Thursday, July 31, 2008

Tagged By Megs

A = ADVOCATE FOR: Teachers getting better pay and more respect.
B = BEST FEATURE: Sympathetic
C= COULDN'T DO WITHOUT: Russ
D = DREAMS AND DESIRES: Travel, travel, travel. Figure out something cool to accomplish and accomplish it.
E = ESSENTIAL ITEM: Passport and Costco Card
F= FAVORITE PAST TIME: Talking to friends and family and reading.
G= GOOD AT: lately, worrying.
H = HAVE NEVER TRIED: Bungee jumping and I don't think I ever will.
I = IF I HAD A MILLION DOLLARS: I would invest most of it and then I would travel and find people to help with the money.
K = KINDRED SPIRIT(s): If you mean who do I think and feel most like--Jo March. If you mean who do I love to hang out with--too many to list.
L = LITTLE KNOWN FACT: I traveled to Hawaii without my suitcase (no, not on purpose).
M = MEMORABLE MOMENT: Saying goodbye to Russ when he left on his mission.
N = NEVER AGAIN WILL I: ride Finding Nemo.
O = OCCASIONAL INDULGENCE: pickle juice, green olives and m&m cookie dough ice cream (it's to die for)!
P= PERSON I MOST ADMIRE: Florence Nightingale
Q = QUOTE: I have a few good ones: "Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months."-Oscar Wilde "Life is pain princess. . .anyone who says differently is selling something." -The Princess Bride "I read an walked for miles at night along the beach, writing bad blank verse and searching endlessly for someone wonderful who would step out of the darkness and change my life. It never crossed my mind that that person could be me."-Anna Quindlen "Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like minutes. That's relativity." -Albert Einstein "Dance like no one is watching. Sing like no one is listening. Love like you've never been hurt and live like it's heaven on Earth." -Mark Twain
R = REASON TO SMILE: Being somewhere with someone and being so full of joy that you want everything to stay just as it is and remembering those times.
S = SORRY ABOUT: forgetting people's names two seconds after they tell me what it is.
T = TAG SOME FRIENDS: Tiffany Dewitt, Ginna, Dave, Dustin
U = UNINTERESTED IN: hearing anymore crying from either of my two kids--especially at the same time.
V = VERY SCARED OF: Russ dying or anyone at all close to me dying. They can't leave me here all alone. I would miss everyone WAY too much. I'm also deathly afraid of Polygamy.
W = WORST HABIT: Lately it's been worrying a lot and getting far too worked up over being a mom and all the stress that comes with it.
X = X MARKS MY IDEAL VACATION SPOT: Anywhere and everywhere, but I really want to go to the beach at the moment so Hawaii sounds perfect.
Y = YESTERYEAR DECADE OF CHOICE: 1940's, but really I don't think I could stand being a woman any time but now and I don't like war.
Z = ZODIAC SIGN: Scorpio.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Pioneer Day



We had a very fun, very full Pioneer Day. Russ took a half-day and we headed to Taste of the Valley. We've done this for several years now, but think this may be our last for awhile. It's getting way too crowded. Most years we're rolling out with eating so much food, but this year there weren't as many booths and the lines were horrendous. After baking in the unruly heat we decided to cool off at Lehi's super sweet pool. Even Hannah went swimming and liked it and of course Gen LOVED it. Russ and I did too. Then we had dinner and shopping excitement at IKEA. And to finish off the day we did some fireworks.



Friday, July 25, 2008

Chamber Maid

So I've been reading some books and I've seen a movie or two in the last little while where those poor servants have to clean out their superiors chamber pots. That even meant, in some cases, if you were a lower servant you cleaned an upper servant's pot for them. I just keep thinking, wow that's nasty! I'm so glad I didn't live back then because I wouldn't want to try to use one of those things and I definitely would HATE cleaning out some one else's waste. It was after thinking this for like the tenth time that I came to the horridly slow realization--I was that very chamber maid. For the last little while as Genevieve has given up diapers I have been cleaning out her little potty every time she visits the edifice. It was then that I decided it was time for the little potty to go and she now needed to move to the regular potty. She refused to go when she discovered that her pink potty had disappeared. Luckily it didn't/couldn't last long and now I'm only wiping bottoms.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

200 Have and Have Nots

I saw this on Brittany's blog and I wanted to do it too. So what you do is bold all of the things you've done.

1. Touched an iceberg
2. Slept under the stars

3. Been a part of a hockey fight
4. Changed a baby’s diaper
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Swam with wild dolphins--no but I totally want to! I want to hold on to them while they swim.
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a tarantula
10. Said “I love you” and meant it
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Stayed up all night long and watched the sun rise
15. Seen the Northern Lights (no but this is on the life list!)
16. Gone to a professional sports game
17. Been to the top of the Sears Tower
18. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
19. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
20. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment Unfortunately this happens all too often.
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Bet on a winning horse
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping And I HIGHLY recommend it. I can't wait until I can do it again.
27. Taken an ice cold bath
28. Had a meaningful conversation with a beggar
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Ridden a roller coaster
31. Hit a home run
32. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
33. Adopted an accent for fun

34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Felt very happy about your life, even for just a moment
36. Loved your job 90% of the time
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Watched wild whales
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Gone on a midnight walk on the beach
41. Gone sky diving
42. Visited Ireland-want to
43. Ever bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited India-want to
45. Bench-pressed your own weight
46. Milked a cow
47. Alphabetized your personal files
48. Ever worn a superhero costume
49. Sung karaoke
50. Lounged around in bed all day I can't wait until I can do it again.
51. Gone snorkling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Done something you should regret, but don’t
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Sung on a CD
60. Gone without food for 3 days
61. Made cookies from scratch
62. Won first prize in a costume contest
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Been in a combat zone
65. Spoken more than one language fluently
66. Gotten into a fight while attempting to defend someone
67. Bounced a check
68. Read - and understood - your credit report (mostly)
69. Recently bought and played with a favorite childhood toy Well I didn't buy it, but I borrowed back my NES (the old school one) and I've been playing Zelda on it. I still think it's the best Zelda.
70. Found out something significant that your ancestors did
71. Called or written your Congress person
72. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over-This often sounds good to me.
73. Seen the Golden Gate Bridge
74. Helped an animal give birth
75. Been fired or laid off from a job
76. Won money
77. Broken a bone
78. Ridden a motorcycle
79. Driven any land vehicle at a speed of greater than 100 mph Ah the Autobahn. I drove faster than Russ did, but I was scarred spitless!
80. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
81. Slept through an entire flight: takeoff, flight, and landing
82. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
83. Eaten sushi-YUCK!
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read The Bible cover to cover
86. Changed someone’s mind about something you care deeply about
87. Gotten someone fired for their actions
88. Gone back to school
89. Changed your name-I'm guessing this means not just your last name.
90. Caught a fly in the air with your bare hands- No, but I watched my three-year old cousin do it. It was so cool!!
91. Eaten fried green tomatoes
92. Read The Iliad
93. Taught yourself an art from scratch
94. Killed an animal and prepared and ate it.
95. Apologized to someone years after inflicting the hurt

96. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language -- It's not that fun.
97. Been elected to public office
98. Thought to yourself that you’re living your dream
99. Had to see someone you love in hospice care
100. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn’t know you
101. Had a booth at a street fair
102. Dyed your hair
103. Been a DJ
104. Rocked a baby to sleep
105. Ever dropped a cat from a high place to see if it really lands on all four
106. Raked your carpet- I'm not quite sure why someone would do this.
107. Brought out the best in people- I really don't know.
108. Brought out the worst in people- I really don't know.
109. Worn a mood ring
110. Ridden a horse
111. Carved an animal from a piece of wood or bar of soap
112. Cooked a dish where four people asked for the recipe
113. Buried a child
114. Gone to a Broadway play on Broadway-someday
115. Been inside the pyramids-someday
116. Shot a basketball into a basket
117. Danced at a disco
118. Played in a band
119. Shot a bird
120. Gone to an arboretum
121. Tutored someone
122. Ridden a train
123. Brought an old fad back into style
124. Eaten caviar
125. Let a salesman talk you into something you didn’t need
126. Ridden a giraffe or elephant-No, but this is something I HAVE to do before I die! Ever since I saw the jungle book I've wanted to ride an elephant bare back and say "Tut, Tut."
127. Published a book
128. Pieced a quilt (helped)
129. Lived in an historic place-Well it does say Welcome to Historic Provo on all of the signs.
130. Acted in a play or performed on a stage
131. Asked for a raise
132. Made a hole-in-one
133. Gone deep sea fishing
134. Gone roller skating
135. Run a marathon
136. Learned to surf
137. Invented something
138. Flown first class
139. Spent the night in a 5-star luxury suite
140. Flown in a helicopter
141. Visited Africa- No but I have to do this too!
142. Sang a solo
143. Gone spelunking This is where I figured out that I'm claustrophobic.
144. Learned how to take a compliment
145. Written a love-story
146. Seen Michelangelo’s David
147. Had your portrait painted
148. Written a fan letter
149. Spent the night in something haunted-Woah and I never EVER will. YIKES!
150. Owned a St. Bernard or Great Dane
151. Ran away
152. Learned to juggle
153. Been a boss
154. Sat on a jury
155. Lied about your weight
156. Gone on a diet
157. Found an arrowhead or a gold nugget
158. Written a poem
159. Carried your lunch in a lunchbox
160. Gotten food poisoning Let's just say I'm horribly terrified of Wendy's chicken sandwiches.
161. Gone on a service, humanitarian or religious mission- Someday! I totally want to go to Africa!
162. Hiked the Grand Canyon
163. Sat on a park bench and fed the ducks
164. Gone to the opera
165. Gotten a letter from someone famous
166. Worn knickers- Isn't that just another way to say pants?
167. Ridden in a limousine
168. Attended the Olympics
169. Can hula or waltz -both
170. Read a half dozen Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys books
171. Been stuck in an elevator
172. Had a revelatory dream
173. Thought you might crash in an airplane
174. Had a song dedicated to you on the radio or at a concert
175. Saved someone’s life
176. Eaten raw whale
177. Know how to sew
178. Laughed till your side hurt
179. Straddled the equator- that sounds cool
180. Taken a photograph of something other than people that is worth framing
181. Gone to a Shakespeare Festival
182. Sent a message in a bottle
183. Spent the night in a hostel-Several actually.
184. Been a cashier
185. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
186. Joined a union
187. Donated blood or plasma
188. Built a campfire
189. Kept a blog
190. Had chicken pox
191. Worn custom made shoes or boots
192. Made a PowerPoint presentation
193. Taken a Hunter’s Safety Course
194. Served at a soup kitchen
195. Conquered the Rubik’s cube
196. Know CPR
197. Ridden in or owned a convertible
198. Found a long lost friend
199. Helped solve a crime
200. Received a professional massage

Monday, July 21, 2008

Europe Here We Come



I wish that were true. It's going to be true again someday soon. But now to the point. Genevieve, a few days ago, sat and watched an entire episode of Rick Steves. What two year old does that? Watch out Russ! You've got another trip fanatic on your hands.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

A Myriad of Posts

So I think of things all the time that I want to blog about, but then I either have no time, don't feel like it or forget what it was I wanted to blog about. So here is some of those in a condensed version.

I'm EXHAUSTED!

So I realized a few days ago I've been tired for a year straight and realistically
I've been tired on and off ever since Genevieve was born. But for a year I don't remember a time when I actually got a decent night's sleep. Pregnancy definitely took an ugly toll and now with Hannah being here it has become ever more the challenge to find time to sleep. I just want one night where I can go to bed relatively early and sleep through the night without being awoken by a hungry or sick child or by my worried mind wondering if someone is going to wake me up.

How Is This Even Possible?!

Ok so I swear NO one else's children get sick as often as mine do. What is Genevieve doing? Is she cleaning each floor and surface with her tongue of every house, store and building we visit when I'm not looking?! Is she inhaling with vigor all the sneezes, coughs and bodily mists that emanate from every living soul?! She must be, because she is sick again for the third time in six weeks. (And I'm sure you all remember how we were literally sick the WHOLE winter). Hannah got the first couple and lucky me has gotten all of them. I'm so tired of this. I think we're seriously considering moving to our own deserted island where nursery and the public can no longer reach us. I literally can't take much more of this. Like I said before I'm beyond tired and I'm absolutely "sick" of being sick. I'm through! So let the sick gods take note. It's high time you left us alone and found someone else to pick on because I think one more illness anytime in the near future is going to send me either to my grave or into a raving lunatic.

Independence Day

was awesome! And so were the days following it. We had a great time going to the parade, eating food, hanging out with family and friends and watching lots of fireworks. It's such a good holiday. Here are some pictures. . .

Cul-de-sac of Fire





Parade








Lunch at Mom's and Dad's





Swimming with Friends