Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Interview of a Lifetime

Okay, so I just PRETENDED that I was being interviewed by some famous person. I got this from Mattsmom's blog. I found it highly entertaining. :)

1. Do you like blue cheese?
Mold?? Are you kidding?? No!
2. Have you ever smoked?
Only second-hand. :P ICK!
3. Do you own a gun?
Do water guns count? Oh, well, then no.
4. What flavor Kool-Aid was your favorite?
Black Cherry. And what do you mean “was??”
5. Do you get nervous before doctor appointments?
Only dentist appointments. Regular doctors don’t bother me much.
6. What do you think of hot dogs?
Eartho-bate. Isn’t that another term for worms?? One time my mom and brother found “eartho-bate” listed as one of the ingredients in hot dogs. Um….haven’t quite been the same since. But I do still eat them…I just don’t try to think about it.
7. Favorite Christmas movie?
Either The Santa Clause (the original) or Elf.
8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning?
9. Can you do push ups?
Can, but don’t.
10. What’s your favorite piece of jewelry?
I love my wedding ring, and, besides my watch, it’s the only jewelry I wear ALL the time.
11. Favorite hobby?
Reading. I’ve just finished the last installment of the Twilight series for the second time. I think I need a new book to read. These ones are giving me vampire nightmares!
12. Do you have ADD?
Um….I think I might, but I’ve never been diagnosed….
13. Do you wear glasses/contacts?
Both. In fact, while we were on our vacation to Arizona I accidentally rolled on top of my glasses, breaking off the temple piece (the part that goes behind your ear…) and I’m still wearing them around. Can you say LOSER? *giggle*
14. Middle name?
15. Name three thoughts at this exact moment.
I have such a cute baby…
My boob kinda hurts.
I want chocolate ice cream.
16. Name three drinks you regularly drink.
Ice water, water, milk. (Yeah, I’m boring….)
17. Current worry?
Are we going to have enough money to cover our bills for the next few months? Why did I stop babysitting? Oh, yeah, that’s right, I had a baby!
18. Current hate right now?
Politics. Actually, I’ve ALWAYS hated politics, but with the conventions going on, I’m going NUTS!
19. Favorite place to be?
Camping with my family.
20. How did you bring in the New Year?
Sleeping. I don’t even really remember celebrating it. Ugh, I’m getting old!
21. Where would you like to go?
I’d love to go to Europe. It’s a goal that I have to visit there sometime before I die. (Nice on the deadlines with my goals too!)
22. Name three people who will complete this.
Um….who knows! I’m not even sure I have anyone who really reads my blog anymore. I’ve gotten so lazy with it….
23. Do you own slippers?
Um….refer to
THIS post!
24. What shirt are you wearing?
A white button down thing that I bought before we went to Arizona. I thought I would wear it with my cute skirt, but then I found another one I liked better.
25. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets?
Never have….but I have issues with sheets right now anyway. Anyone else have them come untucked while trying to sleep/roll around?? So annoying!
26. Can you whistle?
I swear I can’t, but then sometimes, when I’m trying to PROVE that I can’t, I do. So I guess I can, but I can’t control the pitch of it. In fact, if my mouth is just right, I can whistle through a teeny hole in the roof of my mouth!
27. Favorite color?
Green. Deep green is best, but any green is good.
28. Would you be a pirate?
No, too much work!
29. What songs do you sing in the shower?
I sing in the shower, I make up my own random tunes. “La da dee dum….”
30. Favorite girl’s name?
Right now, it’s Kathryn. My mom’s middle name.
31. Favorite boy’s name?
I’ve got so many I can’t just name one. Right now I’m liking Eric or Brent.
32. What’s in your pocket right now?
Nothing. *blush* I just got dressed…and it’s 12:30 pm.…
33. Last thing that made you laugh?
Refer to
THIS post!
34. What vehicle do you drive?
My red Ford Windstar minivan.
35. Worst injury you’ve ever had?
Broken tailbone…..I’ve broken it at least twice, maybe three times. There’s nothing you can do to fix a broken butt! :P
36. Do you love where you live?
Absolutely. We live where there’s very little in the way of greenery, but the mountains aren’t far from here, and I LOVE the fact that *usually* we get all 4 seasons of the year. (This year there was no spring. It jumped from Winter to Summer….UGH!)
37. How many televisions do you have in your house?
Two. Now, ask me how many computer monitors I have….go on, ask me!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

A Young Michael Phelps

Sorry......but it made me literally laugh out loud!

Monday, August 25, 2008


Things are happening in my life, but I just don't feel the inspiration to write them. UGH! It's so bad that I don't know what to write to my little brother in my weekly emails to him.
I guess no inspiration is better than BAD inspiration, right?!
Anyone got something to inspire me? A topic you're curious about, maybe?

Friday, August 22, 2008

Free For All Friday

It's time for Free-for-all-Friday!!
If you want to ask me a question – and anything goes – here’s your chance. You can ask about whatever you wish, no holds barred. I’ll either answer honestly, or I’ll tell you that I won’t answer.

Answering the Deep Questions

Mattsmom said...
Skor or Heath?
Skor! (Just thinking about it has made my mouth water.....thanks!) ;)
Elena said...
Summer, winter, spring, or fall?
Fall is my ABSOLUTE favorite. (I think I may have mentioned it before....) I love fall because I got married in the fall (which made for a BEAUTIFUL backdrop for some of the pictures...), my first baby was born in the fall (4 days before my first anniversary!), and I love the colors, smells and coolness in the air. It's so wonderful, and I can feel a tinge of it in the air now! :D

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Things That Make Me Smile

  • Restored cars from the 30's and 40's driving down the road. I especially love them when they are carrying a little old man, wearing a straw hat, driving down the road (and AT the speed limit) in his convertible roadster. (By the way, he was also hauling his golf clubs--Way to go, little old man!!)
  • A silly song on the radio. I love singing along at the top of my lungs too!! (Some favorites include: "Some Beach," "Girls Lie Too," "Shiftwork," and my current favorite song, "All I Wanna Do-oo-oo-oo-oo....")
  • Cameron playing NICELY with his little brother. Jake loves his big brother and Cam can usually get a cute smile out of the baby.
  • A handwritten letter/card in the mailbox instead of bills. I should try to make other people smile this way too....
  • Back to School posters in the stores. I've decided that the first day of school (which is THIS coming MONDAY!!!!!!) is my new favorite UN-holiday!
  • An athlete standing on the Olympic podium, seeing their country's flag, hearing their national anthem, and tears in their eyes with that smile on their face. I was particularly smiley last night when I saw Shawn Johnson win her gold medal last night! I was cheering for her the entire time and I'm SO glad she finally won GOLD!!
  • My boys sleeping soundly. Is there anything more peaceful OR beautiful than sleeping kids? :)


My little brother is complaining that he's not getting any mail.
SO....I'm soliciting here.
If you want to send a sad little missionary a letter, email me and I'll get you his address.....
I wonder what he'd think if he got random letters from people from all over the country.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Where Did I LOSE Two Months?

Yesterday was Jake's 2 month check-up. Honestly, the time has gone by SO quickly! (In fact, I'm STILL trying to figure out where the whole last year disappeared to!)
Now, I know that my baby is a big boy. He even thinks he's a big boy with trying to sit up and stand on his own. I'll try to tell him that he's just not old enough for those kinds of things yet, but he just laughs at me.
Anyway, my *little* baby is a whole 14 pounds now! He's only 23-23 1/2 inches depending on where you measure him, but he's just a CHUNK!
He took the whole doctor's appointment pretty well, until it was time for the shots.
This time around I was told there is a vaccine that they take by mouth. (Really?) And then he'd have to have several other shots lumped together.
I'm not one of those moms who's against immunizations, but why do there have to be SO many needles?? I mean, if they can combine a few of the vaccines together, why not lump them ALL into one big syringe? Why shoot my baby up three times? (On top of the one that he had to swallow?)
The poor kid screamed for a few minutes (in fact, his whole head turned a pretty shade of red) then he was pretty laid back and just kind of whimpered through the rest of the day. I tried to keep him up on top of his pain killers, but that just made the poor guy punch-drunk.
All in all it was worth it. He slept through most of the day yesterday, not eating much (ouchy for ME), but he only really screamed a few times. This morning he's ALL smiles and ready to play.
But if anyone can find where my last year disappeared to, please let me know!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

My Sad Attempt At a Photo Shoot....

I was hoping to get some cute shots of Jacob laughing, but here's what I got instead:
First impression: "Mom, what IS that thing?"
Second impression: "What are you doing?"
"Okay, I *think* I can cooperate....but only a little...."

"Are we DONE yet?"

"Okay, so YOU'RE not done, but I AM!"

Monday, August 11, 2008

Vacation to Arizona

We're back!! (A full day ahead of schedule because my uncle is REALLY sick.)
It was a full and eventful trip!
Day 1:
We left town early so that we could spend some time with Steve's parents and cousin. It was a fun day, although it did seem to last a lot longer than we had planned.

We got to see Jayden and how big he's gotten. He's 10 months old...isn't he cute?

After leaving Steve's parents, we took a quick side trip to Salt Lake City. Steve hadn't been on the roof of the Conference Center, so we took the tour so we could see the roof. As soon as we pulled into the parking lot, Jacob decided that he was STARVING to death, and so I got to nurse him in the really nice, cool mothers' lounge in the basement of the Conference Center. I was ALL alone with him and it was quite nice.
Then we took an abbreviated tour of Temple Square, seeing the reflection pool and the Christus statue.

That night we thought we were lost trying to find my aunt's house, but we stumbled across it. That's where we slept that night. (That night my parents discovered that the a/c in their motor home was NOT working, and tried to fix it themselves.)
Day 2:
My dad called the Fleetwood manufacturer to see what we could do to fix the motor home's a/c, and the nearest repair shop was in Las Vegas (many, MANY hours away from where we were!) So to get there before they closed we packed up as quickly as possible and left. We drove quickly and while on our way, my dad decided that even if we DID get to Vegas in time, they wouldn't be able to get the part anyway until the next day, so we should continue on with our plan to see Bryce Canyon. My mom called my uncle who lives where the reunion was and he told her that even though we were going to Arizona, the weather was cool and a/c wasn't NECESSARY. Mom and dad decided that they'd buy fans and try to get by. So we went to visit beautiful Bryce Canyon.

To get to Bryce, we drove through Red Canyon (which really lives up to it's name! But you can't see it in this picture!)

That night we camped in Kanab, Utah. And in the middle of the night I rolled on top of my glasses and broke off the ear piece... they're still wearable, but they're totally trashed! :(
Day 3:
The next day we drove and drove and drove to get to Show Low, Arizona. Half-way there, we stopped to gas up and so I could feed Jacob, and he'd blown through his diaper so bad that it was all over the car seat and him. He'd stuck his hand in it and wiped it on his face. YUCK! (This was the second time that he'd blown out while in the car seat!) We ended up moving him up ANOTHER size in diapers. My 2-month old baby now wears size THREE diapers!!! He's also had to move up to 3-6 month size clothes! He's getting SO big!!

hen we were driving down the highway to Show Low the sky was dark and full of lightning. It was so pretty! We had heard people tell us that we were nuts to be going to Arizona in August, but my aunt and uncle told us that it was actually a good time because it was monsoon season. I'd never thought that Arizona could GET monsoons...but now I KNOW they can!

We decided that we'd sleep in the double-wide building that was on the property. It was almost like a giant slumber party! Here's a picture of the beds piled around, but you can't QUITE get the full feel of it. The first night it was bed-to-bed! Then some family members moved out.

Day 4:

We spent the day relaxing. Cam spent time in the pond with cousins. I talked with aunts and cousins. Steve and Cameron went on a hike to see some petroglyphs. It was a day that some funny things happened.

My mom and I also did a TON of laundry. I'd done many errands for her as well. We took my car, and not her motor home (wouldn't that be something to see...) It didn't take us too much time to do the laundry, but we did meet a few interesting ladies! Laundromats are interesting places!
My cousin caught a duck. Yes, a DUCK! (I'm hoping he set it free, but knowing this family, they may have kept it.)

Cameron and another cousin caught some lizards, and when Cam showed me the lizard he was holding it in his open hand and I told him to hold it differently or it would jump out of his hand. Almost as soon as I'd said that, the lizard DID jump and it scared Cam almost to death! For the remainder of the trip, Cam REFUSED to touch any lizards!

Day 5:

The adults, who could, went to the Snowflake temple. The session was lovely, and the temple was gorgeous! We took some pictures, but not with our camera! (We'd left it in the diaper bag with the baby!) So these are from my aunt's camera.

As soon as we were done with the temple, we picked the kids up and took a day trip to the Petrified Forest and Painted Desert.

Now, when I'd heard we were going to the Petrified Forest I thought that it would be a forest of hard trees. (Like a regular forest, but rocks....) I didn't expect what it really was....a bunch of petrified logs lying around. It was interesting, but quite HOT! The petrified wood was really cool, full of all sorts of minerals and colors. The wind was blowing like crazy....and I thought I'd show you all what a bad-hair-day, inspired by the wind, looked like!

That night my uncle Scott put together a slide show of everyone's pictures from the reunion. We stayed up past midnight to watch them. I wish I could show you, but I don't have that kind of computer savvy-ness to do it! :P
Day 6:

We packed up and left the family reunion. It was a sad time, but also a time to get ready to do other things.

We spent the majority of THAT day driving to the Grand Canyon. When we reached Flagstaff we hit a HUGE monsoon. It was kinda freaky driving down the road and NOT seeing the road! This picture doesn't do it justice, but just IMAGINE! It was bad!!

When we finally got TO the Grand Canyon it was raining like crazy! I guess the monsoons followed us. We tried to do a little bit of sight-seeing, but eventually decided to find a campsite and try again the next day.

Day 7:
It wasn't raining!! So we all made our way into the park. We did a lot of walking around to see the canyon and took lots of pictures. But in the end we were overheated and decided to go back to camp. I figured most of the canyon looks the same anyway....

That night we took a quick walk across the street to the IMAX theater and watched their movie. It was amazing. Poor Steve though! My grandpa was there with us, and he had to go to the bathroom half-way through the movie, so Steve took him and missed about 10 minutes of the movie that we paid $15 to see.

That night my poor uncle was throwing up like crazy, but he'd been doing it the whole time...and we decided that it was enough for a vacation and decided to head home the next day.

Day 8:

We drove straight home from the Grand Canyon. We left the park at 9:30 their time (10:30 our time) and got home around 1:30 in the morning. It was SUCH a long day, but well worth the bed at the end!

I'm so glad I went. I hadn't planned on going after I found out that I'd have a 2-month old baby, but I'm glad I changed my mind. It was such a fun time and now I have a TON of wonderful (and not so wonderful) memories!