Friday, September 26, 2008
Martin was a city boy. He didn't know anything about a farm (even an ex-farm) or country folks. A few weeks later, after we were pretty serious, Martin had to spend a couple of hours alone with my mom and sister, Mindy. I don't remember where I was, but mom and Mindy offered to take Martin to Smith and Edwards (the country boys store) for which Farr West is famous. Martin was completely thrilled at the thought. After years of hearing the commercials, he jumped at the idea of seeing it for himself. If you aren't from Utah, I'm sure you have no idea what Smith and Edwards is -- I will explain: They carry all sorts of tools, hunting gear, cowboy wear, lawn and garden materials, outdoorsy stuff, candy, and much, much more. Their slogan is "If we can't find it, you don't need it." It's true, there is so much stuff there the owners literally don't have any idea what is in the inventory.
So while at Smith and Edwards (surplus plus), Mindy offered to take Martin to the fishing aisle while my mom made a b-line for the ammo. section. Standing amidst the army surplus, and red necks with handle-bar mustaches, I wonder if Martin questioned what he had gotten himself into. Luckily, he stayed around and got to know me better. I'm soooo glad he did! Love you, babe! Here's to 15 years.
P.S. My mom really loves Martin. She just really needed bullets. Martin isn't intimidated by her anymore (most of the time).
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
By the way he is playing Tight End, I don't know what that means. However, he has been changed to Defense and I don't know what he does now (nothing's changed)...I just know he's completely covered in bruises!
I just have to say Alex stinks 3/4 of the time now. Martin has said he'll need to have his car detailed after football season is over because he can't get the stench out. We make Alex take a shower when he gets home and luckily, I just drop him off before practice so he's relatively clean then. I have never seen a kid so sweaty in my life (except all the other boys playing football). What are you supposed to do with the pads and helmet? Ugghhhh! So gross.
Okay, I apologize for my crummy camera again...but here's The Cuteness playing soccer at the recreation center. He was so excited to start something that his brother and sister aren't a part of. I am glad he was smart enough to figure that out by himself .
The Cuteness does the same thing his dad and brother do which is stick his tongue into his cheek when making an important play:)!! Martin does this when playing basketball and Alex does it all the time. The boys both do it when they're thinking hard too. Like with homework...just an observation that makes me laugh! He made some great plays!
Friday, September 19, 2008
20 Years Ago:
1. I was in 8th grade.
2. I was into cheerleading and tumbling.
3. I was seriously boy crazy.
4. I was hating Jr. High.
10 Years Ago:
1. I was pregnant with Olivia and sick as a DOG!
2. We lived in Factoria in a little 2 bedroom apartment.
3. I was trying not to throw up (seriously…the whole 9 months) and stay out of the hospital.
4. Had a 2 year old little boy named Alex.
5 Years Ago:
1. I had a newborn baby boy (Isaac).
2. I was just released from being primary president.
3. I was living in a cute house on Squak Mtn. in Issaquah (I still love that house but the doors don’t fit in the jams).
4. I was trying to lose weight.
3 Years Ago:
1. I was trying to lose weight (see a pattern?)
2. Was trying to keep up with a teenager living with us.
3. I was devastated to hear my sister had late term brain cancer.
4. I was taking Isaac to the therapist to make sure his development progressed. He wasn’t interested in walking.
1 Year Ago:
1. I was contemplating 2 foot and calf surgeries.
2. I was worried about my sister’s brain surgery to implant a reservoir for chemo. She seemed so sick afterward.
3. I read the BOM twice.
4. I was trying to lose weight.
So Far This Year:
1. I said good-bye to my sister and went to her funeral.
2. I had surgery on my feet and calves.
3. Had a wonderful summer.
4. Started my baby in kindergarten.
1. I slept terrible.
2. I went shopping at Target with Alex.
3. Took a nap (what?---I really had a bad night!)
4. I ate Chinese take out.
1. I took my baby to the bus to kindergarten.
2. I mopped the floor, vacuumed, dusted, etc.
3. I worked out at the Commumity Center and tried not to look at that hot guy who’s always there.
4. Took a shower.
In the Next Year I’ll:
1. Try to lose weight.
2. Go to the temple at least once a month.
3. Finish the New Testament and start studying D&C.
4. Think about a new home addition.
I tag Tonii, Stacey and Mindy.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
1. When we lived in Factoria in an apartment I was reading in the afternoon one day. Pretty soon I noticed a crackling sound like there was a fire in our fireplace, which there wasn't (we never used the fireplace the 3 years we were there). So I ignored it for a few minutes and then went outside on our deck and saw the apartment building next to ours by maybe 20 feet was completely engulfed in flames! I grabbed Alex and ran outside. The fire department had to cut holes in the roof to let out the flames and extinguish the fire. It was pretty bad! Luckily, no sparks caught out building. Surreal!
2. Again, while living in those apartments, the woman directly below us (on the ground level) was raped one night in her OWN APARTMENT! A man entered from her window, which was open because it was a hot summer! They never caught the guy (to my knowledge).
3. When we first moved to Issaquah there was so much rain one year that the salmon were actually crossing the street in the flood. It looked like they were taking a walk. AWESOME!
4. The black out of Dec. 2006 was super cool. The wind blew so hard one night that the power was knocked out throughout most of the east side of Seattle. I remember looking out the window during the night and the huge cedar trees all around were bent nearly in half. We were without power for almost 4 days--some people longer. It was in December so it was cold. We were glad we had our gas fireplace and stove to cook.
5. One day I was driving down the street just past Target and noticed that the ground was really bumpy and almost wavy. I thought my tire was flat so I pulled into the Library building on Newport Way and got out of the car. That's when I noticed the trees all around were almost bouncing and swaying. The woman in the car in front of me got out too and said she thought it was an earthquake. Which it turned out to be (I think a 6.3 or something). Sidenote: The doors in our house never fit right in the jams after that! How inconvenient!
Okay, so there's six, not five.
6. When my family was visiting in November one year we all went down town Seattle to do some site seeing. We were bombarded by a throng of protestors (who were protesting fur clothing). They were holding signs of skinned animals and bloody clothing. These people meant business...my family was a little bewildered by that. Ahhh, only in Seattle!
Okay, so now your turn!
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Photo: My nieces Savannah, Maddi and Jess on Christmas Eve. I love this picture! I love my nieces.
Monday, September 8, 2008
Enter: The "Riccar," the newest member of the family. What a name, right? It flows. Not unlike his smooth pivoting casters. This bad boy can clean anything and I do mean ANYTHING. He is quickly becoming my favorite child. Why spend so much money on a vacuum cleaner? My husband and kids tell me I'm a real neat freak...and I admit that might be the tiniest bit true. Hey, at least I can admit it.
Here's the cuteness on his first day of kindergarten, or any kind of school, for that matter. He didn't do pre-school and neither did his siblings, so we'll see how it turns out with him. He was, I think, overly excited for school. It reminded me of those days Martin would go back to the U after summer break. You wouldn't think a grown man would be so uncontrollably excited to go to class, but Martin was. I get nauseous just thinking about that. He had pretty much this same expression on his face.
Isaac kept telling me to take more pictures so I've got about a million of these. Usually he hates pictures. But that's what school will do for you.
He was pretty cute getting on that bus. Such a giagantic bus, and three 5 year olds on it. Notice he brought his bff, "Tippy." Tippy is his little white beanie baby he got a while ago. We don't know why he's called Tippy. We don't ask. Mrs. Duke's kindergarten is always allowed to bring a stuffed friend on the first day.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Monday, September 1, 2008
Another photo of the Cuteness. He was not happy that we had to hike .2 miles to get there.
The fam using the timer on my terrible little camera.