Sunday, July 20, 2014

Answer Me This: Kitchen Aid Necklace, Quilts, and Senses

An another round of Answer Me This!  I promise I'll try to post something other than Answer Me This soon...

1. What’s something you've won and how did you win it?

I won an online "baking" contest.  My prize was some cute cupcake liners, and a kitchen aide necklace.  Even though the blogger who hosted it called it a baking contest I guess it was really a recipe contest.  You just send in one of your favorite recipes, then she sent them to her friends and family for them to make and grade.  I tied for first place.  Funny thing is, I don't remember which recipe I submitted.


Exactly like the necklace I won.  I'm pretty sure I found they Etsy shop it came from... at least the shop name is very familiar.  Charmtopia

2. Do you save old greeting cards and letters, or throw them all away? Why?

For a long time I kept all the cards and letters I got.  I have a bunch in a box somewhere.  The fun ones to read are the ones between me and a couple cousins when we were maybe 8.


Not my box of letters.  Mine is buried in our spare bedroom somewhere...
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3. When you’re at home, do you wear shoes, socks, slippers, or go barefoot?

I am not a big fan of shoes.  I like to go barefoot whenever I can.


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4. Who’s the most famous person you have ever met? 

One of our church leaders, Elder Jeffery R. Holland.  He came to Duncan to speak to the youth in our stake (a collection of wards/congregations) when I was about 12.


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5. What has been your best work of art?

My best work of art has been... umm.... gee I don't know.  I don't consider myself artistic.  I guess it would be the mystery quilt I made for Wyler a couple of years ago.




6.  What’s your strongest sense?

I don't really have one that is stronger than the others.  I guess touch would be it.


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Next weeks questions:


1. What’s your favorite thing on YouTube?

2. Who taught you to drive?

3. What’s your favorite thing to cook?

4. Are you a hugger or a non-hugger? Why?

5. Where do you pray best?

6. When is the last time you saw/spoke to your grandparents?


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Answer Me This: Names, Mom, and Hot Chocolate

Answer Me This time!!

1. How did you get your name?

I was named after two amazing women, my Grandma Carolyn and Grandma Ruth. 

2. Do you have a set time for prayer in your day?

I pray every night, and try for every morning but unfortunately I miss more than not. I try to pray before meals, and any other time in between that I could use God's help or to thank him for help given. And I make sure to pray with the boys every night before they go to sleep.
3. Did your mom work or stay home (or both)?

She was/is a stay at home mom. I loved knowing she was there if something went wrong at school she could come, that she would he there waiting for us when we got home from school.  I remember a time when I was in the second or third grade I got sick at school. The school couldn't get ahold of my mom (she was gone to town shopping) so I had to go home with a relative. I remember that mom not being able to come really bothered me, and from that day on I knew I wanted to be a stay at home mom, just like mine. 

4. Do you vote?

I do vote. It is a right/privilege that men lost their lives to get and protect for us. Also if you don't vote you don't have the right to complain about whom ever is in office. 

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5. What's your favorite drink?

Hot chocolate.  Sadly it doesn't get cold for very long here, so I have a limited amount of time when I can actually enjoy it, since I don't want to drink something hot when it is in the 100's outside.
6. How are your photography skills?

Good enough to point and shoot day to day life. Not good enough for anything else.

Next weeks questions are:

1. What’s something you've won and how did you win it?

2. Do you save old greeting cards and letters, or throw them all away? Why?

3. When you’re at home, do you wear shoes, socks, slippers, or go barefoot?

4. Who’s the most famous person you have ever met? 

5. What has been your best work of art?


6.  What’s your strongest sense?

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Answer Me This: Blogging, Theft, and Earthquakes

Time for Answer Me This again!

1. Have you ever walked out of a movie?

When I was 12 I went with a cousin and her mom to see Bringing Down the House.  I don't remember much about that movie.  I just remember at one point Steve Martin was drunk and upset his wife was leaving him and the housekeeper (I think....) was telling him he needed to grab his wife by the breasts and tell her he loved her and wanted her to stay.  At least I think that's what she told him to say.  We were busy walking out at that point.

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2. What do you most often use for blogs and blogging: desktop, laptop, tablet, or phone?

I use my desktop computer since blogging from my phone is a pain in the patootie.

3. Have you ever had anything stolen from you?

I had the back and front doors of the apartment we lived in wide open.  It was a beautiful day, and I figured why not let it in.  I had my purse hanging on the doorknob of the bedroom, which was in the middle of the apartment.  I was sitting at the computer 10 feet away.  Someone sneaked in through the back door and made off with my purse.  While at the same apartment Zach had tie down straps and a few other things stolen from the back of his truck.


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4. Do you identify as a member of a particular ethnic group? 

White.  I am whiter than mayonnaise.  If I try to tan I turn cherry red, then peel back to white.


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5. Do you abstain from meat on Fridays?

No.  But I do want to cut back on the amount of meat we eat.  Any good meatless (and tomato less) meal suggestions?

6. Seen anything weird lately?

Seen? No.  Felt oh ya.  Last Saturday night I got to experience my first ever earthquake.  The epicenter was roughly 45 miles away, and registered at 5.2.  It was felt from Las Cruses to Tuscon and Phoenix.  It was pretty creepy, since we never get any here.

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Next weeks questions are
1. How did you get your name?

2. Do you have a set time for prayer in your day?

3. Did your mom work or stay home (or both)?

4. Do you vote?

5. What's your favorite drink?

6. How are your photography skills?

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Answer Me This: Public Transportation, Roller Coasters, and Allergies

1. How often do you take public transportation?

Living in a small town in the middle of nowhere there isn't really any public transportation.  Which means I never use public transpiration... unless using the school bus when I was a kid counts


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2. How many cousins do you have?

On my Mom's side there are 27 cousins
On my Dad's side there are 28 cousins and 9 step-cousins
Which makes a grand total of 64
Just don't ask me to figure out how many including spouses and their kids and so forth.  Because I know that for at least my Dad's side it would put me at 100+.


This is my Mom's side of the family.  It was taken when I was maybe 6.  There are over 80 of us now.  (I'm on the bottom row, 5th from the left.)

I'd include the most recent picture of my Dad's side of the family, but I'll need to track down someone who has a copy of it.  But at that reunion (8 or more years ago) there were 111 people there, with some still missing.

3. Have you ever fired a gun?

Yes, I have got to go shooting with cousins and friends on several occasions.  Though my aim is pretty off, I have fired a gun, and would like to learn to shoot better.




4. Do you ride roller coasters?

Want to, so I could at least say I've been on one.  But there isn't one near me so...

I've made a ton on Roller Coaster Tycoon, does that count?


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5. What's your favorite flower?

Daisy!  I love the pretty, simple white and yellow daisy.  Not the biggest fan of the crazy color daisies.


Zach gave me these the night of our first date.

6. Are you allergic to anything?

Penicillin, amoxicillin, exercise, dieting, and health food in general ;-)


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**Update**
Once again I forgot to add next weeks questions so you can play along too!

1. Have you ever walked out of a movie?

2. What do you most often use for blogs and blogging: desktop, laptop, tablet, or phone?

3. Have you ever had anything stolen from you?

4. Do you identify as a member of a particular ethnic group? 

5. Do you abstain from meat on Fridays?

6. Seen anything weird lately?

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Splash Pads, Tortoises, and Milk Bubbles

At the end of May the splash pad just down the road from us opened up.  I took the boys to go play there the evening it opened, and they were not happy with it.  James hated getting sprayed, and it was too reminiscent of the cold shower Wyler got for playing in his poop for the umpteenth time.  Every time we went to play on the play ground right next to the water I'd try to get the boys to play in the water as well.  It took several tries but they boys are starting to realize it is actually not too bad.

James venturing into the water, with no urging from mom

Brrr!  The water's cold!

This is actually kinda fun!

It's always better when you have friends to play with
It still takes coaxing to get them to play in the water, but they like it now.  James has no problem playing in the little splash in the above photo.  Anything else I have to stick him in the spray before he decides to play.  For just about any of the water features I have to plop Wyler down in the middle of one before he decides to run and play in the water.  Left to himself he would not go anywhere near the water, he'd rather slide all day long.

A month or so ago I also started to explore Discovery Park.  They boys especially love feeding the ducks on the pond.  Last time we were there the main building was closed while the workers took some people on a tour.  So we hung out in front of the building playing with tortoises before heading home.  (We'd already been by the pond for a good hour and a half, so it wasn't a wasted trip.)  James loved the tortoise and wanted to climb in with them, however Wyler shied away from them.  The only time he touched them was when he slipped in behind me and quickly tapped one on the shell.


Wyler has become interested in making funny faces... well making one funny face over and over.  After about 10 times in a row I find it hard to even pretend laugh.  Luckily James thinks it is hilarious no matter how many times Wyler does it.


Wyler got to participate in the last month of the Mommy and Toddler gymnastics class.  On the last day of class everyone got a medal.  For a few weeks the only time it left his neck was when taking a bath, or when I slipped it off after he fell asleep.  Another item that has become a permanent feature on Wyler is his hat.  It takes a bit of coaxing and explaining he will get to wear it again later if I need him to take it off, say for church.



Wyler also figured out the fun simple joy of blowing bubbles in his milk.  Now he won't even drink milk unless it is in his straw cup so he can blow bubbles at the same time.