Sunday, December 28, 2008

Lazy Days of Winter

Here are Hubby's Great Grand kids from his oldest daughter (minus two babies and plus Grandson in law Matt) the day of their Christmas party when was hubby was dubbed, "The Crazy Guy!" All I have to say about that is, you have no idea how crazy!

We had a wonderful Christmas. It started snowing Christmas Eve, snowed 12" by Noon Christmas Day, stopped snowing long enough for my children to arrive and continued on after that from early afternoon until long after I went to bed.

Here is Cole putting together the only toy he got. Sometimes it's hard to pretend you're a grown up!

Here is Madie showing off her new DC's (shoes). You can't see them because she had already packed everything up in anticipation of going to see her boyfriend.

And here is Alex with the make your own John Deere Bear that Madie gave him. You can't tell from his face, but he really was excited about it.

Lucky for me I didn't have to get up and drive on those snowy roads on Friday. But, my oldest child decided he HAD to drive to Park City, Christmas night, to see a "girl". I did not sleep until he called to say, after over an hour, that he had made it down the canyon. If I had been closer to him I would have hugged him and cried and then knocked him upside the head!

So, Friday morning I slept in and had the house all to myself because my hubby had to work. I actually showered, made the bed and ate. After that I laid on the couch watching "Mama Mia!" TWICE. It was heavenly.

Four days off from work. It was so nice and I know I could get used to staying home, if I was rich that is!

In other pressing news, I finished "Two From Galilee", loved it, again! I watched the Jazz win one game and lose another in double overtime without my precious Paul Milsap who is hurt. (I'm betting they are going to call me any day to help nurse him back to health!) Saw the parentals...I know someday my mother is going to be like the crazy aunt in Christmas Vacation bearing "interesting" gifts. But my mom will have her dog wrapped up and covered in Fruit Cake. My siblings and their spouses know this is true!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Can You Say Snow?

It's snowing here in Utah. Great big fat flaky snow. The kind of snow that multiplies when it goes over the Great Salt Lake.

We are getting a ton of this stuff. It's supposed to snow all afternoon and all night. Five inches before rush hour. And then we'll all have a long commute.

It is so beautiful. I love the snow. But it's what comes after the snow that I don't like. The cold. This weekend our low will be 9 degrees. Sounds fun, huh?

And I still need to finish my Christmas shopping. Still have to find something on this earth that my hubby doesn't have. This is a chore. He told me to get him nothing. That is too easy and such a cop out. Over the next 5 days I will be a shopping fool during my lunch hour.

Since I can't take many of you with me (won't fit in my little Honda, sorry!) here is a picture of Baxter for you to enjoy. He likes the snow too and wears booties to protect his tootsies.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Two From Galilee

First of all, my apologizes for such a downer of a post last time. That post was the reason I just couldn't do anything for a couple of weeks. And I appreciate all your lovely kind words and I know her family would too.

Christmas is such a wonderful time of the year. I love the music, the food, the lights, the smell of the trees, the presents....both giving and receiving and I love the traditions.

Since I left my old life and started a new life, many of my old traditions have been left behind and some new ones have been picked up. Take this weekend for instance. The Baxter side of my family always has a Christmas party. I can remember this back to before I can remember much of anything else. My cool, hip, young exotic aunts, who I always wanted to grow up to be just like, were a big part of my memories of Christmas. My Grandma always had the most beautiful Christmas tree. I even inherited a wreath that she made. Now I just need to convince my hubby that he loves pink and wants to hang it on the front door. (he really does, I'm sure, but he loves to fight it!)

So...back to the subject of traditions, this weekend we have the Baxter Christmas party! A lifelong tradition and always so much fun! Three years ago I got invited to my new family's Christmas party and it is this Saturday. This one is really fun too. Such cute little kids running around and my hubby's oldest daughters wonderful children. So the start of new tradition.

One tradition that I have kept since I was a teenager is reading the book, "Two From Galilee, The Story of Mary and Joseph" by Marjorie Holmes. Marjorie Holmes is a wonderful Christian authur. She writes uplifting, inspirational books that I love. (you should also try "I've Got to Talk to Someobody, God!") I highly recommend this book to everyone. It is the original Christmas story. Well, actually, the pre-Christmas story. This is a love story. The love story between a young 13 almost 14 year old girl and the 21 year old man she loves and cannot live without. It has been called the Greatest Love Story of all.

Even if you don't believe in Christmas, this is a touching and heartwarming book and I highly recommend it. If you have already read it, read it again. If you have never read it, you can borrow mine in a couple of days!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Where Can I Turn For Peace?

Over the years of my life I have lost friends and family to death.

Some I have grieved for and continue to do so to this day. Some I was glad their suffering was over and they were off on a new journey.

Others have made the choice to leave us. I used to sit and shake my head and wonder why we couldn't help. Why we couldn't stop them.

I believe from the bottom of my soul that every person living on this earth today, those who have gone before us and those who are yet to come, make their own choices. I believe that is God’s plan for us. To choose our own way.

Two weeks ago on November 23rd a friend of mine made the choice to leave this world behind.

I have known her and her family for 30 years. I knew her when she was a frazzled young mom, a harried mom of teenagers, as a proud Grandma and an even prouder Great Grandma. And I knew her as her life started to unravel.

I taught all five of her children in church. Her daughters were like my daughters. I love them like they were my own. Her son was involved in the youth programs I taught in. And now my heart aches for them.

I understand the depression that can grab hold of you when life just seems too hard. I can understand wanting to leave it all behind. To leave those you love. To leave the world you love and to really want to go back to your heavenly home. I made it through my depression. Others don’t, even though they try hard to see their way back.

This sweet lady went through hell. She fought hard, her family fought hard and her friends fought hard to keep her here. But she couldn't take it any longer. Her family says she has let them know she wishes she would have stayed. We all wish she would have stayed.

At her funeral we sang a hymn called, “Where Can I Go For Peace?”. I had another friend pass away from Breast Cancer 9 years ago this month and this was her favorite hymn. It helped me through those dark days when I didn’t think I could make it. It helped me when my sweet friend died 9 years ago and when we sang it at the funeral of my friend who left us, it helped me there too. She knew she needed help and she tried, she really did. But her choice was still to leave us.

Her family has found their peace. They have great faith. They know they will see their wife, mother and grandmother again and that she is close by and watching over them and telling them to hold onto that faith.

Every single time I saw this friend she would kiss me on the check and tell me she loved me. She made me feel loved and special. Turns out she did the same thing with everyone she loved. How blessed I am that she shared this beautiful side of her with me? I will miss her and the love she shared.

Here is a video done by Mormon Missionaries of the song "Where Can I Turn For Peace?" This is not a professional performance, but this is from the heart. I hope you enjoy it and it gives you all a little bit of peace especially during this crazy busy Holiday Season. I wish all of you Peace in your lives.

I would like to encourage everyone who reads this to share the kind of love that my dear friend shared. Tell those you love that you do love them, now, while they are here with you. I told my friend everytime I saw her. And I know that she loved me. She shared that with me everytime we met. Lucky, lucky me!!

Psalms 30:5

.. weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Annual Migration

I took a little sabbatical (again) from blogging and maybe my next blog will be about that (and thank you Tracy for noticing I was gone.).

In my family it is tradition that the first Saturday of December is set aside for the "girls" to go shopping. I'm not sure how long we have been doing this, maybe 12 years. We started when Madie and her cousin Ashley were little girls. We'd get up WAY TOO EARLY (because my sister Marrla is a morning lunatic!) and we stop for a Krispy Kreme donut and then head off for shopping.

Here we are at Krispy Kreme. Did you know that Krispy Kreme has Pepsi and not Coke. I should write them a letter! From the left is Marrla and Ashley, then Madie and Chelsea and the whole gang: Kristin, Mom, Chelsea, Madie, Marrla, Madalyn, Ashley and Jill.

We always go to the same mall. Provo Towne Center. One year we went to the Gateway, which is an upscale outside mall in downtown Salt Lake. We froze. So we are sticking with the old stand by. Provo may seem a strange choice but it is our choice because we actually have to travel a bit to get there.

This year we (hubby did anyway) rented a 15 passenger van. After we picked it up I thought I'd better try driving it since I would be putting my family at risk with me driving. Alex was with me and I kept asking him if I was in the lane. I honestly couldn't tell. The van was a beast compared to my Honda Civic.

Here is my view of the van. It looks (and felt) like a bus! Madie here wtih Kristin who I know is probably wishing she could have stayed in bed a little longer on a Saturday.

Saturday morning Madie and I drove over to pick up Kristin. This is Kristin's second year of shopping with us since she only joined the family 16 months ago. First thing she wanted to know was why we had to leave that early. We all know it's Marrla's fault. Normal people don't get up before the chickens but Marrla does.

Here are Madie, Marrla, Madalyn and Chelsea pretending to be mannequins. They look so natural don't you think?

We then met up with my mom, Marrla (the evil morning person), Ashley, Marrla's granddaughter, little sister Jill, her daughter Chelsea and Chelsea's friend Madalyn. (Kristin's step daughter, Bronwen, couldn't make it this year...bummer.) We pulled into the WalMart parking lot and loaded up the van while the South Jordan police watched us.

We were off for some hot Krispy Kremes and then off to the mall. We stopped at Penney's and by 10 AM I was in desperate need for Diet Coke. McDonald's, I love you!

Here is Madie at McDonalds trying to drink upside down to get rid of her hiccups! (Once again, thank you Tracy!)

We shopped until those of us almost 40 and older were draggin around and the girls and the teenagers were still gun ho for more.

We had quite the time and I am very glad that no one got car sick in a van that was possessed by an evil spirit and weaved while I tried to keep it under control and my knuckles turned white. We all got home safely!

And here we are at the end of the journey! And see it looks like everyone is smiling and still in one piece!

We dropped Madie off to meet up with her boyfriend and though it would be great fun to embarrass her. What else fun can you do with teenagers? We all went into the pet store to meet him. He was a good sport and even took a picture with us.

Now I can't wait until next year!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is just 4 1/2 hours away! I love Thanksgiving. It's my favorite holiday with my favorite food.

I hope each of you have a wonderful day. I will be thinking about checking my blog all day but will have to resist or see the sulky face of my cute hubby. Thanksgiving is no time for sulking!

We will watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. I'll run to the store and buy a paper so I can dream about buying all the things that will be on sale. We will eat, and eat, and eat. Then we will lay around and wish we had eaten less. Maybe. We'll probably just eat more!

And this will be me tomorrow afternoon. After I have eaten too much turkey, too many mashed potatoes with gobs of gravy, too much stuffing and then forcing a piece of pumpkin pie covered with whipped cream down my throat. I will lay on the couch and smile. And wait for next year!

Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving. I am grateful for all of you!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Dear Utah Jazz

Head on over to Secret In The Sauce to check out other open letters today!

Dear Utah Jazz Front Office,

Now that our (notice how I say 'our'? All sports fans think they own the team don't ya think?) season has begun and we are 8-4 I think there may be one thing that needs to be added to the team.

Our starters are amazing. Our bench is the best ever. We are on our way. I'm sure you did notice that Fox Sports ranked us #6. Very nice. I think we should be #1 but those other pesky teams were voted before us. We have the worlds best fans too. But, as you already know, I am the best fan you have ever had or will ever have. (And don't let Nikki at blah, blah, blah blog tell you she is the biggest fan...maybe she is the co-biggest fan!)

So this is a going to be a great year.

Have you noticed that over the years there have been some really HOT players. Players like Bobby Hansen, who used to grab the front of his breakaway sweats and rip them off his body! Or Blue Edwards who was just too cute for words. (Plus those three super duper guys, Stockton, Malone and Hornacek!) But now we have Paul Milsap. (Small pause to catch my breath here!) Paul Milsap makes my heart flutter. I'm sure you saw his interview the other night without his shirt on, and I am here to tell you that the man is SOLID! Hmmmmm...

So, here is my idea. Paul needs his own person Fan Girl. (So, I'm not a girl, use your imagination!) I need to stand right by Paul during the games and fan him with one of those big ole feather fans. I know he gets hot and really could use some cooling down. The best part of this is that I will volunteer my services. You won't need to pay me a dime! I will even furnish my own fan. In Jazz colors of course.

Now, so you don't think I'm some crazed lunatic I want you to know that I am an upstanding citizen. I work a full time job, am the mother of three children, have a wonderful husband and have been entrusted every Sunday morning to teach 12 ten years at church. I swear I'm not the stalker from Hades! You can trust me.

Plus, I know that Paul really wants me to help out. He hasn't actually told me using any words, but I can "feel" him reaching out to me. Much the same way as Donny Osmond and all those baby animals. He wants me!! He needs me!! Oh baby, oh baby!!

So please just give me a buzz and let me know if I should start on the 24th against Chicago. I can be at the arena a little early so you can give me keys to the locker room and Paul's car. Just for safekeeping, don't cha know?

If Paul has any opposition to this please let D Will, Korver or Matt Harping that my fanning services are open to them too. Actually, if we really get down to it, just let me inside and I will fan the whole team, Jerry and the other coaches included!

Good Luck tonight in San Antonio. I will be stalking, opps, I mean watching you here at home. Waiting for your return!

Go Check out Paul at his own website

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Enjoy The Journey

Today at church I had an amazing experience I would like to share with you. And, no I am not going to go off on some wild tangent trying to lure you into my way of thinking. So relax, sit back and let me tell you about what I learned. Things I have learned before but things that actually hit me hard today. Things that made me wake up and think that I was being spoken to.

We had such a cute speaker today. A young mother of four little children. She started off by telling a story of one of her most trying days. A day that begins quite normally. Two children off to school, Dad off to work and Mom trying to at least get a shower. Her two year old starts off by pouring syrup all over her new couch and Family Room carpet. She deals with this incident and the two year old lives. Next child # 3 goes off to Pre-School and leaves Mom with the two year old. She is still trying to finish getting herself ready for the day when she hears nothing. Every mother in the world has surely heard the dreaded nothing. Two year old makes an appearance and states that there is Big Trouble, Big Trouble, his hands covered with white out. She discovers that her hardwood floors also have white out on them. So she scrubs until she has no fingernails. And the two year lives. Everyone returns from school and work. There is a quick kiss for Dad along with a short hug, dinner, homework, laundry, baths and more cleaning. She goes to bed knowing that tomorrow it all starts again.

We have all had days like this. Days when we barely make it through. I have been very unappreciative lately of all the good things in life and had made a pledge to myself to be grateful for those good things.

We need to Enjoy Our Journey.

This cute young mom gave us 4 things to do so we don't miss out on all the good things going on along with all our trials.

1 - Slow down and open your eyes! When was the last time you played in the rain? The last time you laughed out loud? You read something just for fun? The last time you laid on the grass on your back and watched the clouds? If we can find those things we used to, and still can love, we can renew our spirits. We can have a greater purpose in life.

2 - Find ways to serve others. Cute Mom has job charts for her four children and has added a line for service. She is amazed at what her children can find to do to help others. Things she had never thought of. Shouldn't we try to teach our children how to slow down and help those less fortunate, ill or struggling? Shouldn't we be doing that too?

3 - Pray, Meditate and Study Uplifting Writings. When we take time to understand that sometimes there are greater forces at work in our lives we get the chance to learn and grow. No matter what our beliefs are we can always get strength when we take a few quiet moments to reflect and be appreciative of what we have. A few quiet moments alone with our God or whoever or whatever brings us peace will give us the strength we need to carry on in this crazy world.

4 - Gratitude. As adults we are over sometimes overburden with the have to's in life. We have to get up in the morning, we have to go to work, we have to go grocery shopping, do the laundry, clean the bathrooms, walk the dog and on and on. This is where I have been stuck. I do not want to get up and go to work. I do not want the drudgery of what I see as a hopeless situation. But, (and I cannot tell you how many people have told me this!!) I should be very grateful that I have a job, that I can pay my bills, that I am healthy, that I have clothes to wash and a car to drive. We live in a world where we get the opportunity to be challenged everyday. I am going to start looking for that challenge.

So take a few minutes and take a look around and see how blessed we all are. See, if like me, you have been missing out on some really good stuff. Everyday stuff going on all around you. And hug someone you love every chance you get because someday that someone may not be here to hug.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Blog Slacker

Blog Stalking used to be my passion. I followed so many blogs and felt like I knew what was going on in the blogging world.

Now I don’t have time to do much stalking and for the last two weeks I have struggled with even following the blogs I normally do on a regular basis.

It is now time to snap out of the slump I’ve been in and get back into the old routine.

Last night I attended a program at Alex’s school and was hit by the realization that I have so much in my life to make me happy.

So, here is a little list of those things:

*Alex played in his first Band Concert of his final year of Middle School. They did such an awesome job and I wish I had a camcorder so I could share it with all of you. I am so lucky to have such a great kid!

*Hubby and I talked about our little being a “Jerk” moment and he thought that he had been a “Jerk” too. All this over a stupid jar of pickles. (Hmmm, pickle juice…)

*We had Adiel over for Dinner last week. It was so fun and it felt like she just belonged there at the table with us. (Hope she felt that way too.) Plus Alex said one of his classic 16 word prayers. It was just what I needed to get over the sadness of my old branch closing down.

*I received my very cool necklace that I won during the SITS blogathon from Twisted Silver. I finally wore it on Saturday. It’s so gorgeous it makes me nervous to wear it. Thanks to Heather and Tiffany and Twisted Silver.

*I won a candle over at SuperWAHMZ. To Noelle at Cabin Fever Candles, thank you so much!! The candle smells so good and is so cute. I keep burning it so long that I am going to have to buy another one soon. Maybe a Christmas scent.

*Plus I won some Popr’s from Veggie Mom! It was an executive decision between Alex and me on what the final flavor should be. I can hardly wait to try these!

*I paid under $2.00 a gallon for gas. Actually, $1.97. It was a thrilling experience!

*Tomorrow is Friday. The day after is Saturday. I love Saturdays. This is what I am going to do!

*There are three stations (that I know of) playing Christmas music. Felix Navidad...sung at the top of my lungs. Sorry Liz, I know you really hate it but it does make me so happy!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Mucho Gracias

One of my new favorite bloggers has given me a blogging award. I met Kathryn during the SITS blogathon. She has an amazing way with words and I love her stories about the University of Utah (and BYU fans!) Go visit her over at Ritch In Love.

Rules: post six things about you and then bestow the award to 6 more bloggers and list them in this post.

1. Now that it is Basketball Season I am giving myself up to the Utah Jazz again. Isn't Paul Milsap just the cutest thing you have ever seen? Go Jazz!

2. I think every baby animal I see wants me to take them home with me. (They really do want me. They tell me!! Just like Donnie Osmond.)

3. I love the mountains. I can't imagine not living without mountains surrounding me.

4. I love big, fat, fluffy snow. I love the way it looks and feels. I just don't like the freezing temperatures.

5. My number one comfort food is boxed Campbell's Chicken Noodle Soup. (No chicken pieces please.) Whenever I am sick it's the only thing I want.

6. I am excited for November 26th so I can go see Four Christmas'. (I think that's what it's called) I love Reese Whitherspoon! And who couldn't use a good laugh?

So now I would like to forward this award on to Julie over at the DJtatertots. Julie just gave birth to beautiful triplets. I know Julie won't have time to pass this on, so on Julie's behalf this goes to all those people who have gone beyond friendship to showing her and her family the pure love of Christ. Congratulations!


Liz tagged me. This was difficult. Should have been easy but my brain has been a little slow for a couple of weeks. Time to snap out of it!

The 8 Things no particular order

8 T.V. shows I love to watch:
1. House
2. Utah Jazz (I know, not a show, but they are on several times a week)
3. My House is Worth How Much?
4. House Hunters
5. Murder, She Wrote (At least until Comcast took Hallmark away!)
6. Property Virgins
7. Football (Actually, the Packers)
8. Fox 13 News

8 Favorite Restaurants:
1. Carvers
2. Geeko’s
4. Rocky Mountain Pizza
5. La Puenta
6. Café Rio
7. Chili’s
8. Black Angus

8 Things That Happened Today: (I’m going to use Saturday, nothing going on today!)
1. Slept til 8AM! (YAY!)
2. Picked up Lifesavers for Church
3. A quick trip to Kmart
4. Took Alex and Madie to the Mall
5. Looked at houses for sale with Alex
6. Made Irish Stew (the Scottish way!)
7. Ran Alex to a friends
8. Hurt my hubby’s feelings (I am a jerk!)

8 Things That I Look Forward To:
1. Next weekend – No work
2. Christmas shopping with the girls on the 6th
3. Thanksgiving dinner at Misty’s
4. Lunch Wednesday (I hope) with my former co-workers
5. Putting up my Christmas Tree (After December 1st)
6. Losing 20 pounds (Perhaps I should actually start this one)
7. Getting the day after Christmas off
8. Christmas Day

8 Things On My Wish List:
1. A pair of sweats (Already asked hubby for some for Christmas)
2. Replace my black shoes
3. That the Jazz win on the road (not like today!)
4. That I finally “get” work
5. To sell the house
6. To find another house back in the “old” area
7. Gas being under $2 a gallon
8. Being able to attend Twilight on the first day

8 People I Tag:
Anyone who reads this and feels like sharing all this info with everyone else. I’d like to get to know all of you better!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Good Bye My Friends

Halloween was going to be filled with fun. I had my costume all ready and had just finished putting the last attachment on it when I sent Adiel a text asking if she would be in the office by 8 AM. No sense stopping by if she wasn't going to be there. After her response I decided to stop by about 10:30. But she sent me another text about 8:00 telling me that her life, and the life of all my friends who I left behind, had changed in an instant. Now they are all gone and there is nothing left but an empty shell of a building.

We work in an industry that has been hard hit by this rotten economy. It has taken it's toll on other working friends but now it has hit way too close to home.

Now Adiel, Bob, Steve and all the rest are gone. This has been such an emotional blow. Now instead of being just 12 blocks away, they are spread all over. Some I may never see again. Some I better see at least once a month! (Adiel, did you hear that???)

We had some good times, busy times and trying times as things began to change. But I know in our hearts, we will always be friends.

Each of you deserves only the best and I wish you well.

So, because Adiel and I didn't get to poise in our ultra cool Halloween costumes, here is a picture of us from last year!

Adiel is the young hot Military chick on the left. I am dressed up as Mrs. Rogers, spouse of Mr. Rogers. Which is another work story! Good Memories. (Oh, and I stole this picture from Adiel's blog....shhhhh, don't tell her!)

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The Devil Made Me Do It

Since arriving at my new place of employment I have been lonely...mostly for Adiel. I am also missing noise and several other normal things. This is the quietest place I have EVER worked! Besides all the quiet, there is some serious plotting going on around here. Some evil is lurking just under the surface here.

I have discovered why that is.

These people are really something that cannot be seen at face value. Underneath their regular day to day clothes lives something very sinister. They seem so nice and normal but I discovered the truth. Just yesterday I arrived back from lunch to discover DONUTS. Filled with fat, filled with calories, screaming my name. This is the second box of donuts this week. What is going on? It's like I have stepped into a Stephen King book and I can't get out. You can see from their pictures that everything I have said is true.

See these smiling faces? Notice the horns?
Here's a sly one...encircled in horns!
Plus this guy just came from Vegas...reeking in sin!
Here is sweet and innocence in disguise. Don't be fooled!
And this little teddy bear of a man has HORNS...can you see them too?

These two are in charge of this coven of horn wearers. They look so innocent...but they are the donut devils!

And look what they have done to poor Baxter!
No more Guardian Angel for me.

You have to help me out of this den of overeating before I can't fit into my car....I need someone to rescue me!

You're all too late! Look what has happened to me. Can you see all those fat calories oozing out of my eyeballs? What Kitty Kat is going to like me if I smell like donuts?

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Thank you Veggie Mom!

Much thanks to Veggie Mom for such a lovely award. (You know Veggie Mom is a great Packers fan. She even lives back there and sometimes she and her family get to go to the games. I am totally green with envy. Did you see that 99 yard pass interception that ended with a touchdown last Sunday?? No, OK.)

Well on with this award. I would also like to thank Melissa B. who created this award and then gave it to Veggie Mom who passed onto me. Melissa is at the scholastic scribe and is one of my favorite bloggy reads. This was the award she made for her 200th post.

Now I must pass this on to five other bloggers who deserve to be recognized for their writing efforts: Here are The Rules, as stipulated by the Award's Creator:

Each Superior Scribbler must in turn pass The Award on to 5 most-deserving Bloggy Friends.
Each Superior Scribbler must link to the author & the name of the blog from whom he/she has received The Award.
Each Superior Scribbler must display The Award on his/her blog, and link to
This Post, which explains The Award.
Each Blogger who wins The Superior Scribbler Award must visit
This Post and add his/her name to the Mr. Linky List. That way, we'll be able to keep up-to-date on everyone who receives This Prestigious Honor!
Each Superior Scribbler must post these rules on his/her blog.

This is the hard part. So many Blogs that I love to read. Filled with laughter, tears, inspiration and they always making me happy.

1-Tara at Mucho Matagi. I know I mention Tara a bit but I just love to read her blog. The things she blogs about keep me entertained for hours.
2-Emily at The Krazy Keston’s. Emily moved into my neighborhood and I swear she was 12 years old and already married. (She wasn’t really, she just looked so young!) Somewhere over time she became the mother of four children and has adventures that never end.
3-Liz at Livin’ The Dream. I have given Liz a blog award before and she said she was surprised. I don’t know why. Her blog is so entertaining. Her last one about Belle (her daughter) running off with a crotchety old man (her son) had my hubby and I laughing all night!
4-Tracy at The Journey. This is one of those feel good blogs. Tracy is so sweet she shares so many inspirational thoughts on her blog I really look forward to being there all the time.
5-And finally, Lynn, the Piggy Bank Painter. Now I have spent HOURS nagging Lynn to take it easy and get a nap in with all her work. And she works HARD. She finally listened to me but she was sick. Does that count? She is creative and ever so funny. She also makes a mean piggy bank!

There you are. Thanks again to Veggie Mom and GO PACKERS!!!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


As some of you may know I actually won a prize during the SITS blogathon. Didn't even know it until someone left me a comment and said Congratulations!! As a result of this prize I was also tagged with a meme from Texas Mom who also won a prize during the blogathon. She tagged all the winners. I have been such a blog slacker that it has taken me SOOOO long to get this done. But, since today is Friday and I have two seconds of free time I will finish this up!

So here are the rules are:

1. Link to the person that tagged you, and post the rules on your blog.

2. Share 7 random and/or weird facts about yourself.

3. Tag 7 random people at the end of your post, and include links to their blogs.

4. Let each person know that they've been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

So here we go. Seven Random Facts all about me!

1 – I have six night lights in my house. If you remember from my birthday post, I am scared of the dark and my hubby understands. He put all the night lights up before I moved in. My older sister lived with me for a time before I got married and said that my hallway looked like an airport landing strip because of the lights. I assure you she exaggerates most of the time. :)

2 – Every weekday morning I enjoy a lovely glass of Bold & Spicy Bloody Mary Mix. (without any alcohol) I got addicted to this on a flight from Denver to Salt Lake when I asked for a V8 and they only had this wonderful Bloody Mary Mix. I was hooked. (And yes I know it has lots of sodium and is really not good for me but the only other vice I have is Diet Coke.)

3 – I think it is most hilarious when people scream. At movies when people scream I laugh and always at the most inappropriate times. Plus I love to hide and scare people, then I laugh hysterically. I know there is something sadistic about this. Good times!

4 – I love pickle juice. But not any old pickle juice. It has to be from Hamburger Dill Chips. My new favorite is Vlasic Oval Cut Hamburger Dill Chips. The bottle at home is almost empty with very little juice because I drink it right out of the jar. I have a hankering for some right now.

5 – In rush hour traffic I start to freak out if I have to stop on an overpass. I always try to time it so I don’t have to be at a stop right on top of it. I am sure it is from seeing bridges collapse after California earthquakes and the bridge collapse in Minneapolis.

6 – I love to read True Crime books even though they scare me to death. Anne Rule is my favorite by far. I have read every Ted Bundy book I could get my hands on because he killed a girl I went to High School with and ruined the security of my teenage years. Also read every book about Mark Hoffman, the Mormon Bomber. I worked in downtown Salt Lake when all that happened. Very Scary!

7 – I cannot stand the smell of the meat department in grocery stores when they are cleaning for the night. I’m sure it’s the Clorox mixed with all that meat processing. Truly makes me sick. I have to cover my nose and almost run away as soon as I get a whiff. This all started with my first pregnancy and I never got over it.

So now victims to tag.....

1 - How about Tara at Mucho Matagi. Tara is so funny and I really want to know all those random things that she hides so well!
2 - Tonya living the dream in San Diego. OK, she works just like the rest of us but her adventures with her boys are hilarious. Plus I am sure she has some stuff we all need to know.
3 - Sherrie at Kaysville Momma. Sherrie is having a writers block so I thought I would help her out. I know she has done this before but really doesn't everyone have more than seven random things??
4 - My sweet step granddaughter Emily. Emily and her cute baby spent last weekend with us and she posted the cutest picture of us on her blog. Thanks Emily! Must know more about you.
5 - Adiel's little sister Steph. She is pregnant with her first baby, a little girl. I think I would like to know a little more about her, wouldn't the rest of you?

Sorry, that's it for my list. Two short, but I am sure we will learn some mighty interesting things! Enjoy!

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