Thursday, January 31, 2008

I've Been Tagged!

A. The rules of this game are posted at the beginning.
B. Each player answers the question about themselves.
C. At the end of the post, the player then tags 5 people and posts their names, and then leaves a comment on their blog letting them know they have been tagged and asking them to read your blog to get the directions.

Picture of me ten years ago

What was I doing 10 years ago?

I had just moved to Washington State with my parents and it was the middle of my sophomore year in HS. I got involved with the tennis and golf team in early spring and thought I was the cat's pajamas! I had my first date January 24th (which was 5 days before my sixteenth birthday and my dad was not happy about it). We went to Sophomore Tolo, which was our equivalent to prom. David Meyer was my date and first boyfriend (second kiss). He ate so much crab at dinner that he barfed over the dock at the restaurant and into Puget Sound...classy.

5 things to do today:
1. Watch Molly
2. Buy milk at Walmart
3. Pick up the house
4. Laundry
5. Get out of my pajamas:)

Things I would do if I was suddenly a billionaire:

Invest most of it, then splurge with the rest! I would have Blake build me an amazing house on a huge plot in the Grapevine area (this really is the best place to live). Then I would gather my family around me and build them amazing houses as well. My house would be the Pottery Barn catalog. We would give to the church, Oprah's Angel Foundation, and other charities while eating Bon Bons all day! j/k, let's hope I would be productive.

3 Bad Habits:
I bite my nails
Worry WAY too much
I need a coke to get up in the morning (molly still doesn't sleep through the night)

Places I have lived:
Madrid, Spain
Patzicia, Guatemala

Jobs I have had:

Abercrombie and Fitch (I regret it)

Pepper's Salon

BYU Learning Resource Center

XanGo--executive assistant

XanGo--technical writer (currently contracted)

Things you might not know about me:

I am an animal lover

I love to write adolescent literature and I am working on a book right now. My friend Bethany just finished hers and motivates me to do the same.

My nickname from my dad is Punkin

I look just like my dad but I am a clone of my mother

I graduated with a B+ average from BYU but got a D- in Calculus...shh don't tell!

I wish Hogwarts was real

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Find your Candidate

Surprised? My test score said Mitt was the best candidate for me.

I found this link very helpful when trying to choose the best presidential candidate. I must admit that I didn't know how to answer some of the questions, but it was interesting to see how each candidate matches up to my values.

Who are you voting for???

My runner-up for candidates was Huckabee. I think he's a great guy, but I could never vote for someone who reminds me of President Logan from 24.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Gordon B. Hinckley Life/Death Tribute 1910-2008

I miss him!

Monday, January 28, 2008

A True Texan!

What makes someone a true Texan? I've been living here for a little over a year and I think I've finally figured it out. I used to think that a person must be born and raised in Texas to be a true Texan, but it is much more than that.

Saturday we went to the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. I put on my best cowboy attire and old straw hat to try and fit in with the rest of the "Good Ol' Boys". We made it to to the rodeo in time for the national anthem and prayer--yes, they pray before every rodeo. Texas isn't afraid to proclaim that this nation is founded under God! In fact, they would probably kick you out if you believed otherwise.

We watched the cowboys rope cattle, barrel race, ride bulls, broncos... even a monkey ride a sheep dog! I stuffed my face with funnel cake and Texas BBQ before taking Molly to the petting zoo. Words can't describe what she thought of the animals, so you'll have to watch the video I uploaded.

My mother-in-law got me one of the greatest birthday presents ever--my first cowboy hat! Texans could care less what brand of purse you have, but they sure check out your cowboy hat and boots. My hat was turning heads for the rest of the day. I'm determined to be a cowgirl now!

I used to get so annoyed with my Texas roommates at BYU. I remember Texas shower curtains, hot pads, pillows, magnets, towels, lamps (don't make me go on because there's more). Why do Texans have so much pride? I think I'm starting to understand why. Texas is genuine, exciting, religious, beautiful and big. The reason you don't mess with Texas is because there's a whole state of people ready to defend its honor!

You don't have to be born and raised in Texas to appreciate how wonderful it is. All I had to do was put on a cowboy hat and they welcomed me with open arms!

Monday, January 21, 2008

Ever Been in the Dog House??

My father-in-law believes that there are a few things that every boy/man should know. One of them is building a dog house. Since he is over the teacher's quorum at church, he invited them to our house to build a dog house for Zoe... more like a dog condominium. They had a blast building the house and now we have the enormous structure on our back porch. Zoe loves it of course and I am waiting for the final aesthetic touches. Blake volunteered his scrap lumber from his houses and the dog condo is complete with tyvek.

Now Blake has a place to go when he's in trouble!

Friday, January 18, 2008


Molly and I had a playdate yesterday. I had lunch with my friends and Molly got to crawl around and play with other babies. Kaiya was born one day after Molly (see below). They love to sit on the floor and play together, although Molly steals whatever toy Kaiya is playing with. Thank goodness Kaiya is an easy-going gal and lets Molly be a bully. They love eachother. Maura (next picture) is another one of Molly's friends and they are toxic together. Maura and Molly have similar personalities and steal toys from one another. It usually ends in tears, but they enjoy every minute of it.

Check out Molly's top--it says, "My mom ROCKS".... yeah I do!!!

Monday, January 14, 2008

The joys of being a dad!

This morning I found the cat staring at the fireplace. She wouldn't move or even react to the sound of her kitty treats shaking in their container. She just sat there ready to pounce on anything that moved in the ashes. Anyone who knows Miss Jinks would understand why I didn't pay much attention to her behavior. It's not unusual to find the creature acting in peculiar ways. But I knew she was on to something when the chimney started rattling when Blake came home for lunch. It seems that we have a furry friend in the chimney. So I told Blake that it was his responsibility as the man of the house to rescue the poor thing. I went and grabbed the only box we had left in the house after cleaning out the garage: Pampers (go figure). Blake stuck it in the fireplace and released the hatch... nothing happened. The animal is refusing to accept our ticket to the free world. So for right now the box remains under the shute and we will wait. Stay tuned as our furry friend adventure continues...

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Dog for Sale

I love my dog, but today was one of those days that if you would have offered me five bucks you would have walked away with a pure bred German Shepherd. Blake has made a new house rule: No more puppies! We only deal with old dogs who like to sit on the front porch and roll over.
Zoe was out of control today. She likes to run around the house, smell crotches and dig through the trash. If I ever leave her alone in the house, she drags the trash all over the house and I find her chewing on an egg carton behind the recliner. Then her big out of control tail ends up wacking Molly when she's trying to lick me in the face and I have a screaming baby (or a laughing one... depends on Molly's mood).
Other than that, I love my dog.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

I want a Sven!

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Little Bunny Foo-foo

Blake has been watching the playoff games on NBC so I was left to bathing the chicky. We had a good scrub scrub and then got cozy in our new bunny towel that Grandma gave us. When we came out to say hello to dad before getting our PJ's on, Blake did the impossible--turned away from the TV! Even the football buff couldn't stay focused on the game with such a cute bunny in the room!

These are the moments that make me forget about the screaming tantrums, the relentless stair-climbing, and the urine dribble on my carpet. She's an angel.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

New favorite thing

Molly cracks me up! Whenever she learns a new thing she has to practice it, show it off, and just be so dang cute!