Tuesday, January 29, 2008

I'm it

I have been tagged, and must list 6 things no one knows about me. This kind of info falls into 2 different categories. Things no one knows that I don't care if they know, and things no one knows that I hope no one ever finds out. I'm sure you can guess what category my six things for this post will fall into!

so, lets get started.

#1. I am afraid of the dark. Its true. Now, I wouldn't say that I am a "true" Nyctophobe. But my husband will tell you the "let's leave the hall light on" is a near nightly argument in our house. He wants to turn it off...and well, .......I don't. And I know exactly where this fear came from. The blame for my phobia rests squarely on my father's shoulders. :) Just ask Rachel, and she will tell you. My dad used to own a Freddy Krueger mask. enough said. Not only can I not sleep in the dark, but I can not walk into a dark room. (this is also courtesy of daddio) I always crane my arm around the corner to flip the switch. If the switch isn't close to the door, the solution is simple. I don't turn the light off when I leave. There's just something about not being able to see if someone is in the room waiting for you! It is for this reason I also make Mike sleep closest to the door. Then, if anyone breaks in, they will get him first....and I might have time to escape!

#2. I love to sing. And I know most everyone is aware. But did you know my favorite song to sing in the shower is the Star Spangled Banner? Bet you didn't see that one coming. I don't know what it is. But somewhere between the "Oh say can you sees" and the "bombs bursting in air", I get carried away in my secret fantasy that someday I will sing the Star Spangled Banner at a major event. The World Series, the Superbowl maybe??? Or perhaps the Indy 500. I'm not sure. But I envision myself in front of all the fans belting it out. And when I get to the "land of the freeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee".....the crowd goes wild.

#3. I love electronics. If my husband would let me, I would spend every cent I owned on the latest gadgets and gizmos. If you can buy it at Best Buy, I want to own it. I am especially partial to computers and their accessories, big screen tvs with surround sound, and digital cameras. My latest obsession, however, are the new High Definition Hard Drive camcorders. I want one so badly, it is slowly being moved from the want list to the need list. Now...if I could just find a job to PAY for all these things....

#4. I hate messes in small spaces. Example: that junk drawer everyone seems to have in their house? We don't. Drawers, pantries, closets, cupboards.....I can not stand for them to be messy. I'm not sure what it is that makes my skin crawl if their contents aren't situated just so. Organize the spice cupboard is on my weekly chore list. The clothes in my closet are organized by color and sleeve length, hanging in exactly the same direction, on identical hangers. My pantry is re-arranged on a near monthly basis. And I am CONSTANTLY taking pens, keys, paper, coupons, etc. out of a drawer in our kitchen that Mike keeps insisting should be a junk drawer. If you want to throw your clothes on the floor, never make your bed, keep shoes all over the house....go ahead. But forget to stack my plates from biggest to smallest, and you have a fight on your hands!

#5. I want to own a shaved ice business. Seriously! In Utah you can find THESE just about anywhere. When we moved to the hottest city in the world, I wanted one. And I mean I REALLY wanted one. But there aren't any. Anywhere. So, it became my secret ambition to have the first shaved ice stand in my area. I convinced Mike of my genius (and money making) idea, picked out the Snowie stand I wanted, met with the Snowie people, picked a location, got my financing in order and made my business plan. Then....SURPRISE!!!! We were having a baby. And there went my $$$ (and my dreams) of being a small business owner. About one month later I was driving by Lowes, and what did I see? But a portable snowcone stand parked right outside. Can you guess how long the line was? I literally cried. Now, don't get me wrong. Having Miles is certainly better than sucking on flavored ice. But it sure would have been nice to hold him in one arm and a large Tigers Blood snowcone in the other. And so the dream lives on......

#6. I always wanted to be a cowboy queen. Perhaps it was due to my rodeo going, horse riding, steer feeding, wrangler wearing up bringing. But I remember going to the rodeos and parades and seeing these girls with pink hats on beautiful horses, with curly fluffy hair and big crowns. And I wanted to be them. They would come in before the rodeo and race around the arena on their fast horses, holding the reigns with one hand and doing their distinctive bouncy, side to side wave with the other. (If you've ever seen it, you know what I'm talking about). I practiced this wave in the mirror. I know I'll never be a cowboy queen. But I still get a little nostalgic at rodeos. And the girls with the fluffy hair and funny waves always make me smile. :)

Tag....you're it: Rachel, Amy, Kristi and Ashley

Monday, January 21, 2008

Quotes from Kids

This was inspired by my sister, who posts the funniest stories of her patients.
At church, I teach the 4 year old sunday school class. This weeks lesson was called "I am a child of God". During the lesson, I asked the children "How do you know Heavenly Father loves you?"
These are their responses:
  • Little boy #1: Because he gives me bananas
  • Little girl: Heavenly father loves me because last night my mom made my favoritist, bestest, most delicious dinner ever! Not like all the other crappy dinners.
(hmmmm...I don't think I'll share this tidbit with the child's mother.)
  • Little boy #2: Because He makes water. and when it freezes, you can walk on it. Thats what Jesus did a long time ago in the winter time.
  • Little boy #3: Because I have a family. a really big, hugest family. Because Jesus knowed to have lots of people watch me, or else I get in trouble.
  • Little boy #4: Because he gave us a good teacher for church.
Now, I thought that last one was awfully sweet. Until he followed it up with:
  • "You can be my teacher, because you are old like my mom. And you were probably friends with Jesus when you were a little girl, because that was a long, long, long time ago."
So, just for fun, I asked "Oh...well, how old do you think I am?"
They replied: 15, 13, 5 like me, You're old like my mom and she is atleast 17, ummmm....I think maybe 100.
Can't wait for next week. :)

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Morning Surprise

I woke up this morning to feed and change Miles, and this is what I saw:

When you see something like this, you can't help but have a good day. And note to self: Sometimes plumbers crack can actually be irresistible!

Thursday, January 17, 2008


It's true. I have finally done it. Hit the Jackpot!! Now....it may not be in the way you would expect. I certainly didn't win any money, but what I did win, in my opinion, is even BETTER!! I was reluctant to blog about it until now. Just in case it was a fluke, an accident, or a cruel trick. But it's not. It's real. And now, I think seven is my new favorite number!

I think we have finally reached a very important milestone around our house. A day I have been looking forward to for months. A day that, to me, is nearly as important as the day my son was born. Yes friends, its true....

Miles is Sleeping through the Night!!!
For the last 3 nights in a row I was able to get 7 glorious hours of uninterupted sleep. (hence, the 777. And yes, I really do feel like I hit the jackpot.) I couldn't be more thrilled. Or in the words of my favorite day-time talk show host:

Saturday, January 12, 2008

starting young

Hi everyone...this is Miles. I asked my mom to post this so my Grandma and Grandpa could see how cute I am! Oh...and I wanted to give them a special message

Monday, January 7, 2008


Why is it sometimes my mind can be flooded with ideas. Ideas upon Ideas...so many ideas I think my internal hard drive, where I store all these ideas, is completely full. .so full, in fact, I find it hard to believe I will ever get another good idea at all. I saw these BEAUTIFUL pics today (Yay Allie!) and immediately copied and pasted them here for the rest of the world to see. (More to come later, I'm sure)
and I instantly had so many ideas for them. I have thought of all kinds of creative scrapbook pages, printing/hanging/and framing ideas to decorate my home, and all kinds of things to give as gifts to anyone I can think of to show off my beautiful baby. I was so inspired I decided to start editing my own pictures from Christmas break. Here is my favorite.

I love this photo of my sweet Grandma and her 30th Great grandchild. She was whispering to him how much she loved him just as this picture was taken, and its priceless to me. So, I wanted to get it down on a scrapbook page........

And now....my creative hard drive has CRASHED!!! I have nothing. Not one good idea. Oh, I have tried several times. (7 actually) to get that perfect page. I have 7 files just taking up space in my computer memory. 7 pages that were started with great intentions and abandoned when they just didn't do the picture justice. Just couldn't capture how special this moment is to me. And I am at a loss. Maybe someday my creative juices will come flowing back to me for this project, and maybe not. But for now, I think I will just enjoy the proof I managed to get of this one perfect moment in my little boys life. And I guess that's the most important thing.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Christmas Break

After a great Christmas break, we are happy to be home and getting back into our routine. (this includes much more blogging for me!)

anyway, here is a little look at what we have been up to the last few weeks.