Merry CHRISTMAS!!!

Afrikaans Gesëende Kersfees
Afrikander Een Plesierige Kerfees
African/ Eritrean/ Tigrinja Rehus-Beal-Ledeats
Albanian Gezur Krislinjden
Arabic: Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah
Argentine: Feliz Navidad
Armenian: Shenoraavor Nor Dari yev Pari Gaghand
Azeri: Tezze Iliniz Yahsi Olsun
Bahasa Malaysia: Selamat Hari Natal
Basque: Zorionak eta Urte Berri On!
Bengali: Shuvo Naba Barsha
Bohemian: Vesele Vanoce
Brazilian: Boas Festas e Feliz Ano Novo
Breton: Nedeleg laouen na bloavezh mat
Bulgarian: Tchestita Koleda; Tchestito Rojdestvo Hristovo
Catalan: Bon Nadal i un Bon Any Nou!
Chile: Feliz Navidad
Chinese: (Cantonese) Gun Tso Sun Tan'Gung Haw Sun
Chinese: (Mandarin) Kung His Hsin Nien bing Chu Shen Tan
Choctaw: Yukpa, Nitak Hollo Chito
Columbia: Feliz Navidad y Próspero Año Nuevo
Cornish: Nadelik looan na looan blethen noweth
Corsian: Pace e salute
Crazanian: Rot Yikji Dol La Roo
Cree: Mitho Makosi Kesikansi
Croatian: Sretan Bozic
Czech: Prejeme Vam Vesele Vanoce a stastny Novy Rok
Danish: Glædelig Jul
Duri: Christmas-e- Shoma Mobarak
Dutch: Vrolijk Kerstfeest en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar! or Zalig Kerstfeast
English: Merry Christmas
Eskimo: (inupik) Jutdlime pivdluarit ukiortame pivdluaritlo!
Esperanto: Gajan Kristnaskon
Estonian: Ruumsaid juulup|hi
Faeroese: Gledhilig jol og eydnurikt nyggjar!
Farsi: Cristmas-e-shoma mobarak bashad
Finnish: Hyvaa joulua
Flemish: Zalig Kerstfeest en Gelukkig nieuw jaar
French: Joyeux Noel
Frisian: Noflike Krystdagen en in protte Lok en Seine yn it Nije Jier!
Galician: Bo Nada
Gaelic: Nollaig chridheil agus Bliadhna mhath ùr!
German: Froehliche Weihnachten
Greek: Kala Christouyenna!
Hausa: Barka da Kirsimatikuma Barka da Sabuwar Shekara!
Hawaiian: Mele Kalikimaka
Hebrew: Mo'adim Lesimkha. Chena tova
Hindi: Shub Naya Baras
Hausa: Barka da Kirsimatikuma Barka da Sabuwar Shekara!
Hawaian: Mele Kalikimaka ame Hauoli Makahiki Hou!
Hungarian: Kellemes Karacsonyi unnepeket
Icelandic: Gledileg Jol
Indonesian: Selamat Hari Natal
Iraqi: Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah
Irish: Nollaig Shona Dhuit or Nodlaig mhaith chugnat
Iroquois: Ojenyunyat Sungwiyadeson honungradon nagwutut. Ojenyunyat osrasay.
Italian: Buone Feste Natalizie
Japanese: Shinnen omedeto. Kurisumasu Omedeto
Jiberish: Mithag Crithagsigathmithags
Korean: Sung Tan Chuk Ha
Latin: Natale hilare et Annum Faustum!
Latvian: Prieci'gus Ziemsve'tkus un Laimi'gu Jauno Gadu!
Lausitzian: Wjesole hody a strowe nowe leto
Lettish: Priecigus Ziemassvetkus
Lithuanian: Linksmu Kaledu
Low Saxon: Heughliche Winachten un 'n moi Nijaar
Macedonian: Sreken Bozhik
Maltese: IL-Milied It-tajjeb
Manx: Nollick ghennal as blein vie noa
Maori: Meri Kirihimete
Marathi: Shub Naya Varsh
Navajo: Merry Keshmish
Norwegian: God Jul or Gledelig Jul
Occitan: Pulit nadal e bona annado
Papiamento: Bon Pasco
Papua New Guinea: Bikpela hamamas blong dispela Krismas na Nupela yia i go long yu
Pennsylvania German: En frehlicher Grischtdaag un en hallich Nei Yaahr!
Peru: Feliz Navidad y un Venturoso Año Nuevo
Philipines: Maligayan Pasko!
Polish: Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia or Boze Narodzenie
Portuguese: Feliz Natal
Pushto: Christmas Aao Ne-way Kaal Mo Mobarak Sha
Rapa-Nui (Easter Island): Mata-Ki-Te-Rangi. Te-Pito-O-Te-Henua
Rhetian: Bellas festas da nadal e bun onn
Romanche (sursilvan dialect): Legreivlas fiastas da Nadal e bien niev onn!
Rumanian: Sarbatori vesele
Russian: Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva is Novim Godom
Sami: Buorrit Juovllat
Samoan: La Maunia Le Kilisimasi Ma Le Tausaga Fou
Sardinian: Bonu nadale e prosperu annu nou
Serbian: Hristos se rodi
Slovakian: Sretan Bozic or Vesele vianoce
Sami: Buorrit Juovllat
Samoan: La Maunia Le Kilisimasi Ma Le Tausaga Fou
Scots Gaelic: Nollaig chridheil huibh
Serb-Croatian: Sretam Bozic. Vesela Nova Godina
Serbian: Hristos se rodi.
Singhalese: Subha nath thalak Vewa. Subha Aluth Awrudhak Vewa
Slovak: Vesele Vianoce. A stastlivy Novy Rok
Slovene: Vesele Bozicne. Screcno Novo Leto
Spanish: Feliz Navidad
Swedish: God Jul and (Och) Ett Gott Nytt År
Tagalog: Maligayamg Pasko. Masaganang Bagong Taon
Tami: Nathar Puthu Varuda Valthukkal
Trukeese: (Micronesian) Neekiriisimas annim oo iyer seefe feyiyeech!
Thai: Sawadee Pee Mai
Turkish: Noeliniz Ve Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun
Ukrainian: Srozhdestvom Kristovym
Urdu: Naya Saal Mubarak Ho
Vietnamese: Chung Mung Giang Sinh
Welsh: Nadolig Llawen
Yugoslavian: Cestitamo Bozic
Yoruba: E ku odun, e ku iye'dun!

24 December 2009

All Riled up and a fine place to rant...


I am on my soap box tonight...so if your not up for it skip this post and read Ka-thunk.

I'm what one could call a BBW. For those who don't speak acronyms that means a Big Beautiful Woman. I have an awesome hubby who tells me every day that I am beautiful. I am very blessed in that manner.

I haven't always been. And thank you Tyra for that reminder. I was watching her show today about a social experiment, she put people together of different body types (which by the way is the last LEGAL form of discrimination, body type.) and looked at how they would react with one another. Guess who was at the bottom of the "food chain" so to speak. That's right. The heavy people. Everybody was picking on them and telling them they need to eat less, that they were lazy, that they were appalling, and a waste of humanity. This is not just this select group of people that feel this way. It's a majority. I know because of personal experiences. Right after I started dating Adam I was in the grocery store buying some food to cook him for dinner. A group of teenagers walked by me and moo'd at me. In high school I would walk down the hall and hear "watch out here comes the whale lady" when I tell people we are having a hard time having a baby their first question is always, have you considered losing weight? Because it's still okay to make someone feel like crap when they are already down.

I need to say, to those people, my weight is none of your business. My eating habits are not there for you to laugh at. There is a reason I am the way I am and you have no idea what that reason is. You haven't taken the time to get to know me or my story. I have a lot to offer this world, and I deserve to be here. I may not be YOUR definition of beauty, but that dosen't mean that I'm not beautiful. Maybe you should take some time to change your perceptions.

To those who love an accept me for who I am. Thank you. I love you. And for those who know my whole story and love me even more, thank you. My you live a blessed and happy life, for that is what Christ does.

I promise not to judge you, if you don't judge me. But if you attack me, or my loved ones I will come at you with the fierceness of a tiger.

*steps off her soap box*

17 November 2009

Kathunk

Okay so Adam and I were sitting here watching Tyra. (I will have a separate post about that in just a second) Just chillin. I felt both of our bodies tense at the same time. In our Garage I hear "ka-thunk"slow, rhythmic, repeating. I look at Adam, and being the brave man he is, went to the back door to protect me,himself and our home. He opened the door and.......there was the Elders Quorum presidency chopping and stacking our wood. Adam has a hard time doing it because of his bad back. No one asked them to do it. They just did it. Didn't tell us they were doing it, they weren't looking for recognition. They just did it.

Thank you to them. They are truly Christlike.

Post it note Tuesday








10 November 2009

Doggie Post





Again with my spazzy dog. It's his first time in the snow (other than going to the bathroom) BTW....he hates bath time.

video

01 November 2009

Halloween Frusterations

I have some feelings I need to express about Halloween and Trick-or-Treating. Let me preface these feelings by stating that I love Halloween. I love to dress up and I love that I can leave the dust on my fans because it's spooky. I love the decorations, and I love how creative people are with their costumes.

I have no issues with trick-or-treating. I myself went trick-or-treating for many years. Here is my issue. Kids have gotten greedy. I even had someone ask if they could just have the rest of the bowl. This was about 8:00. I had another hour of trick-or-treaters! Grrr. My last frustration came at 9:45 PM all the lights in our house were off, indicating that we were out of candy. The TV was on and I was working so I was sitting at my computer. A group of trick-or-treaters came to the door and knocked. I didn't answer the door. So instead of moving on they started banging on the door and screaming "we can see you!!" I was even more determined to not even try to give them candy. So they pounded for a few more seconds and when the jumpd off our porch the shouted "thanks for the candy JERKS!" I don't know what's happened to manners. I tell you what though...if I had kids and they behaved like that the beatings would commence. And if they don't say thank you to every house the go to...well mom will not have to buy her own candy....I'm just sayin is all.

I have an AWESOME hubby

As you can probably tell, I'm going to be bragging on how cool my husband is. if you don't want to hear it, please skip this post.

Last week Adam and I went on a date. We went to IHOP...kind of. I had been looking forward to their pineapple upside down pancakes. Well we pulled up and they were closed. Seriously...IHOP was closed. Who ever heard of an IHOP closing, let alone at 10 PM. I didn't get my pancakes. I was pretty bummed. The only place that was opened was Denny's, and they have fake eggs and dried hash browns. That is to say, it's not my favorite place to eat. So we ate and went home, sorely disappointed. I went to bed soon after. Adam didn't get to bed til much later. When I woke up I found coconut shells on the counter and some strange things in the fridge.

Adam had gone to walmart in the middle of the night, and purchased all the ingredients to make me pineapple upside down pancakes, including home made coconut syrup. Since he couldn't find coconut milk, he ground the fresh coconut and milked it. Yes, I pretty much have the best husband ever.

He's also talented. He took some video of my nephew, Gage, and made his light saber glow, and swish. He is very cool. Wish I had it to post....I will try to get it from him so I can show you all how AMAZING he is.


video


On a side note, there is two inches of snow outside, and my dog's legs are Juuuuust about that long....you can imagine how entertaining it is to take hinm outside....Muah ha ha ha ha ha!

28 October 2009

SPAAAAAAAAAAZ!

Okay so my dog is spaztastic. There are several things that he does that I worry about (after laughing for several minutes.) One of those things is, when he gets wound up, he will run circles around our couch. I'm sorry, did I say run? That doesn't quite describe this action. It sounds like he is ripping the carpet off the floor. During the last bout of this happening he started springing from the love seat to the rocker. The last time he did this he only got one foot over the arm of the chair. guess what that means....face first into the side of the couch. It was classic. My dog is a frickin genius.

Another thing is my dog thinks he is a cat. He will climb up on the back of the couch and curl up to go to sleep. He also balances on the window ledge. I guess this is a good thing because Adam wants a cat. Not only am I prejudice against cats, I'm severely allergic. So I guess this fills both our needs?

He also tries to run on our linoleum. He will bound in place a couple of times before he is finally able to get any traction. All said, he makes us laugh for a long time, and we hope to keep it that way.

20 October 2009

My first blog award

I'd like to say thanks to all my faithful readers....But mostly to Kimi, for giving me my first blog award. :)
The Dragon's Loyalty Award is given to honor your blog readers who stick by you on your funny days and your lame ones too.

Rules for this award!

1) If you have a blog, post it on your blog with a link back to the site who gave it to you;

2) Leave them a comment on their site, email, etc. to let them know;

3) If you don't have a blog but have a website, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter or other type account, post there with a link back;

4) Pass this on to 3-10 loyal fans.

So... I would like to pass this on to..

Kendra at The Kendra and Golden years my sweet sister who I know I could go to for anything

Tiffany at A Tale of Two Z's Who, like myself, is actually fiercely loyal to those she loves.

and Jessica at Stanley Scripts who I'm pretty sure I could call upon to help me move a body.

Love all y'all!

19 October 2009

MLIA

My life is average. I don't live in a big house, I've never done anything extraordinary. I'm not rich. I work 8 hours a day as mid level management. I'm pretty much just your average Jane. I'll never be a senator or a movie star or a rock star. I don't do anything especially exciting. I hope one day I'll be a mom. BUT I have a great husband and live in a town I love with a naughty dog who I wouldn't trade for anything because he loves me. Yup. My live is average....but I wouldn't have it any other way.

18 October 2009

Picture Blog

For those of you who didn't see it, I've started a photo blog. The only words will be the title for each post. Otherwise it will just be pictures. Here is the link http://picturesbypangee.blogspot.com/

05 October 2009

101 Things in 1001 days

So my friend, Kimi, who writes a fabulous blog, and column and while reading I was inspired to follow her example and set 101 goals to be accomplish 101 goals in 1001 days. There are rules, and they are as follows: Tasks must be specific (i.e. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (i.e. represent some amount of effort on your part).

I'm going to start today and (Kimi if you read this thanks for the wonderful idea, and I hope you don't mind if I steal some of your goals :) ) my ending date will be July 2, 2012.

I will provide periodic updates for those who are interested

Complete
Incomplete
In Progress

  1. Learn to play all of the hymns in the hymn book
  2. Pay Tithing on every paycheck 0/72 (if my math is correct)
  3. Finish my novel
  4. Paint my windows for each major holiday (Christmas, New Years, Valentines day, Independence day, St Patrick's day, April Fools Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving) 1/20
  5. Learn to play all the songs in the Children's Hymn book
  6. Attend the temple at least once a month 0/35
  7. Write on my blog once a week 1/143
  8. Exercise three times a week each week.
  9. Keep a journal daily 0/1001
  10. Daily personal scripture study 0/1001
  11. Daily family scripture study 0/1001
  12. Make pillows for my couch
  13. Try a new recipe every week 0/143
  14. Reach my goal weight
  15. Get a family portrait
  16. Get new chairs for the dining room
  17. Get a dresser
  18. House train my puppy
  19. Practice Piano daily 1/1001
  20. Spend at least 20 minutes a day cleaning house (excluding vacations) 0/1001
  21. Read 100 new books 0/100
  22. Read the entire Ensign every month 0/35
  23. Pray each morning 1/1001
  24. Take my nieces and nephews sledding
  25. Quit swearing
  26. Prepare 72 hour kits for each member of the family (0/2)
  27. Fill all the soda pop bottles that I have been saving with water
  28. Put $5 into a jar for me for every task completed (0/101)
  29. Submit a picture I've taken to a magazine for publication
  30. Get eyes checked
  31. Print and frame at least one of my own nature photographs
  32. Piece and tie a quilt
  33. Start a Gratitude Journal
  34. Visit a new state
  35. Wear makeup daily 1/1001
  36. Go camping for a weekend
  37. Do something for a neighbor
  38. Donate to friends of scouting
  39. Plant a garden with different kinds of veggies than I've grown before
  40. Make a list of 100 things I like about myself
  41. Make a list of 100 reasons I love my husband and give it to him
  42. Tell Adam I love him every day 1/1001
  43. Complete a "100 Things that Make me Happy"list.
  44. Write Jeremiah every week for the rest of his mission 0/35
  45. Make 3 new friends
  46. Put away part of each paycheck into my savings account
  47. Get a new car
  48. Do my hair every day 1/1001
  49. Have PERSONAL prayer on a daily basis
  50. Get out of Debt
  51. Learn a new language
  52. Start a business
  53. Create a website for my business
  54. Start a photo blog and post to it daily
  55. Go on a romantic weekend getaway with my husband
  56. Sew something I can wear
  57. Try a new restaurant every month or until we have eaten at all the restaurants in Cedar City(0/35)
  58. Read books by 15 new authors 0/15
  59. Have a fireworks display with my family
  60. Go to a parade with my husband
  61. Go on a hike with my husband
  62. Watch 10 inspirational movies 0/10
  63. Send out Christmas cards
  64. Donate 100 items to DI
  65. Only drink soda once a week
  66. Take a vacation
  67. Complete and frame a cross stitch
  68. Go to a play
  69. Do something I'm scared of
  70. Send a Christmas letter to family and friends
  71. Bake and decorate 12 cakes 0/12
  72. Attend a renaissance festival
  73. Give $5 to charity for each goal I don't complete
  74. Get a hutch and display the wedding stuff we have
  75. Submit a poem for publishing
  76. Have a family home evening lesson twice a month 0/71
  77. Have a picnic at a park
  78. Go to the kings feast at Excalibur in Las Vegas
  79. Comment on 3 blogs a month that I read 0/105
  80. Have 3 Girls Night Outs (0/3)
  81. Learn a new word a day 0/1001
  82. Build a snowman
  83. Have a snowball fight
  84. Take a daily multivitamin 1/1001
  85. Put my blog in a book format
  86. Go snorkeling
  87. Clean bathroom once a week
  88. Get bookshelves and display Our books (this may take mroe than one set of bookshelves)
  89. Call my sisters once a week (0/143)
  90. Write a letter to each of my nieces and nephews letting them know why they are special to me.
  91. refinish my vanity and get it out of my parents house
  92. Go on a bike ride with my husband
  93. Learn how to play chess
  94. Have an outdoor movie night
  95. Bake a pie from scratch
  96. Take a picture for each letter of the alphabet
  97. Learn to say thank you and your welcome in 10 languages
  98. Donate 5 gifts to toys for tots
  99. Have Kendra and Golden and Mom and Dad over for a game night three times 0/3
  100. Learn how to make jam
  101. start the whole mess over again

Darkest Before the Dawn

I'm not that much of a poet, but sometimes I feel the need to express myself through poetry, so people who read my blog will be required to endure.

I Pray for guidance as the world crubmles around me.
The last fading light leaves the sky, as I beg it to set me free.

I grasp at the stars but even they lose their light.
I grasp all around me, flailing, trying to put up a fight.

The I hear a voice in the dark. A whisper so quiet and still,
"Hush now, my child, for I know my will,
Each promise I made, I will fulfill.

Each trial you go though will make you prepared for what is to come,
So when it's all done, you can come home.

When your heart is troubled, and you don't feel you can go on...
Remember these words, 'It's darkest 'fore dawn.'"

11 September 2009

I don't have a witty blog post title.

So I am a slacker. This has been determined in MANY previous posts. But I wanted to hit the highlights of the past....while. The last time I posted I told you about my adventures in Indio, CA. Well we had the chance to head up to see our Gale family and we did a couple of things that are noteworthy. First of all, we added a member of our family.....

His name is Hercules. He's naughty and sweet and loving and such a brat. He chews on my favorite shoes and poops in the house. He eats out of the garbage and hogs the bed. And I absolutely couldn't love him any more. He sits on my feet and follows me around He loves me unconditionally and when I put him in time out, I'm still the first person he runs to when he gets out. We bonded instantly and he's so sweet.

We also took a trip to the cabin where Adam spent every summer until he was probably 16. It was so beautiful, and I was more than a little jealous of the beauty of Mill Hollow, and the unique experience he had. It's one of the places he talks of most fondly. They didn't have TV, or a phone. The only electricity they had was at night for three hours. They would listen to the radio or their mom would read to them, or they would go out and watch the beavers or just look at the stars. I got a glimpse of the beauty of the area and I want to share some of the things I saw with you.....

This was my favorite view of all :)



This was a stream right next to the cabin where he stayed.


This was known as the "old dead tree", although it is not truly dead...it just looks that way. it was on top of a mountain that they hiked to. I, unfortunately didn't Hike it, I just have a good zoom on my camera.



This is Heart lake.



This is my lovely niece Sky. She had a luau at her preschool and this is what she wore! She's such a cutie!

Thanks Mom and Dad Gale for letting us stay with you for an entire week, and letting me work from your home. We love you! Thanks for taking us up to Mill Hollow. It was a great experience.

05 September 2009

Red Hair, Red Skin and Killer Pumpkins

Well it's been almost a month since I've blogged. Sadly, I don't have any pictures from the many many fun things i have managed to squeeze into my life.

I've had two Barbecues. The first one was on June 21st. One was kind of a way to get everyone to my house to see where I live. It was also the first time I ever tried to barbecue using a charcoal grill. It was...interesting. I wasn't sure exactly HOW to use a charcoal grill, and so it took SUPER long to cook everything. It was Okay though because we had a lot of fun. There were races run, cartwheel competitions, push-up competitions and all kinds of physical activity, while we were waiting for our food to cook. (Thanks Dad for your help in finally getting it cooked)

The other was a couple of weeks later for Adams birthday. We found a park that both Adam and I just fell in love with. We set up there and grilled some hamburgers and hot-dogs and then went back to our house and had Ice Cream cake (which we ate for another two weeks).

After that life was quiet for awhile. Until about a week ago. I was starting to feel stressed. Anyone who knows me, knows when I get stressed, my hair bares the brunt. So now instead of black, or even a dark brown or even blonde....I'm a redhead. Think Weasly twins. It was supposed to be auburn, but it's more ginger. It's fun and I actually really like it. I haven't had anyone hesitate to say the like it either. :) So once again, I lucked into it working well for me.

This past week I spent with my family in California. It was a BLAST. While checking in I played tag with Tim, Dewy, Gage and Lacie. It was really fun, but really hot. The whole time it was about 118 with about 20 percent humidity. We were either in the room or in the pool, to try to survive the heat. It was really fun. We played games, and swam, watched movies and ate. The food was fairly healthy (mostly) and all of it was yummy. The only problem was, my sun block was broken. Day one I put on SPF 50 spray suntan lotion, which I used to swear by. By the time I got in, I was in some serious pain, and we are talking about two hours in the sun. The only thing that saved me was my Kukui oil. Day two SPF went down to 30, but I put on rub on sunscreen. So my burn was less sever on day two, but still deepened. On the day we left I don't think that I got anymore burnt, but that's probably because the sun decided to hide behind the few clouds. It was, however, too late. My skin almost matched my hair.

It was a long time without my husband, and I missed him A LOT. When he came to pick me up he had made me some beautiful paper roses. I had so much fun and I REALLY enjoy being with my family, but it was SO good to be back with my sweet husband. When we got back to the house, he took me out back to see my overgrown garden. Even though it was dark. It has become HUGE. My pumpkin plants are taking over the garden. I'm concerned that if their growth doesn't stop soon, they will take over the whole yard. I go to look at my zucchini or summer squash, or even my other pumpkin plants, and they have woven themselves into the plants. They set up anchors and grow spikes. It's almost like something out of a horror movie. Hopefully the pumpkins will be as big as the plants...

24 July 2009

How much is that doggie in the window...

So the other day we had an interesting experience. I was getting ready for the day and I heard a rustling in the other room. Feeling brave, I went to investigate. I knew Adam was upstairs so there were about a hundred thousand thins my mind was thinking it could be. The room was empty so I went to look out the basement window and to my surprise I found this little fellow...


He's a sweet little prarie dog. He was fairly tame but had fallen down the window well and was stuck. So we made a rescue attempt. Well you can imagine he was fairly frightened. So Adam bravely reached down and pulled out the bucket he was in and he took off like a shot. Poor guy was scared to death. Just because I thought he was so quite and sweet here's another picture...


Ever since this incident I've been singing how much is that doggie in the window....poor Adam must be going nuts. Anyway he was really cute and I miss him.

On another note I was really angrey because worked so hard on my garden and it was being eaten alive. I was so frusterated because we couldn't QUITE afford bug killer, so Adam went online and found a way to kill earwigs...in a soup can put about an inch of oil and then add some soy sauce to attract them. Bury the can up to about a quarter inch from the top and put the excess dirt around the edges so they can get it. Well the first night there was about 70 earwigs in the mixtrue. I couldn't believe it. My garden is doing so much better. Thanks Honey for being so wonderful.

27 June 2009

Battle of the Weeds and GNO

So I finally have an area where I can start gardening. I'm really excited about this....and I've already learned a lot. I've learned mostly about weeds, because before you can start planting....you have to get rid of them. I've also learned that the people before us didn't really have much of a garden because some of the weeds I've been battling have roots nearly as thick as two of my fingers that go half way to China! There are some weeds that are like okay, I don't belong here you can take me. These are so easy to pull. Then there are weeds who know they don't belong there but don't want to go. I had to work a little to get them out. Then there are the devils weed. I fought with one for prolly half an hour. I won...mostly. These are the weeds...





As a child we would love these, they have little seeds that look like cheese wheels, so we called them cheesies. We would harvest the "cheese" and eat it. As an adult, I hate them. They hate me. We are not friends, nor will we ever be. I will wage war against these weeds until they have been completely exterminated. At least in my garden. And my lawn. And maybe all of Cedar City.

A brief farewell to our Beta Gus Gus who we will miss. He came with us cross state three times, and I've had him since before we got married. how long are Betas supposed to live? Just looked it up....they should live about 3 years....that's how old he was so I guess that's good.

There is one more thing I would like to post before I go...my mother in law's family has a girls nite once a month it's fun. All the Aunts, Sisters, Cousins, Nieces over the age of 18 get together for dinner. It's a laugh. We have a really good time. I was wondering if anyone down here in Southern Utah would be interested in doing something like that. Leave a comment and let me know and if it's something people are interested in, I will organize it.

09 June 2009

Home at last

Adam think's I've put this off long enough, so I will post about our move....in. It was amazing, dangerous and overwhelming. I'm bruised from head to to (almost literally) but everything is inside and we are in our new place. We couldn't love it anymore. We got here about 11 AM on the 1st of June and got the keys to our new place. The bishop came over and welcomed us to the ward (I've never had that happen before love it here already) and that help would arrive by 5 PM. We started moving some of the lighter boxes inside, and then relaxed for a little while until my parents got here around 3ish. One of the young men came a little after they did and that's when it got busy. I swear to you this boy, Damonie, would have moved the whole truck by himself. But Dad did a good job keeping up with him. A 54 year old Man keeping up with a 12 year old boy who could bench press his mom....pretty impressive. So by the time the EQ and Young Men showed up, all that was left was the couches and the washer and dryer. I did help, I got kicked in the head by a chair, and I don't know what I was carrying when I hit my shin, but I've got a nice bruise there, and the whole heel of my hand has been bruised from setting up the bed....anyway back to the story. A few people showed up around five...and then more people,...and then more people...all in all about 15 people came to help out. I was so greatful I almost cried. They got our couches inside and even set up our washer and dryer. So now we just have piles of boxes everywhere. I will post pictures of our new place when we get it a little more organized, and then I will post what I'm going to do to the place...muah ha ha ha. I have premission for accent walls, and I'm going to make couch covers and pillows for the couches, and I'm getting excited just thinking aobut it. Anyway, it's going to be wonderful, and I finally feel like we have a home...not just a house. I love sitting by the window and looking out and seeing the beautiful mountains, and the sky....We also found out that we are going to be loosing our ward....it's being split up, which makes me sad, even though we haven't been to it yet...we've already been shown so much love. And thank you to all who helped with the move out, and the move in.

04 June 2009

In between

I know you were all dying to know how things went yesterday...So I thought I'd give you a "tweener update" since we are not yet in our new place.

Yesterday was....interesting. We had decided we were going to be 100 % ready to load up by ten regardless so that if we only had help to get everything into the carport we could at least do that. So the night before almost everything was packed, including bedding and I had leaned the beds up against the wall so they would be ready. Where do we sleep you ask? Well because Adam has a bad back he insisted he sleep on the couch, and I would sleep on the floor next to him. He tried to get me to sleep on the couch but I needed him the next day so I insisted he slept on the couch. Well we got to "bed" about two thirty in the morning. I laid there tossing and turning for about an hour before finally settling down. Just as I was about asleep a spider ran across my face. Well that was it. If you know me, you know how I feel about spiders...it's not a positive feeling. I was DONE sleeping on the floor. There was a fold out bed for one person in the oversized chair and I decided that would be where I would rest my head. So round about five thirty or six I finally chilled out enough that I fell asleep. I was really annoyed when the alarm went off at eight for us to get to work cleaning and packing.

We did what we could and rested for a few minutes before the EQP came. We did call him to alert him to the time change, he just came in the morning to make sure that if anyone came they could come back when we had the truck....no one came so it wasn't a big deal. He took some stuff up and put it in the garage and then left so he could come back at two thirty once we had the truck. Right after he left around eleven they called us to go pick up the truck (YAY!!!) That took an hour from us, because the closest one was in Payson...thirty minutes away. When the EQP came back he started hauling some of the heavier stuff up, by himself since no one else came, so I started helping. He thought I was struggling, so I directed. Zach was sick so he wasn't sure he could come, but I begged and pleaeded and offered to buy him dinner and he came and helped. Even though he was feeling like crap. When I got back one other person from the ward had shown up, and Adam's family had been there for a bit and were helping with the cleaning. Even my father in law who probably shouldn't have been lifiting such heavy objects was helping out. I was in the storage shed trying to figure out what should go to the DI and should be loaded moved a box, and found a mouses nest. Mice are another thing I would prefer to steer clear of, and there were three of them staring me down...I won, but only because I started screaming and it startled them into running away. After that I was done with the storage shed, luckily there were only two boxes left in it. So we got loaded (the truck we weren't drinking) and everyone left. Afterward we spent a couple more hours cleaning. The crazy part is we were doing things I dont think had ever been done before (behind the fridge and stove was BLACK...sick) our landlord called and asked us if we were ready, but not before our upstairs neighbor did a preemptive check (she said she'd never seen the apartment so clean thank you very much Adam :)) So I went and filled up the car with gas, and got some snacks and five hour energy shots (with approximately three hours of sleep and a long drive ahead of us you gotta do what ya gotta do.) and drove back to our old place and our landlord was already gone. After cleaning (and I mean ultra cleaning, window tracks and everything) she spent two minutes in the apartment. She checked the stove, the fridge and flicked on a couple of light switches and that was it. I was pretty upset. I mean seriously what was the point?!?! Well she, of course took our keys and we had no where to stay that night so we dedcided to drive down despite the fact that it was 930 at night. It was a long drive, because Adam could only go 60 and we had to stop a bunch of times to stretch and wake ourselves up, and we finally got to my parents house, sore and tired, but safe, around 200 in the morning. I will let you know how the move in went once we get all set up.

31 May 2009

Chaos

Sigh. I'm taking a break from packing to vent. I'm about 80 % ready for this move we had people coming to help us, we were going to be perfectly ready at 10 when everybody got here. Everything in the living room and kitchen so we would only have minor cleaning to do. Well Uhaul called today to confirm our reservation....for 3 PM. fine....except we have to have everything off the floor for the carpet cleaning by....3 PM. If I had a magic wand we wouldn't need the help. Locomotor everything!....well as my magic wand seems to be broken, or nonexistent, take your pick you can see that we are in a little bit of a pickle. Pickles are yummy to eat...not so yummy to be in. So I guess it's time to pray, and hopefully we can get stuff ready to go, and get the big stuff out of here...wish us luck....and keep us in your prayers. When we have internet connection again, I will let all my loyal readers ;) know how it went.

29 May 2009

10 Things I've learned from the past year.

10. I HATE hate hate hate HATE ants. Once they find their way in they never leave....EVER.
9. If there is even a SLIGHT possibility that you need something, don't pack it and put it where you have no idea where it is. Like the ant spray...
8. Make nice with the neighbors, even if they are crazy, and especially if they live right above you.
7. When packing, you will always be short exactly one box.
6. It's better to pack clothes in garbage bags, you can carry more and they are easier to load.
5. The only kind of fish that travels well is betas. Betas NEVER die. unless of course you break their backs (don't ask)
4. Even the worst snow storms end.
3. I miss my husband when I'm not with him. He makes me smile.
2. Even if I go for seven months with out seeing my family, they love me and I love them.
1. I have the best husband in the world. He loves me and cares about me. He makes me laugh and smile. When I'm crying he can always make me see the humor in any situation.

26 May 2009

First Sunburn of the season.

This past Saturday was our big yard sale. You know, the one you have right be fore you move? We got up way earlier than we should have...okay it was only 7 but still...and I hauled four boxes of stuff up our awful stairs and set up. Adam and I sat there for four hours. The first three hours were...lets say an epic failure. Three hours of my time and I got nuthin. Not even a nibble. People would drive past and not even get out and look. Then our neighbors brought out their vacuums. Then people started shopping. At noon we had made $19 bucks...and they made $53. I think it's fair to say, I will not be doing another yard sale.....ever. I really enjoyed my time in the sun, as I always do, and I was so concerned about keeping Adam out of the sun I completely forgot about screening myself. So half my face (I was wearing a hat crooked) a nice v on my neck, and my forearms are crispy fried. I forgot how easy I burn. well I will get over it, and all the extra stuff will end up at the DI, or on craigslist (anyone need a computer moniter? $5 bucks limited time only!) and we will get to our new home....in two weeks....

18 May 2009

Happy....Late...Mothers Day

"Mother is the name of God on the lips and hearts of all children" - The Crow

I have so many mothers in my life that I want to say thank you to.

My Marmie:
Thank you. She is a beautiful woman, inside and out. She is more virtuous and Christlike than anyone I have ever met. She sacrifices so much for anyone in need. She is truly angelic. She is caring and accepting. She has a strong testimony of the gospel and is more loving and caring than anyone I have ever met. She has taught all of her children well. She goes out of her way to make sure we each feel so special. She always came to my performances, and that's saying a lot since I was ALWAYS in something. Whenever I get sick she is right there. Mom is also very humble. I can just see her reading this and feeling a little uncomfortable. Mom don't. you are wonderful and amazing...and I love you.

My mother in law:
Thank you for making me feel so accepted. So many people groan at the thought of spending time with their in laws, I have been so blessed to be a part of the Gale family. I never feel like I have just joined the family. I feel like I have always been a part. I know I am welcome. Again, thank you.

Kendra:
AKA Superwoman. She scrapbooks, she power shops, her house is always spotless and her kids always look great. On top of it all she has time to make jewelry, and has quiet a talent. She is so thoughtful. I don't know how she does it all...I sit back and wonder.

Becky:
Another superwoman. She stands tall when I think I would crumble, and she does it far away from family. She is sweet and thoughtful and great with her kids. She always knows just what to say to me when I'm down. I love you!

Elizabeth:
My dear sister in law, a single mom going through a lot. She always takes time to be with her daughter, and makes sure Sky knows that she is loved, and she will always be supported.

Jill:
She did a lot of work on mom in law's house and she takes care of four kids in a not very big space. I have sooooo much admiration for her.

Jen:
Jen is upbeat and fun. I really enjoy playing games with her because she has that competitive edge. She works with kids all day and comes home to her kid at night. Wow.

Then there are those of us who don't have our own kids yet. Esther and I. We get to play with the kids, sugar them up, wind them up and then send them home. I love all my nieces and nephews and I cant wait to have kids of my own.

There is nothing quite like a mom. I love all the moms in my life! You all rock!

13 May 2009

A blink of an eye

We have officially been married a year. What a year it has been. We went down to visit my family as part of our celebration, and it has been so much fun. we left Saturday morning and stopped on the way down to look at some places to live in Cedar City. I loved one and HATED the other. The one I loved is a two bedroom duplex split level with a fireplace and a big back yard (fenced) 1.5 bathrooms and a big living room. Carpeted, stairs enough storage and covered parking. I walked into the house and there was a good feeling. ANYWAY we finally got to my parents house and we played games with Kendra and Golden's kids. The kids had earned some money so after we played games we went to see Monsters Vs. Aliens. We all really enjoyed it. There was a part where Susan is running away from something and Gage was really concerned for her saftey he shouted out "run big girl run!" We had a good little giggle over that. Another time Susan (who always seems to be in trouble) was taken up to the space ship and Lacie says "oh no, oh no, oh no!" another good chuckle. We had dinner and it was time to settle down a little and get the kids ready for church the next day. Sunday mom had an early meeting so I got to play mom and get the younger kids ready for Church. There were several disasters. Lincolns pants were a little loose, and he forgot a belt. Zach to the rescue! He found a small belt in the botom of his closet. Gager didn't have any church clothes....so he went to church in his jeans and a t-shirt. *gulp* Sorry Kendra. (She always has her kids looking so cute) and Shaunie was upset because she didnt have her CTR ring, or her scriptures. Zach again came to the rescue and found some for her. Lacie....We ran out of pullups. So after sacrament meeting we took her home, because she was soggy enough that she was leaking. *sigh* Kendra nad Golden were on the front page of the paper and Gage got a little nervouse. But when he saw his mom come in all worries were gone, and he was his happy and energetic self again. Mom made a ham, and some AMAZING side dishes and we had a picnic. We took the top layer of our wedding cake, and it was still really yummy! After the picnic we went home and the Johnson kids got to spend some time with thier parents (whom they missed.) Adam, Mom, Dad, Zach and I all played a game which is called "would you rather" and it was quite amusing. Much laughter and hilarity ensued.

Here is where I get to Brag on my brilliant Lincoln and Shaunie. The school recenlty held the imagine compititon and Lincoln and Shaunie did really well. Lincoln got first in piano (he's amazing) First in group Lip Sync and second in litruature. Shaunie got first in group singing, piano and group Lip Sync. Monday was their awards ceremony and the performance catagories got to do their acts. So I went and got to watch my dear niece and nephew perform. They were AEWSOME! That evening we played a little more Would you rather and it was really fun, again. Then, sadly, it was time for us to head back up to the frozen north. well we aren't so frozen right now but you know. On the way home, we got in a little accident. It was dark and we hit the catch bag for a lawn mower. It is the ONE time that we were greatful that a state trooper was following us. We jaked up the car pulled out the bag and got home.

Yesterday I got the Dental work finished (root canal and crown) and we went to Tucanos to do our own private Celbration of the year we have spent together. It was BYU graduation so even though we got there at 11 and they told us it would be 5 minutes it was almost an hour wait....so they gave us one of our meals for free! It was a nice gift for us. So our adventure continues and another year will pass....in the blink of an eye.

25 April 2009

Slacker!!!

Sorry I am such a slacker. I know you've all been wondering what is up in the life of Christy and Adam....well life has been a little loco.

Over the past couple of weeks I have had a root canal, so I've been drugged and kind out of it. Last Friday they finished it and they didn't give me any more pain killers so I was in pain and I had to work. Adam knew I was really struggling when I closed the door so I could focus. So when I came out at the end of my shift I saw this....
Its still hanging on our wall to remind me no matter how crappy I feel, My hubby loves me and that makes thing better.

Now For the FIRST time I couponned for real (I love using that as a verb). This was our haul...
This is :

2 Liptin soup mix
2 Knorr Pasta Side dishes
1 Taco Bell Taco Kit
2 2 liters Diet Pepsi
1 jello no bake cheesecake
4 boxes Betty Crocker potato side dishes
20 Dannon Yogurts
2 cremesicle Ice cream treats
2 Bertolli Frozen meals
1 Rhodes Frozen rolls
1 Country Crock side dish
2 Packages Bacon
subtotal 42.48
tax 1.33
Total 43.81

Total saving 49.12 PLUS we got two coupons for 10 percent off a 50 or more purchase.

so that dosen't suck too bad. Not as good as some of y'all experienced shoppers, but not too bad for a newbie. Anyway....we are looking for a place to live in Cedar City so if you hear of a good deal, let us know!

14 April 2009

The grocery store ate my shopping list!!!

I have detrmined that the universe does not want me to coupon. It's true!! Before you gufaw and snort, hear me out. I threw a lot of my papers in a pile and then when I went to get the coupons, NOT THERE. *sigh* I finally found one coupon, out of two so I Guess 50% isn't bad, and I only found one couponed deal that I was REALLY interested in but oh well.

So I got to the store, and started shopping, I was pretty excited about some of the stuff I was getting, like $4 off on petite serloin stakes (saved $15 right there) and spaghetti O's 2 for a dollar. Then it came to the pork chops. I don't usually buy them so I don't know how good of a deal $1.29 a pound for them is. Anyway I picked them up, tucked my list underneath my arm, bagged the chops and put them in the cart and grabbed shopping list to see what other great deals I had found, and what else we needed that we couldn't get on sale. My hand clasped around empty air. I was so frusterated. We got through shopping, and I spent a total of 83 something. I have no idea how much I saved because Macey's dosen't tell you. So now I feel frusterated, because I spent more than I planned to, and have no clue how to figure out if I saved enough to make it worth it.

So next week...I guess we try again, but if it's like this again, I'm giving up!

21 March 2009

There are thou happy

Okay so I've been having a rough time focusing on the positive recently. When I say a hard time I mean it's been nearly impossible. I've been on a downward spiral, but no more. Starting today I am going to force myself to be happy and look at all the many blessings I have.

There is this scene in Romeo and Juliette where Romeo is in Friar Lawrence "cell" and whining because he's been banished and he's struggling to look at the positive things that are going on in his life. Friar Lawrence pretty much smacks him in the head and gives him about eight reasons that he should take a chill pill, and after each one he tells him there are thou happy so here are my happys....

First, I have the perfect husband for me. He is a worthy priesthood holder. If I am sad he always makes me smile. ALWAYS without fail. I got some ambiguous medical test results and was terrified. He came home with a fuzzy pink bunny and some peeps. He always puts me first, and even when I know he's having a hard time, he thinks of me. He is wonderful and I couldn't ask for a better honey. He tells me I'm beautiful many times a day. What a wonderful man....There are thou happy.

I have a temple marriage, and the gospel in my life. I have a calling that allows me to be around kids while I'm waiting to have my own, and while my family is so far away. There art thou happy.

I have a wonderful and loving family, who supports me and does their best to help me where they can... There art thou happy.

I have a home that allows me to have my own office space, that I can close off when I'm not working. I feel safe in my home and have plenty of food to eat, and clothes to wear. I have a computer and the ability to learn and feel, and make decisions on my own...there art thou happy.

I have a job that I can work from home, and I can continue to work even after I have kids. It also allows me to pay the bills...there art thou happy.

My husband has a good job where he is appreciated, and makes good money....there art thou happy.

I have time to get to know my husband and get to focus on just him and I. We are working to have children and I know the Lord will bless us when the time is right...there art thou happy.

When we were going to go to visit my family we didn't get stranded because our car was breaking down, because we didn't all the way there. I heard a knocking sound as soon as we got on the freeway so we turned around and the car didn't break down, and will last a little longer...there art thou happy.

15 March 2009

Big Love? or Destroying something sacred

Hello,

I checked this out and it is legit. You can view the following article from TV
guide if you want to see for yourself.

(http://www.tvguidemagsales.com/WeeklyIssues/TVG030909.pdf
> page 48 of 68)

As an entertainment professional, if you would like to protest, I recommend
complaining to both HBO and the FCC:

HBO is owned by Time Warner:
Time Warner Inc.
One Time Warner Center
New York, NY10019-8016
212.484.8000

http://www.hbo.com/apps/submitinfo/contactus/submit.do?title=GeneralInformation&questiontype=generalInformation&questiontype=general

Here are two things your want to RESPECTFULLY say in your own words to HBO:

-I believe it is wrong for HBO to publicly air portions of sacred ceremonies of
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints without permission from the
church and based on information given you by someone who has left the church and
may harbor bad feelings toward the church and wish to do it harm.

AND THE BIG ONE THAT WILL ALWAYS GET THEIR ATTENTION:

- If you air such an episode, I will cancel my subscription to all HBO channels
(if you have them), and will not purchase HBO DVDs or any other HBO
entertainment products or packages ever again. Furthermore, I will encourage my
friends and associates to do likewise.


ANOTHER IMPORTANT THING YOU CAN DO:

The FCC is the government agency that regulates all broadcast and cable
television. File a complaint expressing your shock and dismay at HBO treating
the sacred ceremonies of any religion with such mockery and disregard, and that
it is shoddy work hiring excommunicated members/enemies of church and giving
them a public pulpit to hurt the church.

To File a complaint with the FCC go to:

http://esupport.fcc.gov/complaints.htm

-Choose "Broadcast (TV and Radio), Cable, and Satellite Issues" and
then click "NEXT."

-Choose "Broadcast programs showing obscene, profane, and/or indecent
material" then click "NEXT."

- Click on "ONLINE FORM" Fill out the form with your complaint and
submit.


>
>
> Take a look at the attached pdf and consider writing to
> HBO. I just did.
> This is pretty appalling:
>
> On Sunday March 15th, the HBO show Big Love is showing an
> episode containing an excommunication as well as temple
> ceremonies.
> They hired an ex-member to help re-create the ceremony,
> rooms, and
> clothing.
>
> HBO is owned by Time Warner. Send your emails, snail mails,
> phone calls, to both companies to show HBO that we
> won't stand for
> the use of things we consider sacred on their show Big
> Love, which is using
> a
> replica of an endowment room and celestial room to show
> what happens
> in the ceremonies there! Just keep it within Church
> standards please!
>
> HBO is owned by Time Warner:
> Time Warner Inc.
> One Time Warner Center
> New York, NY10019-8016
> 212.484.8000
>
>
http://www.hbo.com/apps/submitinfo/contactus/submit.do?title=GeneralInformation&questiontype=generalInformation&questiontype=general-----
>
>
> I do not usually forward emails, but this is something that
> I feel strongly
> about and so I wrote a letter to HBO. I really do not think
> it is right to
> air our temple clothing or ceremonies on-air to achieve
> ratings.
>
> Love,
> Alysha
>
>
> I think this is my first forwarded mass email, but I
> verified it for my self on
> line
> (http://www.tvguidemagsales.com/WeeklyIssues/TVG030909.pdf
> page 48 of 68)
>
> and I had a visceral reaction to this. It involves
> HBO/Time Warner/Big Love
> airing on 3/15 as part of their show their replication of
> temple clothing and
> inside of the temple. I emailed HBO and will send a letter
> in writing as well
>
> and encourage you to make your voices heard.
>
> Thanks,
> Joseph
>
>
>
> Wendy Crompton
> Religion, Identity, and Global Governance (RIGG)
> University of Southern California
> 310/ 430.3405
>

07 March 2009

So this is love...or....Happy birthday to me...

My dear sweet hubby takes such good care of me. For Valentines day we both had to work, but we had some fun times anyway. We went to Tucanos YUM! They had a valentines day special, and it was fabulous food, beautiful flowers and linens and candles on the table. They also gave us chocolate covered strawberrys and a rose. The only problem was there was a three and a half hour wait. That ended up okay because we went to Boarders and read and look for books. It was the best valentines day I've ever had. You may ask what did my hubby get me for valentines day?? A dryer. I'm super stoked. It get's here on the 25th.

Since my birthday is so close to valumtimes day I thought I would post both at the same time. Today I worked. But my hubby made reservations and we went out to dinner and to see Confessions of a Shopaholic it was really fun. Since my DVD player caught on fire a few days ago, my sweet hubby got me a Blue Ray DVD player! WOO HOO! But he also got me a curling iron! I can do my hair yay! I just want to tell Adam, since he will read this, how much I love and appreciate how hard he works to make me feel so special. He is my knight in shining armor, and I love that he calls me his angel. Thank you Adam!!!

21 February 2009

RIght back where I started from...

So the previous post was my recent trip to California to see Becky and Hyrum's new baby blessed. It was an adventure filled with laughs and tears. The best way to recant this wild and crazy tale is a day by day recap. Lets start at the very beginning....
Thursday morning I got up bright and early, actually it was dark and early. I had to be at the airport by six thirty, which means a four thirty wake up call for Christy YAY! Smooth sailing until I got on the plane...then the ride got a little bumpy. There was a lot of turbulence, and if hadn't been so frightened myself I would have felt sorry for the young family flying with a baby, that cried the whole way. I left a freezing place and landed in paradise. It was a beautifully nice and war day...I couldn't have asked for anything more. I gathered my luggage and waited at the curb. With my flight being early and Becky running a little behind I was at the airport for...lets just say awhile. I had forgotten to send my flight plans ahead, and was starting to wonder if I had told her I would get there at 9 PM instead of 9 AM. This resulted in four collect calls to my dear sweet hubby, and 80 dollars in charges. YIPES! Won't do that again. Luckily Adam is good at correcting my mistakes, and we will only be paying 30 dollars of that. ANYWAY Becky drove around the loop three or four times, and each time she looped, I went inside to make a call. Finally she got out of the car and walked around...this wasn't good planning on my part, but it resulted in me getting a new cell phone he he he. So we stopped at a park and played around before headding out to Disneyland. By the time we got there we were all hungery and so we sat down to eat lunch. The kids were a little dissappointed and just wanted to go ride on the rides, especially Gager. He wanted none of it, in fact he said "You guys said we were going to Disneyland, but we are just eating!!" We had a good chuckle and then finsihed eating and ran far and long to play and stare at the wonder that is Disneyland. Lincoln and Shaunie are both big enough to ride on the grownup rides and so Golden and I took them on spacemountian and Indiana Jones. On space mountian I was afraid Shaunie grabbed onto my arm and held it tight the whole time, which I was totally okay with because she's so tiny I was afraid she was gonna fly out...worry wart Aunt Christy. This day actually made me realize how brave Lincoln is. He looks things he's afraid of in the eye and tackels them. He's a worrier like me, and he told me he needed to go on more scary rides so he wouldn't be so scared of them. On Indiana Jones both Lincoln and Shaunie kept their heads down...it's a pretty intense ride. We were all pretty tired so we only rode one or two more rides and then we packed it in and went home to watch amovie and eat dinner.

Friday morning I started hearing the kids bright and early, and when I pulled the blanket from off my face, there were two little eyes peeking over the edge of the couch. Timmy thought I had enough of sleeping, how sweet of him! We decided to forgo Disneyland until Saturday when Mom and Dad could go with us and head to the Zoo. On the way we decided to get subway sandwiches. I got a Turkey with EVERYTHING but jalapanios (this is important because of what follows) it even had avacados. It was SOOOOOO good. The kids were hungery and so we sat down to eat as soon as we got there. The kids had a plain ham and cheese sandwich. Well Little Miss Lacie took one bite and decided mine looked WAY better. She put her's down and looked at me expectantly and said "bite". So, silly me, I thought, one bite and she will not like it with onions and everything. The little monkey ate four inches of my footlong! She even picked out an onion and ate it! She loved it! The girl has good taste...what can I say. :) We had a lot of fun while at the zoo. :) At one point Becky went to go feed Ellie and left me with Dewy and Timmy, who by the way when going up and down hills throw their hands up in the air and scream, pretneding they are going on a roller coaster, it's really cute. ANYWAY we decided to chill with the giraffes, because they were chillin right by the fences. Well Timmy saw one eating and thought he should feed it....his brand new shoes. Luckily he is not that tough, being only two. We all had a good laugh and Golden had the good senses to use one of the strollers to fish it out. After Becky rejoined us we went to watch the chimps yell at each other (the monkeys not the kids) and eat snacks. We then played on the playground for a few minutes and then it was one more stop and then we were outta there. Lincoln wanted to see the parrot and so we stopped at a little bird enclave. On the way out Gage decided it was his turn to push Lacie, and someone had gotten sick and he stepped right over it despite multiple warnings. About 20 seconds later he stops dead in his tracks, his eyes pops wide open and says "Wait a minute, did I just step in throw up??" After assuring him he didn't, I tossed him up on my shoulders (Timmy was back in the stroller) and Kendra took over pushing Lacie. On the way out I asked Gage if he wanted to stay with the monkeys. He said no and I asked him why not he said "people would say, 'why is there a little boy in there with the monkeys?' I laughed for like five minutes. When we got home, the adults, minus me, went grocery shopping while I played with the kids on a slip n slide (yes in January. A side note about that, Becky gave me the cutest swimsuit for my birthday! Yay! The kids stayed in the water until their lips were blue and the sun went down. There was much wrapping in blankets, and warm jammies after that. They had so much fun. The older two, Lincoln and Shaunie and I stayed up later to watch a movie while the couples went out to dinner (a date AND a babysitter???) FYI if you haven't figured out by this point, I was flying solo. Adam had to work. Lacie woke up, and decided she deffinately did not need to go to bed. She watched the movie a little bit, and then I pulled her into my lap, and asked her if she wanted to go to Disneyland the next morning. Of couse she said yes, and so I reminded her that she needed to go to sleep first. I have never seen a kiddo so eager to go to sleep. Mom and Dad got there and shared their room with me, so I could get some sleep. Mom and Dad had requested a rollaway and the left A sheet. One sheet. Mom and I went to the office to obtain a second sheet and the lady there looked at me like I was crazy. "You need more than one?" oy...My reply was to giggle and say "usually." Mom had a little better tact and said "one for the top and one for the bottom." Yeah....Friday was a fun day :).

Saturday We got an early start so that we could play the WHOLE day at Disneland. Dad, Mom and I went over to becky's place to see if we could all fin into two cars, but there are just too many of us now. We got separated driving, and it took us a while to get regathred. Once we did though, the first thing we did was SPLASH MOUNTAIN!!! Even Gager was tall enough to ride! It was so fun. Gage said it was "super awesome" and subsequently tried, unsucessfully to convince Dewy that it's not scary, it's really fun. We rode pirates of the carribean a couple of times, and space mountian again. We also went on Start Tours. By the end of the day we were all pretty tired by then so we headed home. We helped Becky a little then went back to the Hotel so we could get some sleep for the blessing on Sunday.

Sundy: The day was engulfed with the Blessing and visiting. It was a beautifull blessing and there was really good food and four dozen Krispy Kreme involved. After the Johnsons left, Dewy and Timmy were excited that attention was all theirs. I took some video of Dewing doing somer salts and Dewy and Timmy singing. It was hilarious. That evening we got to hear Sister Julie B Beck speak, and it was beautiful and inspiring. The best part of that was when she shook Mom's hand and Mom about cried. She also commented on Ellie and how beautiful she is. Mom, Dad and I stayed at Becky's house again, and I slept on thier floofy couch.

Monday morning I again woke to two little eyes peering over the side of the couch. I Growled at Timmy and he giggled and ran away. Mom Becky and I took the kiddos and went shopping to get out of Dad's hair while he studied. Shortly after that it was time for me to fly home to my honey!!! It was a happy reunion.

17 February 2009

California here I come...