Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Okay, I know that it was a complete and utter shock when we moved into her neighborhood and so quickly, but I think sometimes she still doesn't believe it can last. It has been good. We've been here four months and between the sharing of the meals, having a handy babysitter, and just being able to hang out, it has been fabulous! Not to mention that we both have our strengths and our weaknesses and amazingly enough, they are completely opposite. We're a lot alike, but I have found that where one of us is weak, the other helps to strengthen the other in that area. It's been lovely. She has really helped me to just start doing things and get projects worked on and finished.
Currently I'm working on decorating the girls' room as we await the arrival of their new bunk beds and Amy has helped me so much with decisions . . . I am not a decision girl. Nate knows if we ever go out that he will have to choose the restaurant - he's just learned to live with my indecisiveness.
ANYWAY, back to our conversation the other day. We got to thinking about how many times Nate and I have moved and the reality of the details was/is rather shocking.
In six years of marriage, we have lived in 5 different places -- 2 apartments and 3 houses.
I would say that we plan on staying in this house for a while because I hate moving and I'm having a lot of fun decorating and having my own home!
Friday, July 27, 2007
4 Jobs I've had
1. My first job was a secretary at the BYU Word Processing Center in the Tanner Building helping the business/accounting professors. I loved it and the people I worked with.
2. Robert Half International -- as a temp and as an administrative assistant working with Megan and then taking over after she left until I left to have Savannah and stay at home.
3. Pampered Chef. About two years ago I started this and it was shocking to everyone not only that I started something like this, but more so that I enjoyed it and actually kept it up and did quite well. I loved meeting new people and getting out of the house! Plus, I loved the sense of accomplishment. I stopped a month or two ago, though, because it was getting to hard to work around Nate's unpredictable work schedule as he has many evening appointments. Since his work is way more important than my fun distraction. . . I stopped. I am sorely missing the deals and products, but I definitely have a well-stocked kitchen now! I am now a huge PC fan! If you are ever invited to a show -- you should go.
4. Being a mom has been my job for the past four and a half years and I love it. I have a feeling that I am on the verge of the craziness though -- with school and extra-curricular activities. Both my girls will be in preschool this year and I have only tipped the iceberg with dance lessons last year and swimming this summer. . . I'm sure as my girls get older it'll just get crazier - my sister, JoDee, always seems to be running her kids somewhere. . .
4 Places I've lived
1. Arizona - Flagstaff (where I was born), Mesa (most of my childhood), Chandler, Scottsdale, Phoenix, Page, Queen Creek (or Queentucky as Nate calls it - where we live now).
2. Denver, Colorado -- Actually, it was Lakewood and then Conifer (for BYU vacations). I have some fabulous memories of this place that I loathed moving to (it was the end of my sophomore year - how was I supposed to be happy about that?!). My parents, Megan and I had a blast - and Tyler before he left on his mission. Those were some fun times when Megan and I had some uhm interesting experiences together that make for some good and hilarious memories that we love to bring up again and again.
3. Provo, Utah while attending BYU. I love Provo. I love the Fall and the Spring. I love BYU campus and the changing of the leaves on the trees in the fall or the sense of impending freedom, excitement and laziness that comes with the spring as everyone lounges on the grass . . . love it.
4. Chile - Santiago, Peumo and Pichilemu. Love the mission. Loved the people - both the natives as well as my comps. In fact, two of my comps have blogs, Hermanas Vaneps and Clawson.
4 Favorite TV shows
1. 24 - anyone who's watched this has to love Jack Bauer. I know I do.
2. Lost - I can only watch this and 24 on Netflix rentals. I don't cope well with watching it interrupted with commercials and not being able to watch more than 40-minutes progress a week in the story-line. I think I have patience issues. So I wait until the season is released on dvd and then have a marathon -- I like it much better that way.
3. I have to say that I honestly don't watch any shows regularly on tv. I have started watching random political shows on CNN though that I find quite interesting and I even watched the Democratic You-Tube debate the other night! I don't know what Nate and I were thinking but it was actually quite interesting. Can't wait for the Republican one in September!
4. I blame my lack of tv watching on the fact that I don't have dvr or tivo. I know everyone lives by it and I think it'd be cool, but I'm rather afraid of becoming addicted -- as I become addicted to Lost or 24 when I'm renting them. I'm quite happy not knowing what I'm missing right now. We'll see how long that lasts. . .
4 Favorite Foods
1. I love White Chocolate Kit Kats or Strawberries.
2. Tomato, Basil Spinach Fettuccine with Shrimp. I made this for my mother-in-law's birthday two weeks ago and realized once again how much I love it! I'll have to post the recipe sometime. It's very easy and feels like fine dining.
3. Smoothies. Any kind, any day. I dream of owning my own VitaMix. . .
4. My latest kick has been granola, strawberries, blueberries and vanilla yogurt all mixed together. A fabulous breakfast!
4 Websites I frequent
1. Yahoo for Email
2. Arizona Federal Credit Union as I am in charge of all bill-paying in this household
3. Netflix for movies
4. Blogs to catch up on friends and family
4 Places I'd rather be right now
1. Unfortunately, like Megan, as pathetic as it sounds, I'd love to be in a Step class right now at the gym. I am seriously missing living close to a gym and the consistency it gave me in my workout schedule. My girls even miss the "play-place" as they called it.
2. Anywhere in the world alone with Nate. We need a vacation without our children. I love traveling and want to see the rest of the world with him at my side.
3. In the National Gallery in London, sitting in front of one of my favorite paintings - Lady Jane (not sure if that's the exact name) or in the Cortauld Gallery (in London) looking at a Van Gogh.
4. Resting in a hammock in the mountains, sipping ice cold water.
4 Movies I love
1. Pride & Prejudice - the A&E version with Colin Firth
2. Lady Jane
3. Shooting Fish -- a regular rental on those nights in London when we didn't want to spend money - nearly every weekend at least one group from the BYU program rented it. Very British and very wacky.
4. Music From Another Room -- yet another wacky show yet so . . . me.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
and started cross-dressing the princes.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
The hubbies had a "boys night" and Gina came over with a 2-hour beauty regimen and strawberry daiquiri mix. This picture was the first of two face masks we all did. The second was potentially painful (if you let it dry with your head in a weird position or if you move) and harsh, but I'm sure it took away a few wrinkles. As it set, it turned to concrete on your face and you couldn't move for 30 minutes. Talk about a mini-face-lift! There was a lengthy discussion beforehand about how you have to keep your head in a neutral position and not laugh or it would hurt - Megan and Gina had us all freaked out over it! We all had to turn on the t.v. so we wouldn't look at each other and laugh -- not laughing when doing stuff like this with your sisters is a nearly impossible task! Somehow we managed the impossible -- for the sake of beauty.
Madalyn with the water snake that kept poking it's head
out of the water to watch what we all were doing.
What's a post without a picture of Davyn and London loving on each other?
The attempted escape. . . uhm, was anyone watching the children?
Me and my love!
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
One morning Megan and Tom had to run a few errands so we tagged along and then went to a cool antique store together. While in the car, I hear chanting from the back seat and see this picture . . .
and hear. . .
"I wish for my powers to come back.
I wish for my powers to come back.
I wish for my powers to come back."
over and over again.
(where do they get this stuff?)
Very strange yet imaginative children.
I finished my second class online for my BYU degree.
And I even got a 90% A-
(I hate minuses -- they take away my joy of having an A. Why do they do that to you?)
HFL 350 - Family Finance only took me 11 months to complete, but I blame that completely on my lack of persistence and cobwebbed mind from being away from school so long. I loved learning again, but it was hard to discipline myself to actually sit down and do the homework and get my booty to the testing center to take the exams.
The class was a good eye-opener for me and gave me some very applicable principles for my life. The sections on life insurance and retirement really helped me understand more of what Nate does everyday in his work and I'm grateful to know a little more about that so I can understand what he is talking about all the time! I can see why he loves his job so much - helping people put their lives in order must be fulfilling.
I am looking forward to getting my next class over with (English 315 - my last general) and then getting on to the History and Art History classes I need to graduate. I switched my major so many times when I first arrived at BYU that I'm afraid between that and taking a semester abroad in London I have lots of credits, but put together, they don't put me any closer to graduation.
Leaving BYU, I was a humanities major, but that cannot be completed online so I have changed back to history (my major before discovering a love of humanities). Luckily I already have a couple upper-division history classes under my belt.
My goal is to finish my English class before the holidays arrive. I may need some prodding from people around me to help me stay on track...
Monday, July 23, 2007
The mailman came through for me (at 4:30 Saturday)
(Ang - mine also came in a "Muggles don't deliver before July 21st"-box also)
My children came through for me (playing all day Sunday while being ignored by their obsessed mother who read most of the day -- except the 3-hour church block -- wait, we only have church for 2 1/2 hours out here)
J.K. Rowling came through for me
and last, but not least
Harry Potter came through for me!
Saturday, July 21, 2007
I love Harry Potter.
Last month I re-read all six books to prepare myself for this final book.
Nate has not read them . . . yet. But he does love seeing the movies with me. After seeing the Order of the Phoenix last week, he immediately went home and ordered the new book for me on Amazon. Sweet gesture and he was so excited to do it for me.
However . . .
today is Saturday, July 21st
the book is out
and my mailman doesn't come til the late afternoon
and I'm not that confident in Amazon's promise of delivery today or your money back
I DON'T WANT MY MONEY BACK
I WANT TO READ HARRY POTTER . . NOW
AND I AM IMPATIENTLY WAITING . . .
if it's not in my mailbox this afternoon, I'm hi-tailing it to Wal-mart.
Nate is convinced that London looks like my little sister, Megan, so here is another way that our London is like Megs -- Megan LOVED E.T. when she was young. Obsessive, like London, would be a better choice of words.
In our family, most of the toddlers have June/July birthdays so everyone in Utah was caked-out. Hence - the huge cookie decorated with beloved E.T. . London was very specific that she wanted E.T. flying across the moon on the bike when Grandma Cyndee asked what she wanted on the cookie. Thanks mom for the awesome decorating job.
London's other love: Curious George.
Did I ever mention how much she loves monkeys?
Thursday, July 19, 2007
* a 97 degree home
* an empty home
*about 100 emails in the inbox to be deleted
* no blogging
2 days of a.c. fixing issues + 1 persistent and wonderful husband with connections =
* a 77 degree home
* a happy Mandi
*cleaned out email inbox
* a blog entry
A million thanks to Amy for letting me invade her home for 2 days straight even though it was chaos and she already had house guests. Our older sister, JoDee, has been in town for the week and it's been fun hanging out. So now, with no visitors and a cool house, I'll be ready to finish up my Utah trip memories. Stay tuned. . .
Monday, July 16, 2007
for the 4th of July.
Madalyn, Savannah, and Talin
*begging for candy
*being sprayed with water
*petting the mini-horses ( I know there's a name for them, but it escapes me just now)
*starring in awe at the dance groups (well, mostly just my Savannah!)
*dancing to the music (well, mostly just my London!)
sorry about the background clicking and the sideways view. . . didn't think about that when I was filming it on the camera . . . and then the girls were being too silly to do it again. . . little girls are VERY VERY SILLY.
tell me that isn't pure chaos on the trampoline!!!
there were races to be run. . .
on your mark
races to be won...
pictures to be taken. . .
back:Aidan, Wyatt, Bailey, Savy, Talin, Wesley, Madalyn, Andersyn
front: Collin, London, Noah, Davyn, Crew
and an obstacle course to complete!