Sunday, January 29, 2006

Another Tag

Now that the Blue & Gold Banquet is over, I can breathe again and answer these fun questions that Holly tagged me with.

The rules for this particular tagging are as follows: Remove the blog name in the top spot from the following list and bump everyone up one place. Then add yourself to the bottom slot.


  1. Amy
  2. Traci
  3. April
  4. Holly
  5. Kristi

Then you get to select five people to pass the love on to.
1. Carin
2. Teresa
3. Erin
4. Erica


Here are the questions.

What were you doing 10 years ago?

I was living in Lincoln. Working as at Krayon Kampus Daycare and substitute teaching. I was pregnant and expecting Jameson in June.

What were you doing 1 year ago?

Not much different than I am doing this year. I just started subbing in the 04/05 school year. I went to our first Sorority Scrap and stayed until almost 6am. We did one again last weekend and because of the spy party which was starting at 9:30 am, I think I only stayed until 2am.

Five snacks you enjoy (in no particular order, as all snacks are created equal):

  1. Homestyle Butter Popcorn from Pop Secret
  2. Gardettos
  3. Mini Chocolate Covered Donuts
  4. Honey Graham Chex Mix
  5. Chips & Dips

Five songs to which you KNOW all the lyrics:

  1. Wheels on the Bus
  2. Our House- Madness
  3. Love is Spoken Here- we sing this every morning
  4. Go Away Little Girl(from Donny's purple socks days)
  5. Don't you want me by the Human League

Five things you would do if you were a millionaire:

  1. Get rid of all our debts
  2. Travel more- would love to see Europe
  3. Put $$ away for college
  4. Send my Parents on a Scandinavian Cruise
  5. Build a house on an acreage in the country with a paved road from the highway

Five bad habits:

  1. eating too much
  2. eating bad stuff- love my carbs!!
  3. I let my office get really dirty before I clean it
  4. I am way to quick to criticize my kids
  5. not disciplined in a good daily routine

Five things you like doing:

  1. scrapbooking
  2. hanging out with good friends/family
  3. watching Alias or other good movies
  4. gardening
  5. reading

Five things you would never wear, buy, or get again:

  1. decorative scissors
  2. stirrup pants
  3. Navy panty hose
  4. eyelets- I have way too many, I'll never run out
  5. non fitted slipcovers

Five favorite toys:

1. computer
2. my CD player in my kitchen
3. my camera
4. our DVD player in our house
5. DVD player in our van

First time you got kissed: How was it? I was in 4th Grade- it was one of those dare things. I don't remember thinking much of the whole kissing thing. Next time was 7th grade and it was definitely yucky.

First time you drove a car: What kind of car? I'm think it was my Dad's Honda Accord. Either that or my older sister's honda civic hatchback.

First time you scrapbooked: When you look at your page do you love it? First time was a few months after Jameson was born. Hated that page- tore it up and did something different with it. But sadly enough my pictures were already all cut up into ovals and other weird shapes.

First time you went on a date: Where did you go and with who? I guess my first date was when I was went to the 9th grade promotion dance. I went with Mick Brokaw on a triple date. We ate at Valentino's(a nicer pizza place) I was worried I'd spill something on my white dress. Before the dance we went to his friend Seth's house for pictures and his parents' offered us a glass of champagne- we were in 9th grade- needless to say I did not accept.

First time you fell in love: How did you know? 15 years old. My thoughts always went back to this same guy up until I got married. I finally had to let "him" go when I met Troy and we started dating.

First time you cooked for someone: Was it yummy? What did you make? I made breakfast for one of my boyfriends the first year I was in college at BYU. I don't remember what I made, but I do remember asking for him to help me with the dishes afterwards and he refused, sat on the couch and told me it was woman's work. That was the last time I cooked for him.

First time you got on a plane: Where did you go Were you scared? I think it was when I was in 9th grade and we went to Florida to go to Disneyworld. We were in Fort Lauderdale on the beach when the Challenger exploded. I wasn't too scare to fly.

First time you shaved your legs: Did you cut yourself? I am pretty sure it was around 7th grade and I am SURE I cut myself. Still do almost everytime I shave.

First time you put on make up: Looking back how did you do? Did you look good or like a clown? I think it was in junior high when I started wearing makeup. I don't think I got too crazy with it. I didn't wear eyeliner until I was 15. Now I can't stand myself without it.

First time you moved out of your home: Was it an apartment, house, etc? Moved out when I went to BYU, fall of 1990. Lived in E. Richards Hall, Heritage Hall. I loved it!

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Spies Like Us

Every couple of years, I let my kids have a friend party. This year it was Connor's turn. For Christmas he received some spy gear that he just loved, so we figured a spy party would be right up his alley. I have to admit, I had a blast planning it. You already know, I love Alias, and so I had fun incorporating words like Safe House and Intelligence and Dead Drop into my lingo so I could run the party as their Senior Handler.

My good friend Cheryl came and helped me run the party. I seriously could not have done it without her. She was also the official photographer- again, which I am so grateful for.

So the boys arrived around 9:30. We issued them an ID tag and as we were waiting for all the trainees to arrive we did some physical training- push ups, situps, etc. We then quizzed the new recruits on famous spies who came before them- you know Kim Possible, James Bond, Harriet the Spy, Sherlock Holmes and of course, Carmen & Juni Cortez. We then took their fingerprints on their ID cards and the Spy Academy officially commenced. We did a disguise relay- because it is very important to be able to change your identity quickly in the spy business. We then did an exercise to hone their observation skills. They studied a briefcase full of things spies use and then had 2 minutes to write down as many items as they remembered. Next we passed out black and white glossy photos for them to alter and come up with an alias for- so we could upload their new identities to the computer. The last part of our training was a obstacle course to test their physical abilities. They had to balance on a pair of pool noodles, crawl through a 10 foot cardboard tunnel that Troy made from a couple of downspout boxes, shoot a nerf gun two times at a target, jump up on the mini trampoline to touch a button on the wall that deactivated the heat sensors on the floor, so they could crawl on the floor underneath a lazer web to pull a bomb off the wall. They then had to shoot it through a containment hoop and then disarm it completely by breaking it.

Now that they were fully qualified field agents, they were sent on a mission to find the stolen birthday presents. They had to break codes and read clues to figure out where the missing presents were located. They really had a fun time with this and wrote the codes and keywords down in their little notebooks. After discovering the presents, which were hidden in the bathroom, they had one more mission to complete- a bomb in the kitchen was going to detonate in 10 minutes unless they attended to it. So we went up and had cake and ice cream. We then opened presents and spent the last few minutes playing and watching Spy Kids. They took home a file that had their alias pictures, notebooks and pencils, sunglasses, disguise glasses, a compass, some gum and a little magnifying glass. Posted by Picasa

Monday, January 16, 2006

4 X 4

Thanks to Erin, AmyB & Erica for the tag! Fun game- althought not quite as fun to type out the 2nd time- I had this all typed up and my browser crashed.

4 jobs I've had in my life:
Salad Girl at Buffy’s Buffet- my first job
Telephone Surveyor at a Research Firm- the Exlax surveys were the WORST!
Custiodian at the BYU Law Library- 4am-8am shift- yucky!
Substitute Teacher- actually quite enjoying this a few days a month at the boys’ school!

4 movies I'd watch over and over:
Summer Magic w/ Hayley Mills
Savannah Smiles
Sense & Sensibility
13 Going on 30

4 places I've lived:
Austin, Minnesota
Lincoln, Nebraska
Provo, Utah
Syracuse, Nebraska


4 tv shows I love to watch:
Alias- the only show I faithfully watch
What Not to Wear
Decorating Cents
30 Minute Meals

4 places I've been on vacation:
Canada-Ottawa sticks out as my favorite from that vacation
Glacier National Park- in Montana & Canada- so beautiful!
Copper Harbor, Michigan & the rest of the Keewenaw Pennisula
Rapid City, SD & the Black Hills


4 websites I visit daily:
Various squirrely blogs
Alias Media
Two Peas
Pandora- thanks Becky!


4 favorite foods:
Pizza Hut Pizza
Gardetto's
Devil’s Food Cake
Spinach & Artichoke Dip


4 places I'd rather be right now:
at the Scrapbook store w/ a filled punch card
at the library in Lincoln- so many books to choose from
at the movies with our whole family
snuggled up on the couch, with my sweetie watching Alias!


I think all my blogging friends have been tagged- but I would still love to see answers from-
Teresa
April
Carin
Christy

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

I'll Tumble 4 Ya

No, I am not talking about the Culture Club song. I am finally delivering the goods on Genna's tumbling pictures. She had such a fun time. I don't know if it comes from being the 3rd child or being in Nursery at church, but it surprised me how outgoing she was in this situation. She jumped right in there and tried everything they told her to do. At the end of the class, they went around the circle and asked the kids to name one thing they learned or did that day. She said that she learned, "Back Flips". I think she was referring to the bridge up that they did. I had a hard time getting her to leave the room she loved it so much. Who knows maybe we have a future gymnast on our hands? Posted by Picasa

Saturday, January 07, 2006

The Music Man & other things to whistle about.

Today was an awesome day. I got to sleep in. Genna went to her first tumbling class- don't worry, I'll post some pictures in the next few days. Jameson was in a free throw contest and made 7 out of 15 shots, getting 3rd place in his age group. Troy took the boys to cut out their pinewood derby cars and Genna and I snuggled on the couch and watched Toy Story. My boys both loved that movie, so it was sort of nostalgic sitting there with her watching it. Anyway, then when the boys got home we went outside and played b/c it was a gorgeous day. Made yummy hamburgers & fries with fry sauce for dinner and after showers settled down to watch the Music Man with the whole family. Can I just tell you how much I loved it? I will admit- it sort of put our whole family into slumber mode. Genna was out after only a few bites of kettle corn. Connor couldn't sit still so he lasted a little longer. Not sure when Jameson checked out, but I think it was before I woke up from my little nap. But it is hard to stay awake when you are snuggled up with your sweetie on one side and your precious little girl on the other. But wake up I did and thoroughly enjoyed the rest of the movie. There were so many songs I never knew came from this show. I thought Molly Shannon was hilarious in this and of course, I love Victor Garber, who is in my all time favorite show, Alias. After watching it, I found my self whistling the 76 Trombones song and I am ususally not a whistling kind of girl. It just was such a feel good kind of a movie. I read some reviews of people who had seen the original didn't like this version, but having never seen it myself, I was completely impressed by this one.

All in all, it was such a great day and I think I should whistle more often! Posted by Picasa

Friday, January 06, 2006

Jameson's First Basketball Game




















Jameson has his first basketball game last night. It lasted a whole 8 minutes during half time of the Varsity Boys game. Even though it was shortlived- it was exciting, nonetheless. Although, after watching the HS boys play, our little 3rd graders seemed so small. Jameson got to throw the ball in to start the play and help bring it down the court- is that a forward or a guard? It's been too many years since I played on the junior high team. Anyway, Jameson played great and had a lot of fun. I am looking forward to many more of his basketball games. Posted by Picasa

Monday, January 02, 2006

A New Year


It is hard to believe that it is 2006. I am sure it will take me a good 2 months of writing checks for it to sink in. We had a wonderful Christmas and a great time ringing in the New Year with friends. We have been enjoying one more day of vacation- tomorrow the kids will go back to school and Troy will go back to work. I am definitely looking forward to getting back to our routines.

We had a FHE last night on setting goals. This is what we came up with:

Daily Scripture Study- 7:00 am at the kitchen table- with your scriptures ready- no getting up to get drinks of water or to use the restroom. We're going to try hard to devote 15 minutes uninterrupted to reading what Heavenly Father wants us to know.

Have a Positive Attitude- All of us need to work on this. We are going to try really hard to remember all the blessings we have in our life- and when we are upset or in a bad mood remind each other to recall at least 5 of those blessings. We are also going to try and think of a song to sing that can help us adjust our mood.

Show Love to One Another- Well, being respectful was on our Goal list for last year and we still struggled with it, so this year we decided to take it a step further and be more proactive at getting along. We are going to try and say I love you more often and also try to find ways daily to serve each other. The boys are going to try and play together more often.

Be Healthier- All of us are going to attempt to exercise more often- anyway we can get it. The boys want to play more basketball, I want to try to incorporate walking everyday. Troy and I are giving up Pop. And we are all going to try and eat more fruits and veggies and less junk food.

We ended our FHE by setting some personal goals. Playing with my children more and taking more time to preserve our family memories(scrapbooking) are at the top of my list. I had to laugh today when Jameson told me his goal was to play the Gamecube or watch tv for 1 hour a day. I guess we will have to do a little bit more talking about settting goals that make us stretch a little bit. I think he is pretty darn good at his goal already.

I hope that 2006 is a wonderful year for everyone!
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