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Monday, September 28, 2009

Verbal Personality

This is what S brought home as a description of a certain personality. Hmmmmm.. She thought it sounded a lot like me. What do you think? Does this fit?

"You need to say, hear and see words. You like to speak, write, read, and listen. You can verbally or in writing explain, convince, and express yourself. You enjoy writing and creating words. You "LOVE" books. You like to tell stories. You like to be "secretary", take notes, and use word processor. You like to talk to people, write thoughts down on paper (journal), write letters, create poetry, understand puns, listen to people talk and speaking in front of others. You like creative writing, tongue twisters, puns and humor. You work word puzzles, and enjoy solving riddles. You are interested in the meaning, sounds, and rhythms of words."

Gearing Up!

Okay. Tomorrow is basically insanity on a treadmill. UGH! working for 3 hours at the school, 3 Parent teacher conferences (2 with 6 teachers each at the same time dif schools), a flag football game, a volleyball game, an orthodontist appointment, 2 piano practices, homework, running to the 3 stores on errands, young women activities, and volunteering at the Library. Don't know when we will be eating the cold cereal that is on the menu.

Oh yea... and J is out of town...
*girds up loins*

Here is a smile, tho, that I'm going to carry in my back pocket to get me through it and other days like this one. (Also I stashed a chocolate bar at the back of the cupboard as a finish line celebration!)

“Why God made Moms” Answers given by 2nd-grade school children to the following questions.

Why did God make mothers?
1. She's the only one who knows where the scotch tape is.
2. Mostly to clean the house.
3. To help us out of there when we were getting born.

How did God make mothers?
1. He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.
2. Magic plus super powers and a lot of stirring.
3. God made my Mom just the same as he made me. He just used bigger parts.

What ingredients are mothers made of?
1. God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice in the world and one dab of mean.
2. They had to get their start from men's bones. Then they mostly use string, I think.

Why did God give you your mother and not some other mom?
1. Because we're related.
2. God knew she likes me a lot more than other people's moms like me.

What kind of little girl was your mom?
1. My mom has always been my mom and none of that other stuff.
2. I don't know because I wasn't there, but my guess would be pretty bossy.
3. They say she used to be nice.

What did mom need to know about dad before she married him?
1. His last name.
2. She had to know his background. Like is he a crook? Does he get drunk on beer?
3. Does he make at least $800 a year? Did he say NO to drugs and YES to chores?

Why did your Mom marry your dad?
1. My dad makes the best spaghetti in the world. And my mom eats a lot.
2. She got too old to do anything else with him.
3. My grandma says that Mom didn't have her thinking cap on.

Who's the boss at your house?
1. Mom doesn't want to be boss, but she has to because dad's such a goof ball.
2. Mom. You can tell by room inspection. She sees the stuff under the bed.
3. I guess Mom is, but only because she has a lot more to do than dad.

What's the difference between moms and dads?
1. Moms work at work and work at home, & dads just go to work at work.
2. Moms know how to talk to teachers without scaring them.
3. Dads are taller and stronger, but moms have all the real power 'cause that's who you've got to ask if you want to sleep over at your friend's. Moms have magic - they make you feel better without medicine.

What does your mom do in her spare time?
1. Mothers don't do spare time.
2. To hear her tell it, she pays bills all day long.

What would it take to make your Mom perfect?
1. On the inside she's already perfect. Outside, I think some kind of plastic surgery.
2. Dye her hair - maybe blue.

If you could change one thing about your mom, what would it be?
1. She has this weird thing about me keeping my room clean. I'd get rid of that.
2. I'd make my Mom smarter. Then she would know it was my sister who did it and not me.
3. I would like her to get rid of those invisible eyes at her back of her head.

Monday, June 22, 2009

My Dad's Day

Did y'all know that I was born on Father's Day? Yep. My mom says that they had to have someone go to the Doctor's Sacrement meeting to pull him out of church on Father's day to deliver me. (before beepers and cell phones ya know)
Here is picture of us together on the first Father's Day.. aren't we both cute? He's the one with the awesome sideburns...

Some years I get to share the day with my dad. This year I got Saturday and he got Sunday. I like that arrangement best cuz we get to hang out together for two days in a row. *smiles*

On Saturday he came to see me and he was driving his new toy, a 2009 Mustang. Super cool and flashy silver! He let me drive it! Awesome! What a great present! I only kinda felt like I was 16 again with my dad watching how I was driving. *grin*

On Sunday we got to have dinner together! He fixed yummy dutch oven with extra mushrooms *happy sigh* I had three helpings!

My dad is awesome. I think that he can fix anything. He has a creative talent to think up solutions. He always seems prepared and is a perfectionist about doing a good job on his projects. He is always helpful, dependable, and trustworthy - chock full (why do we say that?) of Integrity. He loves to enjoy the outdoors and to have a good time. He is a man with some great hobbies and he loves to spend time with friends and family.

I just love all of these things about him and more! Happy Father's Day dad!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Happy Birthday to Me!!

I love this day so much!! *HUGE GRIN* It's my birthday!!

Remember that everyday is worth celebrating...Make the most of it!
and every birthday just means that you are one year better....

Here is a taste of my history in hair. I've been scanning these to include in my book about femininity & true beauty...(Beware snarky comments - I know where you all live! *cheese*!) I love the high school pics even better than the handle bar pig tails... *laughs* ahhhh teenager years...

Niki All Growed Up

My baby cousin is all growed up!! She is a doll of a girl and I just think the world of her. In my mind she has always been this cutest little 6 year old.... Thinking this way comes from being one of the oldest cousins, I guess.

This all changed on June 5th, 2009... I was watching the video that was made of her and cute fella for her wedding and I teared up.. I was seeing her grow up before my eyes and I was so proud of her and everything she had become that tears streamed down my cheeks (as they are now, actually, just thinking about it *smiles*) She is amazing! (Check the footwear! sparkly white tennies! *loves it* )

It was so so so neat to be there as the entire family (minus the cutie little grandson) sat in the sealing room of the temple for this wedding. I cannot describe the beauty in that. What a wonderful family these are. I just love them. They are terrific examples to me and a TON of fun to be around! Thanks to them for all of that and more! I absolutely LOVED being there at the temple with you for this neat event!

What a wonderful day the wedding was for everyone, but especially this awesome young lady and her terrific guy! Congratulations doesn't cover it... but it is the right sentiment. I love you Niki and wish for you every blessing and happiness!

Friday, June 19, 2009


Finally the sun has come out to play!!

*does a happy dance*

That is all....

Sew, Sew, Sew your bonnet.....

S and I are going on TREK! *cheers* We are packing the bare neccesities into a 5 gal bucket, putting on pioneer dresses and old fashion headgear and starting off next week to live like the pioneers.

We'll be pulling (or pushing) handcarts on average 5 miles a day in the wilderness. I've been working out, taking long walks, and doing push ups to get ready. I even mowed my lawn the other day without the self propel thingy engaged. *wiggles eyebrows up and down*

We are so excited!

Well.. we are actually exited more about the company then the attire and accommodations. Also the experience itself. Our family has been researching our ancestors and the other pioneer that left everything to come and make a new place here in Utah.

I am so thankful to them and what they went through to make this a terrific place for my family. I'm grateful for their examples and hope that I can be a little more like them because of this trek.

I'm appreciating them a lot more today because I am struggling to sew a few skirts and pantaloons for myself. Domestic arts are not my forte. I'm glad this project won't be graded or scrutinized too closely. I am SOOOOOOO glad that I, at least, have a sewing machine. I can't imagine making all of my clothes.

See? already I am turning my hearts to my ancestors....

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

SV Graduates are Awesome!

Some of my favorite Young Women just graduated from SV. I am so excited for them, but sad that they are moving on. I am so so proud of them. They are terrific girls. I have loved being around them. Just thinking about them makes me smile. Some I don't get to see as much because of a ward split, but I still claim them and cheer for their every accomplishment. Even the girls in my ward are hard to keep up with because they are so busy and involved with lots of things. I just think the world of them. *grin* Young Women are just awesome!

I snuck into graduation just to watch them get their diplomas. It was held at the University Basketball stadium in order to accommodate all the family. The super cool side benefit of this is that each graduate got to appear on the jumbo tron when their name was called. Awesome! I loved seeing them grin and wave. *heart about bursts*

I really wish that I had my camera to take a picture of them all facing the podium with their mortar board caps on. It was really cool to see the blue and white of SV with all the tassels dangling! I just grin whenever I hear "Pomp and Circumstance"? I also loved watching all the proud parents taking pictures and grinning. Such a great day.

I wish I could get a picture of all of them... I've posted a few (nipped them off of their facebook profiles *hehe*) Aren't they gorgeous? The others are too! Love you ladies! GO SV Class of 2009!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Monster Truck Fun

The last few days of school was a whirlwind for us. But filled with good things.. one of my favorites was the 1st grade Drive In Movie. The 1st graders get to make cars out of cardboard boxes and then drive them into the gym to watch a movie as an end of year celebration. J and I had a great time making his. I was relishing it because I knew it would be my last one. *sniffles*

He had some really fantastic ideas (he does come from a long line of car guys!). We settled on a monster truck with big ol' knobby wheels. We were working on our grill design when we stumbled on an online pic of a grill that looked like sharp teeth and then the "Monster" truck ideas started flying. We researched scary eyes and J thought up the slit pupil thing. After we choose a sage green color out of my box o' paints, he came up with incorporating scales (he learned about texture lines in art class - scales being the fav.) and a Rock On Dragon Truck was born.

It turned out great! We had a fun time painting it and J found the foam blocks to turn into bumpers (his brilliant idea) and I made twin tail pipes chromed out with foil to finish it off. J and his best buddy (also in 1st grade with a flying car complete with real steering wheel) did the scales.

In the end tho, J's sweet ride was overshadowed (literally) with a refridgerator box turned int Optimus Prime. 4 or 5 kids (J being one) could fit inside to watch the movie which they did. Hey even the coolest human made vehicle can't compete with an Autobot.