Monday, October 27, 2008

Tagged by Ashley Ellsworth

Here are the rules:
1. Post the rules on your blog.
2. Answer the six "8" items.
3. Let each person know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their website.

8 Favorite TV Shows:
1. Family Feud
2. Price is Right
3. Jeopardy
4. Wheel of Fortune
5. Biggest Loser
6. Smallville
7. Super Why (Aleena's favorite)
8. Extreme Makeover Home Edition

8 Things I Did Yesterday:
1. Got ready for church
2. Got kids ready for church
3. Went to church
4. Gave a talk
5. Received a calling for Sunbeams
6. Came home
7. Took a nap :D
8. Spent time with my honey

8 Things I Look Forward To:
1. James being done with school
2. Aleena finally being potty trained
3. Thanksgiving
4. Christmas
5. Having our own home
6. More cousins living closer
7. Going to Arizona again
8. Getting a phone call from Katie to tell me she's pregnant!

8 Favorite Restaurants:
1. Olive Garden
2. Johnny Carino's
3. Los Portales
4. Macaroni Grill (not excited about their prices going up...)
5. Chili's
6. Cheddar's
7. as far as fast food goes... Wendy's
8. Braums (for the ice cream)

8 Things On My Wish List:
1. Chairs to go with our table :)
2. A Chi
3. To beat James at Ticket to Ride
4. To also beat James at Anno
5. Aleena to be potty trained (I know I said that already, but it's a BIG one!!)
6. To find the perfect fabric for my costume
7. See the ocean
8. Visit another country with James

8 People I tag:
1. Sally Stokes
2. Sarah Rone
3. Julia Willis
4. Marisa Compton
5. Heather Lyons
6. Shyanne Bowman
7. Amanda Cole
8. Jessica Crisp

Just a few words...

Saturday morning, Aleena kindly asked me to put her hair up. The morning hadn't been going all that well and I was already a bit irritable, but I told her I would. I was doing to french braids half-way and then putting it up into pigtails. Just as I was about to get the first ponytail in (Aleena's calls them hair-ups, but it sounds like "haywup") she shook her head a whole bunch and the whole braid came out. I sort of growled a little and she said, "What's wawn, Mommy? Aow you fwustwated?" Naturally, I had to laugh. Amazing how a few words from my sweet little girl can change my attitude. James and I are amazed each day at how her vocabulary is expanding. James was spouting off random things yesterday along with his made up tune. Somewhere in the mix of it he said something about me being crazy and the next thing we know, Aleena says to her Daddy, "Mommy's fweakin cwazy." She's so much fun, but boy can she be a stinker!!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Arizona trip

So, last week I went on a road trip to Arizona along with my mother, Grandma, cousin Julia, Uncle Scott (or as Aleena says "Uncle Butt"), Aunt Kathy, and my children. It was so much fun!!! My kids did WAY better than I was expecting. I was very nervous for the trip, but they did great! I think they mostly liked having me sit right next to them and they had my full attention the whole time. We left at 4am on Wed. morning (8th) Missouri time and arrived to our destinations around I believe 1am-ish. I stayed the first night at my sister's, the second and third nights at my dear friend Ashley's house, and the last 2 nights at Katie's again. Friday night I got to go out with my to best friends in Arizona, Ashley and Jodi, to eat at Olive Garden and then sit in the car for about 2 and 1/2 hours talking. I'm so bummed though!!! I DIDN'T GET ANY PICTURES!!! I even had my camera out in the car! I guess that's what happens when you're up for the day at 4am (thanks to Ethan not adjusting to the time change). Anyway, it was a blast! Friday my friend Jodi cut my hair and we got to visit some more. Oh, and about the "Uncle Butt" part, Aleena is now correcting herself by saying, "Not Uncle Scott, Uncle Butt... No, not Uncle Butt, Uncle Scott... Yeah, Uncle Scott." Is it normal for a 2 year old to hold conversations with themselves all day long? Anyway, it's nice to be back home with my hubby, but I do miss Arizona already!! One more thing... if we'd stayed there just one more day I could have seen Ashley's new baby boy!!! He looks beautiful in the pictures though!!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Ethan got his first haircut last night! James held him with a towel around him while I used the clippers with the longest setting (1 inch to be precise) to cut his hair. I was a little worried that he might get freaked out by it, but he LOVED it! He was so calm and smiling the whole time. The vibrating on his head I guess sort of put him in a bit of a trance, as he stared off and slowly leaned his head toward the clippers every few seconds. He thoroughly enjoyed his haircut. And doesn't he look so handsome!? (please ignore the laundry pile in the background :P)

So, the picture with Ethan against the dishwasher, he does that when it's on. Again, I think he likes the vibration of it. When I vacuum he lays his head on the floor. Are my kids weird or do all children do this? And the last picture, he's just loving his daddy :D And I don't blame him! HE'S ADORABLE!!! I don't know how anyone could NOT love him!!!

Sponge Rollers

So, Sarah and I both bought some sponge rollers
and did our cute little girls' hair. It took Aleena
a few times until she realized the hair-do was
AFTER taking the curlers out. The first few
times I put them in, she had a meltdown when I
tried to take them out. Now she loves them
though and enjoys shaking her head in the mirror
when we take them out to see her curls bounce.

And this is,of course, after taking the curlers out of her hair. She insisted on calling her Grandma, Aunt Katie, and Uncle Brandon today to tell them, "Cewlews in my haiw, and it's so tute!" She is so cute, and she so knows it...

Thursday, October 2, 2008

6 Quirky Facts About Me

Alright, so apparently I've been tagged now and am supposed to reveal 6 quirky facts about myself... So, here goes!

Quirky Fact #1
So I guess I'm a little OCD about a couple things... yes, I said a COUPLE... I don't think I actually ever realy noticed for the most part until after James and I got married and he kept pointing things out to me. The whole dishwasher thing, everything having to be loaded a certain way, I'm like that too. Before having a dishwasher though, James would tease me for taking such a long time doing the dishes cause I would rinse and organize EVERYTHING before starting to clean the dishes. And after they were cleaned, they would all get organized again, right down to the last peice of silverware, as I layed them on the matching towels on the counter to dry.
Quirky Fact #2
I have a REALLY hard time not correcting somebody's English spoken improperly. I know it's annoying, so I try not to point it out everytime I hear something said wrong, but sometimes I absolutely have to.
Quirky Fact #3
If someone has bare feet or they're wearing some kind of sandle, I always look. I'm not sure why, but I always have. Just a couple years ago I learned that 2 of my brothers do too. One of them actually went to the extreme of breaking up with a girl cause she had weird toes. I must admit, before I was married I did get quite turned off a few times by seeing the feet of guys I was dating and found that I didn't really like them as much anymore. Not just that they weren't good looking feet, but that the guy they belonged to loved feet. Sorry, just a little too weird for me I guess.
Quirky Fact #4
When I make a list for something, there can't be any scribbles or erase marks on the page and the writing has to all look the same. This is one of the things I didn't know about myself until my dear James pointed it out to me. If there is a scribble, unwanted mark, or mismatched lettering, I restart my list on a new piece of paper. Truly I had never noticed doing this until James started to tease me for having started my list over 5 times already.
Quirky Fact #5
This one really annoys my husband. I can't stand going to bed if the covers are messed up. If I haven't made the bed already, I make it just before laying down. I know, I know, kinda pointless right? WRONG! If the bed isn't made before laying down, I end up waking up with no covers! James is a cover theif!!!! I blame it entirely on HIM!!! (even though I was the same way before getting married... but that's beside the point.)
Quirky Fact #6
I HATE FLIES!!!!! James also teases me about this one, cause if there's a fly flying around, I can't be at ease until it's DEAD! The worst is if it lands on the tv while I'm watching a movie. Normally, I'll pause the movie until the fly has been officially terminated.
Making this list has brought something to my attention... I'm a lot more OCD than I thought! Hope you've all enjoyed my quirks! And now for the tagging of 5 peoples... I pick Julia Willis, Heather Lyons, Jessica Crisp, Jennifer Tonks, and.... Marisa Compton! I'll be looking forward to getting to know you all a little bit quirkier! Have fun!!