Friday, December 21, 2007

total meltdown...

My mom kept Annie for a sleepover last night - something she does about once a week. It's great becaues Annie loves to stay at her grandma's and get spoiled and soaked in attention and I like the chance to sleep past 6:30 am.

Well, this morning, even with no Annie in the house I woke up around 6:00 and immediately started bawling (chalk that one up to pregnancy). I'm already freaked about not loving the second one as much as I love Annie but on top of that, I woke up SO SAD that my little Annie is no longer that little. I mean, I could totally skip the first year but everything after that, I want to do again. I keep thinking of all the things I could have done better or differently and how I won't get that chance. I called my husband and his reply was "well, you get to do it again and you get another chance". I guess that's true but it's still not Annie. I suppose I'm just sad that my baby is getting bigger!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

we're having a...

GIRL! We are so exicted for another one. I think Preston was a little bit disappointed at first but I'm sure he's over it by now and nothing but excited! I told Preston to think how much cheaper it would be since we already have all the girl "stuff". He said "yeah, maybe now but what about when they get married"? True! We're just looking forward to another little one on the way...now for name suggestions???

This is a profile shot. Look at her big, huge, cute nose...

This is one looking straight down at the front of the baby's face...
No wonder I can feel the kicking 24/7! Here is her foot...
The "girl shots" were really unclear, they look like fog on a screen so there was no sense in posting those I guess.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Breakfast with Santa...

Every year from about the time I was 3 until I was around 12, my family went to Breakfast with Santa at the ZCMI Center Tiffin Room. It was one of the highlights of my Christmas season and I looked forward to it every year. Eventually they stopped doing it which was just as well because I was older and among those who stopped believing in Santa. This year my mom heard that Thanksgiving Point was doing a Breakfast with Santa production. She got all of us tickets - 4 adults and 1 child, can you say spoiled child?!?

It was really cute and Annie had a lot of fun. It wasn't what I remember the ZCMI experience being, maybe it was nostalgia or maybe the ZCMI one really was better - all the same, we had a great time!

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

finished fireplace...

I just have to take a second to brag about my husband. He has done so much custom work on our house and has done a WONDERFUL job! When we moved in I told him there was no rush but asked if he could have the fireplace mantle done by Christmas. He said he could. And, always true to his word, he did! It looks great and I just had to post a couple pictures of his fantastic work!

Monday, November 26, 2007

big mouth, bigger foot...

“It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.” ~Mark Twain

Truer words have never been spoken. Did Mark Twain have me in mind when he wrote this...sometimes I think so! I tell everyone that I have a big mouth and an even bigger foot. If it is dumb and can be said, I will in fact, say it. I was just having this conversation with a group of girls and we were talking about the times we had to insert the proverbial foot into the mouth. I let them tell their stories and yes, they were all pretty embarassing and really funny. Then, it was my turn. I went through my list and without a doubt, unfortunately for me, I came off with the BIGGEST MOUTH award. For enjoyment at my expense, here are just a FEW examples:

-I worked with a guy whose wife was pregnant while I worked there. She was a petite person before but with pregnancy gained a TON of weight. She had the baby and a few months later I quit. I didn't see her for about a year and a half but I ran into her at Swiss Days. When I saw her she looked like she could EASILY be 7 or more months pregnant. So, having never made this fatal error before, the first thing I said to her when I saw her was "oh my goodness, you're pregnant"! As if that weren't bad enough - I RUBBED HER STOMACH! She looked at me and told me she wasn't pregnant. How do you recover from that?? I said a few things and left as quickly as I could.

-I went to school for Interior Design. On occasion, people who know this will call me and have me come over to look at a room and offer my advice. There is a really uptight couple (for lack of a better word) that sings with my dad in the Tabernacle Choir. They invited my family over for dinner one night and while I was there asked if I would give them some advice on a couple of their rooms. They had recently moved in and done some remodeling projects. They took me downstairs and were showing me around. I was under the impression that NO remodeling had been done in the basement. They took me into one room that was painted BRIGHT Pepto-Bismol pink. And not just one shade but TWO - we're talking every single wall and available space in the room was covered in pink! They open the door and the very first words out of my mouth were "THAT'S NOT EVEN A GOOD PINK" to which the man said "we just painted this room last week, it's her favorite color". Again, how do you recover from that???

-In High School I had a good friend whose brother and new wife were hit head on by a semi-truck and killed on the way back from their honeymoon. I knew this and sent a card. I hadn't seen my friend at school in a while and wanted to call and tell him I was thinking of him. So one day after school I called his house. Nobody answered the phone and the answering machine came on - not the digital kind but the old kind that records the message onto a tape and everyone within a mile can hear the message when you play it back. So the machine beeps and without really thinking about what I am saying, I leave my message: "Hey so and so, what's up - ARE YOU DEAD??? I was just calling to see if things were ok, call me when you have a chance." My friend never said anything about my message - thank heavens!

must see movies...

A few weeks ago Preston and I wrote a list of must see Christmas movies. Okay, maybe some of them aren't "must see" but they are decent Christmas movies none the less. Here is the list we came up with...did we miss any???

-The Santa Clause I
-The Santa Clause II
-Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
-National Lampoons Christmas Vacation
-Frosty the Snowman
-Mr. Kruegers Christmas
-It's a Wonderful Life
-Mickey's Christmas Carol
-Polar Express
-White Christmas
-Miracle on 34th Street
-Christmas Story
-How the Grinch Stole Christmas (old one)
-Skipping Christmas
-The Night They Saved Christmas
-Night Before Christmas
-Bishop's Wife
-Holiday Inn
-Merry Christmas Charlie Brown
-The Snowman
-Elf

Sunday, November 18, 2007

blog hopping...

Would you believe that I have never been "blog hopping" before tonight. I suppose it could be that Preston refused to play one more game of Monopoly with me or that I was bored and didn't want to go to bed at 7:30 - but whatever the reason, I successfully wasted 2 hours of my life. Not all was lost however, I came away from my blog hopping experience knowing 3 things to be true:

FACT #1: You can find a lot of people you knew in High School by going from one blog to another. It is also nice to see that so many people have gone along and done about the same things that you have. It's fun to see what everyone has chosen to do since High School.

FACT #2: I have no friends. I visit other people's blogs and see a list of 50 friends and family links. I seriously doubt I could even make up that many. It also made me realize there are a LOT of people I haven't kept in touch with!

FACT #3: There are a lot of cute people out there and I'm not one of them! Meaning, while I was blog hopping I was reading about birthday parties, halloween parties and get togethers that these people have thrown and MAN ALIVE they went all out. Not only that, their houses were cute, their kids were cute and somehow, they have managed NOT to gain 40 pounds since High School.

Wow, this sounds like a pity post...don't feel sorry for me, I don't! While other people are cute and skinny and successful, I realized there is a lot I just don't care about anymore. I'm so happy with where I'm at (afterall, I've gotten to eat a LOT of good food for one thing). I'm thrilled with who I chose to marry, I couldn't have a better daughter and I couldn't have a better life if I tried!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

donny osmond...

I stole this from a friend because I thought it was SO HILARIOUS! If you didn't like Donny before, this will certainly help!


Friday, November 9, 2007

venting green frusterations...

I'm so sick of hearing about global climate change, global warming, fossil fuel emissions and carbon footprints that I could scream. What makes it worse is the large companies that actually pretend to care about all of this crap! So to voice my frusterations I sent an editorial comment to the Deseret News. I highly doubt it will be published, so I've posted it here for your reading enjoyment :)

This week NBC has gone “green” to highlight the global climate change concerns – which are a total farce as far as I’m concerned. They sent their anchors around the world to broadcast from the North Pole, Antarctica and Ecuador. How many carbon fuel emissions must that have produced? At least they can afford to buy carbon offsets. But what struck me as the most ironic part of the weeks worth of “green broadcasting” was today when the Today Show showed a live shot of the 85 foot Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, freshly cut from Connecticut, being wheeled down the street by an 18 wheeler and into the plaza. At least they hand cut the tree this year!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

finally halloween pictures...

These took me forever to post but I'm finally getting them up. We did several things on or around Halloween so these are just a mix of everything we did to celebrate the event!

Annie's pre-school class went on a field trip to Hee Haw farms. I felt bad becuase it was the first really COLD morning that we had. It's a good thing kids are immune to temperature because she still had fun.

Usually we carve our pumpkins just a little bit too early so by Halloween they are looking a little droopy. We were so busy we didn't get around to carving our pumpkins until the day before Halloween...here is how they turned out. Annies is the littlest one, then mine, then Preston's.


I have always wanted to go to an adult Halloween party. I like dressing up and I like the holiday but it seems like it is always just for kids. Luckily, we got invited to an adults only Halloween party at my cousins house and it was a blast. Hopefully this becomes a yearly tradition.

Preston and I went as a 70's couple. It was the only thing I could find that would fit me...

Part of the group that was there. There were some pretty funny costumes...We played this game where you chose someone in your group and wrapped them up like a mummy and then made up a mummy rap (sounds lame right). It was so hilarious. By the way, Preston is the mummy...


We played another game where each team got several costume accessories and you had to dress a member up and the other team had to try to guess who it was in the costume. Sounds ok - but it was so fun we played 3 or 4 times...


Annie has completely forgotten how to smile for the camera (I should put one of the other 20 pictures I had to take to get a decent one). But she made a wonderful Cinderella and looked forward to wearing her dress for MONTHS before Halloween. She said "mom, do you think everyone is going to be so happy about my dress"?

Our ward had a trunk-or-treating - which I've never done before and Annie loved it! She also LOVED having her Grandma Lisa there to go with her...Preston enjoyed every second of trunk-or-treating too. I think his exact words were "this is lame, when can we leave..."

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

oh what fun...

That's right, I'm pregnant! After almost 2 years of trying and a couple of miscarriages, we finally have another baby Stinger on the way! We're totally excited and a little nervous. I tried to get Preston pregnant this time but it just didn't work, so I get all the fun again :)

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

dan in real life...

*UPDATE*
I finally saw the movie Friday night and I loved it! It certainly isn't a fast paced movie but it is so well done and so funny. If you like Steve Carell even a little, you'll love it, though his comedy isn't like it is in The Office. Actually, they show most of the funny parts in the previews but that doesn't ruin any of the movie. This is definitely a movie to add to my DVD library! HURRY and go see it.


I haven't anticipated a movie this much since Lord of the Rings. I have no idea why but as soon as I saw the trailer in the theaters I have been so excited for the movie to come out. I'm considering camping out on Thursday night so I can be the first one to see it on Friday (just kidding). I'll write a full review after I finally get to see it!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

scarecrow festival...

Yesterday I took Annie to the Scarecrow Festival at Thanksgiving Point. They had a lot of fun things for little kids to do and Annie had a great time - once I forced her into actually participating. I literally had to force her to go down the big blow up slide and push her down. She cried the entire way up the stairs and threw a fit when I pushed her down...but after that I couldn't get her off the darn thing!


Same goes for the bouncy house. I had to shove her through the door and tell her to start jumping or we were going to go home. She finally got in and again, once she got started I couldn't get her out.

She didn't have a hard time enjoying the games and the surroundings...but she is a bit of a chicken otherwise!

Monday, October 15, 2007

wax lips...

Grandma Lori bought Annie some wax lips when she was at the store. She didn't know what to think about them at first but after trying them on a few times and running to look at herself in the mirror, she decided she was hilarious! I used to love wax lips when I was little too - it just wouldn't be Halloween without them!

Sunday, October 14, 2007

maybe I'm the only one...

that didn't know about this neat little "feature" until just a few weeks ago. But did you know you can invite people to write on your blog???

For example, I invited Preston as an author of our blog (nice of me I know). So now any time he writes something or comments (both of which he has yet to do), it will show up as 'Preston'.

I just thought ya'll might want to know so that you don't always have to wonder who wrote something or commented.

How do you do this nifty little trick???

Go to SETTINGS and then to PERMISSIONS then to BLOG AUTHORS and then click the button that says ADD AUTHOR and viola!

Saturday, October 13, 2007

states and countries visited...

I stole this idea from Melissa's blog and thought it was fun. It's SAD how many places I haven't been though. I guess as soon as Preston becomes independently wealthy, we'll travel more!



create your own visited states map




create your own visited countries map

McDonalds monopoly...

Is anyone else into this or is it just me??? I swear, I would eat there every day until the contest is over but I'm afraid I'd gain 20 pounds in a month! I've tried recruiting my friends and family to eat there and then give me their game pieces but as soon as I tell them it's monopoly time, they want to keep their own. Any takers on eating there every day, gaining 20 pounds and then giving me your pieces???

Friday, October 12, 2007

I've lost all respect...

for the Nobel Prize! I would be SERIOUSLY embarassed if I were a prior Nobel Prize winner and was now with the likes of AL GORE...are you kidding me??? He brought attention to what...something that isn't even real and he wins the Nobel Prize. Just goes to show you who is running that organization.

I think I'm going to make a crappy movie about the Loch Ness Monster and cross my fingers that they choose me next time!

celebrity morph...

This was really fun to try...


I picked the FUNNIEST one I could find for poor old Preston...


at least now we all know what Preston will look like in 30 years if he grows his hair out and gets strung out on drugs!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Some random facts...

...that you may not know about me (inspired by my friend Ashby)!


I wish more than anything that I could play the guitar.

I am a closet Disney fanatic. Actually, maybe I am one of those people who only thinks they are in the closet but everyone else is like "oh puh-lease, just come out already".

I am dyslexic with numbers and therefore TERRIBLE at math.

I have always wanted to author a book. I have actually started a couple but never got very far with those.

My favorite candy is Milk Duds.

With the exception of one person, every guy I ever dated more than once was short.

I have traveled to nearly every country in Europe.

I played basketball and softball for my High School. But my secret desire was to play on the football team.

When I'm bored, I pull off the split ends of my hair.

I love to bake - especially desserts.

I am a perfectionist about some things like my handwriting and the way things are organized on my computer.

I have always wanted to be a stage actress.

A church calling I would like to have is gospel doctrine teacher. A church calling I would NOT like to have is nursery worker.

When I was little I told my mom that I wanted to change my name to Cindy.

In High School I won the "best legs" contest - GONE are those days!

My two favorite things to buy are scrapbooking supplies and DVD's.

I never want to move outside of Utah.

And finally, I know every President of the United States in order.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

politically correct...

I don't spend my time trying to offend people, nor do I spend my time taking offense to what people say. I have, however, reached my boiling point with being politically correct and the fact that being politically correct seems to be so one sided.

I like politics. I follow it pretty regularly and therefore, I see coverage on all the candidates. If people said the same things about Obama that are being said about Romney - in the same tone and with so much angst, people would be losing their jobs left and right. Why isn't there an outcry for political correctness as it concerns Mormons?

So why is it that a man like Don Imas (whom I have absolutely NO love for, nor do I think he should have lost his job) loses his job because he called some black girls "nappy" but someone of the black commentators still have jobs who refer to a bunch of white guys as "crackers"?

Why is it that rappers can rap all day long about killing their girlfriends and knocking-up hoes, yet I am called judgemental and closed minded if I say that women ought to stay home with their children instead of work?

Christmas is coming. I love Christmas. I am not prepared for another season of political correctness and commercialism. I will say Merry Christmas, I will not say Happy Holidays. Why when the majority of the population in America celebrates Christmas can we not use the word? Are we really afraid of potentially offending the 6% of the population that MIGHT care about hearing the word Christmas? Do Jewish people and Atheists REALLY care? I'm not offended when I hear Happy Hanakauh - shouldn't we be just a little less sensitive?

Another thing I love...America. I can't stand what is being done to America by illegal aliens. Why are they getting drivers licences, social security, welfare and American's jobs when they are CRIMINALS? I can't stand the tolerance and acceptance that so many people have of just watching people file over the border and not thinking that it is affecting our county. Call a spade a spade...an illegal immigrant is a criminal! My solution...stand on the border and shoot!

here you go Dust...

sorry Matty...

oh and just because there are bound to be some unsuspecting blog hoppers happen across what seems to be a semi-pornographic picture...Matt is trying to get rocks out of his panties. What I want to know is how they got in there in the first place???

I just had to take the picture down...I like Matt way too much to keep that picture up!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Disney again...World this time

For those of you who think we go to Disney every few months, you're right! It used to be that my dad worked in Southern California about 2 weekends out of the month. So, since Annie was free, the hotel was paid for by my dad's company and my mom and I had season passes, we ended up going a lot. Well, my dad now works in Minneapolis when he travels (barf, what's there in Minneapolis besides cold weather and the Mall of America) so we don't go to Disney bi-monthly anymore.

We did however, just get back from Disneyworld. My parents had been planning the trip for almost a year and it was a lot of fun. I had only been to Disneyworld one other time and I was 7 - needless to say I don't remember a whole lot. Preston had never been so we were both excited to go. It was a great trip but *hold your breath* I think I am a little Disney'd out.



I'd like to photoshop some make-up on and about 20 pounds off...but other than that, aren't we just the cutest...lol!
You'd never guess Annie was actually excited to see the princesses...

Annie and her dad going down the dino land slide in Wild Animal Kingdom...Some giraffes at the wild animal park...

Here we are with Nemo and Friends. This was about the only time we got rained on...aren't ponchos flattering...

ohhh...cute....Annie was HORRIFIED to be inside the shark...

Me and Annie in front of the plaza fountain in "France" at Epcot...

I just thought this picture was so cute...she looks like Gene Kelly in Singin' in the Rain...

The only kind of Senor I like...mucho caliente...

Annie won the picture of the day contest and got to sit in the middle of all the stuffed animals...

My little princess...

Rides sure are interesting...

The Orlando Temple. Preston said this picture looks like a postcard, he was VERY proud of himself...