one side, 3 on the other. This fact is the middle of seven. Sublime.
5. I delight in passively aggressively forcing others to do things.
6. This is probably a little gross, but I tend to like things a bit on the underdone side. No, not poultry. Who wants botulism? I'm not talking about meats. Although, I can eat steak medium rare, and salmon sushi is my favorite. No, I'm talking about baked goods that aren't quite baked through. I like gooey cookies. Bread that isn't quite done. Pancakes as well.
7. I'm not gregarious in any kind of way. Many people have thought that I don't like them because I have a hard time just walking up to someone and starting a conversation. Sorry to have given the wrong impression to some. Believe me, if I didn't like you, it would be really obvious. However, despite the fact that I'm shy, I did follow my now husband to St. George one weekend ten years ago this past May. He kept missing all of my subtle hints that I wanted him to ask me out. When I found out he was going there for a wedding, I magically happened to be going down to visit my grandparents at that same time. We got together to hang out on Saturday night. We talked for hours. I kissed him. He liked it and kissed me back. We got engaged one week later. (Don't worry. We knew each other for about 4 years before this happened.) Maybe I'm not as shy as I think.
Next tag that I don't have the picture thingy for either.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Amy knows how to use Photoshop. I do not. I begged her to help me. And she did. I've told her that I was going to be letting all of my loyal readers know that she did this. And now I have. She said that she does this just for fun. I said that she should do it for money. If you like what you see and would like to give her the chance to do some redesigning on you own blog, contact her.
Monday, October 6, 2008
Also, today I went out to lunch with one of my oldest and dearest friends, Angelique. No, she's not a senior citizen. We have known each other since we were 2 and if you've read my profile, you know that I am 32. If you're able to do simple math, and I barely am, you will realize that we have known each other for 30 years. Wow.
We went to lunch at the Naborhood Bakery in Gardner Village because we thought our little kids would enjoy seeing the witch decorations. Now, I'm not one who likes to drop names even though when I threw Angelique a wedding shower 5 years ago, she was working at KUTV. I got to invite Shauna Lake (she called my house to RSVP), Mary Nickles, and that girl who does the weather in the morning. I then got to feed them food I prepared. I also don't like to mention the fact that while I had an 8 hour layover in New York, we went downtown and ate lunch at the Hello Deli. If anyone watches Late Night with David Letterman, you'll know the Hello Deli. Rupert Jee was kind enough to pose for a picture with me while I was there.
But, like I said, I don't like to drop names or anything. Which is why I won't mention that we went to the Naborhood Bakery because Ryan's uncle Mark owns it. I'll just say that they have delicious food and you should check them out the next time you're at Gardner Village.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
I don't really like either candidate enough to say that I would vote for them. Yes, John McCain spent 5 years in a POW camp. I feel for him, I admire him, he's proved his mettle as far as endurance goes. Yes, Barack Obama seems like he has new and fresh ideas. I suppose, but are any of them really practical or really that fresh. Plus, I personally don't find him to be that engaging. Also, he can't dance worth a darn. I've never seen John McCain dance, but since he is a frightening 72 years old, he probably doesn't know how anyway. :0) Barack Obama is not old. I think the fact that he's under 50 is why people love him so much. However, it really seems like he has no real experience. John McCain has experience, but I'm not sure I like his record. (That's pretty much all I know about either of them.) I'm tired of the media dissecting every little tidbit of everything. Blah, blah, blah is all I hear and so I usually switch from the political discussions and watch Food Network instead. I'm much happier when I'm uninformed.
So, since I'm not informed enough to choose between the 2 major candidates, I'm going to nominate a new one. I know just about as much about him as the other two and what I do know I like: Cookie Monster because C is for cookie (and Christa) and that's good enough for me.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Another example: I was doing laundry last week and Avery strolled into the room and asked me if I would make her some toast. I told her sure that she just had to wait until I was done putting clothes into the dryer. She said, "but I'm the most special-est Queen Avery. You have to do it now." Can you tell that she's the only girl?
Now, you may have noticed that this post serves a twofold purpose. It is post #200. Let my contest commence. Is anyone else as happy as I am? My fingers are shaking and making it difficult to type. My whole body is just vibrating with the joy I'm feeling. I'm hyperventilating and may have to put my head between my legs to keep from fainting. I'm just that excited.
So, here's how this will work. Since this is a first time thing for me, I'm going to be a big, fat copy cat and run this little affair they way I've seen others (Kristina) run theirs. Leave a comment on this post and you have entered. If you post on your own blog about this contest and then let me know, you will get a double entry. I will then use Random.org to select the winner. If you are the randomly selected extra, special person, you will be entitled to receive $25 American Express Gift Card. (I wanted it to be a $20 gift card so that you could think of it as receiving a penny for every post. I think that's right. I'm not so good with math. But, noooo, they don't make that denomination.) I'm going to allow comments to be made for 200 hours. That means that it will close on October 10th after 8 days and 8 hours. (Because that adds up to 200.) According to my clock, it is now 2:26 p.m. I'm going to begin the contest now. It will end on the 10th at 10:26 p.m. Comments made after that will not be part of the randomness. Now, I'm pretty sure that I will be attending Kristina's Meet & Greet on the 11th. If I do, and if I remember to select the random person the night before and if you happen to be attending the same soiree, you will have the fabulous opportunity to receive your gift then.
I'm now calling out (AGAIN) all friends and family who read my blog, yet never leave a comment. Quit being scaredy cats and just leave one already. Don't you want to have the opportunity to reap the benefits of my tremendous generosity? You can do it. I know you can. The more the merrier.
Good luck to all!