Wednesday, November 26, 2008

What have YOU done?

I saw this on my friend's blog and thought... we need to do this!
I tag you if you are reading this!
To participate, just copy and paste in your own blog, and bold all of the things you have done.
1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House= I stood outside it, so I'm counting that.
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life - I save our lives everytime I scream while Matt's driving.
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake- Have I mom?
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Seen Mount Rushmore in person
101. Learned to play an instrument

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

It's so hard to say "Goodbye"... And more.

While pregnant with Sam, I was hospitalized due to my dehydration/starvation. My sweet mother-in-law brought me a beautiful plant. This summer I re potted it which I have done to it every couple of years. This year it hasn't recovered. I've been watering it since June and so far it has stayed green but droopy. Now it's leaves are turning yellow and getting crispy. Is it time to say goodbye? Does anyone have any suggestions? We've had 8 glorious years together. I've had this little plant friend longer than I've had Sam!

Speaking of Sam - He took a freaky long bath the other night and I have never seen such prunies (as we like to call them).

While writing this blog, I looked over and found Matt watching TV like this:

Do you think we should turn up the heater?

What a handsome husby I have!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Our Trip to Beijing

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Did I really just hear that?

I went to the movies with my mom last Thursday. After the lights had dimmed and a hush fell over the theater we all watched a commercial about the new blue ray technology. The commercial was showing a clip with no speaking from the new James Bond movie. All of a sudden my mom says - out loud, "James, what is happening to you?" I sat there stunned for a moment, then I turned to her and confirmed that she was indeed talking to the movie screen from the back row of a crowded theater.

We live in a ward with a lot of town homes, condos, twin homes, and apartments. There is a lot of turnover. On Sunday, the third speaker in Sacrament Meeting started out her talk by stating that she grew up in the ward, but doesn't know many people because, "This ward changes quicker than a dirty diaper." What? Is she saying our ward is crappy?

Yesterday, Sam was telling me about his P.E. class that day. They played a version of dodge ball where there is a group of people in the middle and then two groups on either side. The people on the sides throw the balls and the people in the middle dodge them. If someone in the middle gets hit by a ball then they trade places with the person who threw the ball that hit them. He said he was in the middle and was just walking back and forth not getting hit saying, "Peace y'all!" Then he demonstrated some "groovy moves" (his words) he did while dodging the ball.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

And what a relief. I'm so glad to finally have it done with. I'm truly grateful for the privilege, but honestly it's all been so exhausting.

We are so lucky to live in a country where we not only get to take part in the choosing of our leaders, but we are blessed to be able to expect a peaceful transition regardless of the outcome. So many nations can't. So be sure to get out there and vote.

When I picked Sam up from school today he asked me who I chose. I wasn't sure what he meant for a sec and then he told me that he got to vote in his class room. I asked him who he voted for and he said he voted for Oakabama. Hehe. I asked him why and how he chose who he wanted and he said, "No good reason. But I was talking to a girl at recess and she said Oakabama will raise the taxes. Is that good or bad?" I told him it all depends on what he wants to use the money for.

I try to be a bipartisan mother. I don't want to brain wash him or anyone else with my opinions. (At least not the political ones, I have an opinion about everything!) There are things I feel strongly about, (pro-life, Yes on 8) but I don't feel like I fall into any of the categories. I do lean toward the conservative side. But I wouldn't call myself a Democrat or a Republican. So when discussing election issues with my boy I have tried to stay neutral and only discuss fact. He's too young to understand the issues anyway. However, I am glad he knows it's happening and that he understands that the change will come because the people in his country got to choose. I was glad to take him with us to the polling place and he was able to wear a sticker today because of it. I pray he earns those stickers and wears them proudly as an adult.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

More of our Halloween

First of all a big Thank You to Emily who helped me understand what was going wrong with my posting with pictures. I never would have figured it out.

I'm not sure how this picture got taken, but now you know that I am unable to match my shoes to my pants. Actually I'm pretty sure that the shirt didn't match either. I am fashion inept.

This family was at the party we went to. They made my night! You all know I am a huge (literally and figuratively) fan of Harry Potter. I really wanted a picture of them but was feeling too shy to ask because I do not know them at all. So my friend Kim helped me ask for a picture. I did warn them that it would end up on my blog. They consented.

Our Pumpkins got lit up. They looked great.

One of our favorite people came to trick or treat around the neighborhood after the party. We think her brother is becoming one of our favorite people too.

Last of all, here are few shots of two very happy boys. Sam and Pete. I'm not sure why they are posed like Power Rangers.