Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 A Year in Review

As promised, the answers to the Year End Reflections.  This wasn't as easy to accomplish as I thought it would be.

10 Highlights: Accomplishments, best memories
  1. Zach took me on a hike up in the mountains for my birthday.  It was so nice to be able to spend time just us, visiting about our hopes and dreams for the next year or two.
  2. Having my parents stay the night when they come to town to go to the temple.  We have had fun playing games and visiting.  And the boys love waking up to seeing Grammy and Grandpa at our house.
  3. Theron and Darla took us to Tuscon to go play at Breakers Water Park.  Despite James teething fever we all had a grand ol' time.
  4. Joining the Flikr Iron Crafter group, and actually getting some of my projects done.  It has been nice having the motivation to be creative.
  5. Working on our family motto/mission statement with Zach.  We have been using The Art of Manliness' guide to creating a family mission statement.  It has sparked a lot of deep conversations about who we want to be as a family.  How we want to raise the boys.  It has helped us get to know each other much better.  I plan to blog about the process when we have our mission statement finished.
  6. I made an excellent group of friends, all with kids my kids age.  For me that is a biggie.  I have always been the one to stand back and wait for others to approach me for anything social.  Because I have been able to step out of my comfort zone I have been blessed with some amazing women to befriend.  
  7. I was consistently walking a mile about three times a week for about two months.  I am proud of the fact I kept "showing up for myself" when I really didn't want to go out and walk.  The last month and a half' holidays and schedules temporarily halted the walking, but I plan on starting up again in the next week.
  8. During the summer I read 15+ books in a month and a half.  (The house did get neglected, and I rarely went to bed at a decent time...)  It had been several years since I let myself read more than just the occasional book, and it felt good to binge read so many books.  (Well it felt good mentally... physically, with the lack of sleep, not so much)
  9. I finally found a simple cleaning routine that I like, that is easy to keep up with.
  10. Wyler is finally potty trained!!
10 Disappointments: Failures, missed opportunities
  1. Weight gain... nuff said
  2. I stopped walking with my friends, and I can feel a difference.  I just don't feel as good physically or mentally when I don't get up and move regularly.
  3. I didn't live as intentionally with my boys as I should have.  I didn't go out to the park/outside with them as much as they would have liked.  I used the electronic baby sitter (aka tv) way more than I would have liked.
  4. And to go along with number 3, I spent way to much time on computer
  5. My attempt at selling pumpkin bread failed.
  6. Despite having a great cleaning routine, I still failed at my housekeeping goals.
  7. I have barely used my sourdough starter for the past 4-6 months.
  8. Zach and I watched too much tv in the evenings, instead of working on our projects/goals/talking with each other.
  9. We didn't get our family pictures taken.
  10. I didn't do anything with Montessori because I was too lazy/afraid to try.
3 Game Changers: Unexpected events that shifted your priorities
  1. I made a great group of friends.  Because of them my kids have friends their age.  I went out walking.  I actually have some what of a social life now.
  2. I discovered Matt Stone and DaNelle Wolford, and they changed my ideas of healthy eating.
  3. I won a Kindle Fire in the library's summer adult reading contest.  It was a game changer that wasn't that great for me at first.  It was another form of computer for me to spend way to much time on.  It took longer than it should have for me to realize I was spending waaayyy to much time on the computer.  For awhile I was seriously considering giving it away.  Now the Kindle is a great tool for me to use.
3 Things You Focused On: What you put the most of your time into
  1. I have been working on cutting out processed foods.  I am trying to get us to where we eat good, wholesome, natural foods.
  2. Unfortunately Pinterest and Facebook.  I could spend hours on Pinterest.
  3. Thanks to the Iron Crafter I got back into crafting/creating more regularly.  It feels nice to accomplish something creative.  I would get into a rut/funk and just not want to do anything productive.  But with the Iron Crafter challenges I would get my house work done so that I could work on a fun project.  It helped pull me out of my funks.
3 Things You Forgot: What you didn't get around too
  1. For the past 4-6 months I forgot about my sourdough starter.  It was fed maybe once a month (it's a wonder it is still alive...)
  2. At the beginning of the year I decided that I wanted to do an old fashioned/simplified Christmas (home made as much as I could, focusing on giving to others and the not the gimme gimme mentality).  By the time December rolled around I realized I didn't have much time to get things made (I was pretty busy the first two weeks).  Maybe next year...
  3. I have been pretty awful at keeping in touch with family members (Brigham, Nina, Marquette, Diedre, Grandparents).  I follow them all on Facebook, so it kinda feels like I kept in touch, but not really.  There is a difference between casual following on Facebook, and actual good conversations/letters.
Reflection: How Does this inform your plans for next year?

  • In 2015 I plan to live more intentionally.  I plan to be more intentional with housekeeping.  Intentional with raising and teaching my boys.  Intentional in studying and learning the scriptures and the prophets instead of just passively reading/listening to them.  In short, I am not going to be so passive.
  • I am going to strive to eat better, sleep better, and move more.  I am going to focus on living more healthily.
  • I plan to read a good book every now and then.  I need to be sure to exercise my brain along with my body.
  • I am going to continue to create often.  I am planning on continuing with the Iron Crafter to help give me inspiration/ideas on what to work on next.
  • I am going to spend less time with electronics, and more time in the real world with those I love.
  • This year I plan to serve others more, and focus less on myself.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Year End Reflections

In just a couple of days 2014 will be over.  Everyone will be setting their New Year's Resolutions.  Making plans for what they hope to accomplish during the next year.

I've tried the who New Year's Resolutions thing before.  I've tried just a couple simple goals.  A couple years I tried the 50-101 things to do in a year list.  And each year I either forget about my goals by the middle of the second month, or something happens that makes me alter/change/drop my goals.  By the end of the year I feel like nothing much was accomplished.  Another year wasted.

While perusing Pinterest the other day I came across this:

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I am looking forward to answering these to help me see what I've accomplished.  To see that while I didn't meet the specific goals I set at the beginning of the year I still managed to do a great deal.

I'll post my answers on New Year's Eve.  I'd love to see your Year End Reflections.  You can either answer this in the comments or post a link to your blog.  (I have no idea how put a link up thingy here...)

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Toddler Head Banging

I just tucked the boys into bed, turn out the lights, and close the bedroom door behind me.  The house is finally quiet and calm.  Just as I sit on the couch next to Zach a steady "bang, bang, bang" comes from the boys room.  I get up and go look in on the boys.  James, 19 months, is sitting with his back against the closet door, banging his head into it.  I put him in bed, go back out to the living room, and before I can even sit down again the banging starts again.  And it lasts anywhere from 5 - 30 or so minutes.

And this has been going on for months.  Close to a year, with a short 2-3 month break in the middle there.  It started in the playpen.  He would literally rock himself to sleep, but if I tried to rock him to sleep he wouldn't sleep at all.  When we moved him to his floor mattress (he absolutely hated his crib, so we threw the mattress on the floor and he loves it) it temporarily stopped.  After a few months it slowly started to happen again, only this time he didn't have the soft flexible sides of the play pen.  He had hard walls to bang on.  The last 2 - 3 months it has gotten worse.  He will bang his head on the wall until he falls asleep and slumps over onto his side.  If he is lucky he is awake enough to crawl to his bed.

Ok so this wasn't taken after a head banging episode, but it is an example of his barely being in bed asleep... flip him around so his head in in bed and that is as close as he gets after banging his head to sleep.

We didn't know what to do about it.  We knew it was his way of soothing himself, and releasing any pent up energy for bed.  But we weren't sure what to do, other than stopping him when he starts banging so hard it sounds like he's going to punch a hole in the wall.

About a week ago Zach finally looked it up online.  (Why didn't I think to do that sooner?)  According to pretty much the whole first page of Google's search "toddler bangs head on wall" it is a soothing/attention getting/pain coping mechanism.  20% of all toddlers do this, with boys being 3 times more likely to do it than girls.  And it peaks between 18 - 24 months.  

One of the suggestions was to provide some sort of soothing rhythm to serve as an alternative to head banging.  Rocking, massage, music, metronome, etc.  We tried turning on classical music for him, but it didn't slow him down one little bit.  I finally downloaded a metronome app on my Kindle and put that right outside his door.  As soon as I turned it on the head banging stopped.  Didn't happen all night.  Same thing the next night.  Then that next morning when he woke up at 5:50 and started banging his head I turned it on again.  Within about 2 minutes the banging stopped.  It has been amazing how just having that rhythmic clicking is enough for him.  It totally soothes and comforts him.  

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The thing about James is that he has always loved rhythm.  He loves music, especially when it has a good strong rhythm to it.  The has been thumping rhythms on tables and boxes since he turned about 1.  When I think about it, it doesn't surprise me at all that the metronome comforts him at night.  But I was amazed at how simple a solution it was.  I found the faster he is banging his head the faster the metronome needs to be going, so I can't just leave it on the same setting every single night. 

If you have a head banger I suggest trying something similar.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

A fun, yet relaxing weekend...

Halloween night the boys didn't want to dress up, so I put them in "farmer" clothes (so they could match farmer Dad).  We then went and visited/partied with Papa Theron (Grandma Darla was out with her mom).  The boys didn't even realize they missed out on getting candy.  They were to thrilled with seeing Papa and playing with the train set.





Sunday, November 1st was a cool, rainy day.  The boys were about to go nuts cooped up in the house (they were trying to figure out how to turn their beds into slides and jungle gyms). So we decided to head to the park.  Which is covered, lucky for us. While they played Zach and I got to watch the rain and enjoy the thunder.


He couldn't figure out how to go any high than that, thankfully.



Thursday, October 30, 2014

Pumpkin Business

Today I thought it would be fun to carve a jack-o-lantern.  Most years I have several carved by now (Oct. 30).  I guess I'm slacking. Wyler saw me setting up to carve the pumpkin and was instantly interested.  "What you doing Mommy?"

 I showed him pictures of jack-o-lanterns and let him pick a face to carve.  He picked this face and dubbed it scary

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We pulled chairs up to the table and cut into the pumpkin.  When it was time to pull the seeds and guts out Wyler dove right in.  (Last year as soon as he touched the slimy innards he took off begging for me to wash his hands.)  He utilized his "seed crane", which is basically his hand but with awesome heavy equipment sounds to go along with it.  After it was gutted he eagerly watched me carve the face he picked out.  On the back of the pumpkin I caved a W for Wyler, since he was an awesome helper.

We then washed the seeds, and roasted them.  I combined these two different recipes.


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I boiled the seeds in salt water, then tossed them in oil and BBQ sauce.  We then roasted them for about 15 minutes.  Not sure exactly how they turned out, since they are still to hot to eat (and this is pretty much my first time eating pumpkin seeds I'm gonna wait till Zach is home to try them and pass his verdict).

Here are the end result of our projects:





Wyler was pretty excited to be my pumpkin helper today.  Though it was pretty tiring work.  We had to take a chocolate milk break when we were done.



And to top it all off I now have something to enter into Pinstrosity's Monthly Challenge!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Busy, Busy, Busy in October

While I was doing the Answer Me This questions I was posting pretty regularly.  But boy have I fizzled out since that ended...

This month has been pretty busy.  Every Saturday we have had something going on.

The first Saturday and Sunday we had General Conference, which was amazing.  I have been enjoying listening to the talks again.  You can listen to it here.

The next weekend my folks came and spend the night Friday night.  Also it was the Graham County Fair.  We went to the fair Saturday morning while my folks went to the temple.  We then all met up at R&R Pizza for lunch.  Then headed home for some more visiting before they had to take off.  We then went back that night so Wyler could ride a few rides.

After going to the county fair we went by Grandmama Darla and Papa Theron's house.  Wyler made a beeline for the back room and the bag of cars.  They boys sat here and played for a good long while while the adults made hamburgers.




Around that same time Grandma Darla brought over some Halloween balloons for the boys.  They lasted a surprisingly long time.  A few days later Wyler came running down the hall from his bedroom with the balloons.  I don't know what Frankenstein did wrong, but Wyler put him in time out.  And he was there for a good couple hours.   

He was put in time out again the next day, but only for an hour at most...

The next weekend we went to Animas to visit Grammy Paralee and Grandpa Scott for a cousin's baby shower.  We had a grand time visiting.  Wyler found some sunglasses in the toy box and stuck them on the head just like Grandmama Darla wears her sunglasses.


And James absolutely loved the dogs.  It is a good thing Angie is so patient with little kids.


Just last week I started going down to the Easter Arizona College to walk the track around the football field (no sidewalk + living on a busy street = me not wanting to try to walk near my place).  Several friends met us there and we had a wonderful time visiting and running after our kids.  Sadly one of my friends sliced her leg on a bench she ran into... so no walking for her until next week... hopefully.


The next day (a Saturday) I got to get a visit from my parents again, and I also went to a Relief Society crafting day.

On top of all that I have decided to take on the project of making and selling pumpkin bread to try to save up for Christmas.  So far I haven't had many orders.  I hope it picks up soon though.  Otherwise I am not quite sure what to do with my 5 pie pumpkins...


What has your month been like?

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Dipped Pine Cones



Back in February we went up the mountain with Jessica and Porter Webb to play in the snow.  While up there (right below the snow line) Jessica and I found some really cute small pinecones.  I took a bunch home with me to use for a Christmas craft at some point this year.

Shortly after getting them home I baked the bugs out of them, and put them in my big clear vase until I could decide what to do with them.

Fast forward to last week.  After perusing Pinterset for a good while I finally decided I wanted to dip my pinecones.  What to do with them after that I am still at a loss.

I spread some paper out on my table and plopped a chair on top of that.  I then tied about 20 cones to the bottom of the chair.  I took a paper cup, with the top half cut off, and filled it with paint.  I then proceeded to dip the bottom of the cones in the paint.  I let them dry and then cut them down.  The next night I did about 20 more (I've been doing this at night since I don't want my 3 year old and 1.5 year old helping...)  I still have one more batch to do tonight. 

The lighting in my dining room is annoyingly bad, so I had to bring in another lamp so I could see.  So that is why the lighting in the pictures is really off.




Monday, September 1, 2014

Tuscon Adventures and Answer Me This: The Final

I'm still here! I haven't dropped off the face of the earth... I have been working on spending less time on social media, and by doing so I haven't had much opportunities to write anything.

This past weekend Theron and Darla treated us to a trip to Tuscon to play at Breakers Water Park. Unfortunately I didn't get any pictures. The first afternoon in town we got a bike for Zach so he can start biking to work and class.  We then went to dinner with Theron and Darla to In and Out. I'd heard of their secret menu, so I looked it upon the way over.  Their fries ordered Animal Style are pretty yummy. I'm going to have to make them here at home. (Fries, sauteed onions, Thousand Island dressing on the fries or burgers).

The next morning we headed to the water park. Poor James had a fever that day (found out the next day it was from teething)  he just got to sit back and chill, munching on fruit. Wyler however was having a blast playing in the water, snacking, going down water slides, playing in the sand/gravel, splashing....  At one point Zach and I took him up one of the big water slides, one you need an inner tube to go down.  I was worried he would be scared at first, but as soon as we mentioned a big slide he was excited. He was trying to get into the tube to go by himself before Zach could get in. He loved it. "Go down again, please!" Then the wave pol... loads of giggle each time he almost got knocked over with each wave.

 3 hours, and some sunburns later, we headed back to the hotel to clean up.  Then it was on to Texas Road House for dinner. By then James was back to normal, and was a hoot to watch during dinner. He loved the hot rolls. So much so that if I took to long to tear off several bites for him he would get rather frustrated and let me know he was not happy waiting.

After dinner we came back home and slept in our own beds.  And that ended the weekend adventures.


While Answe Me This is technically over I still haven't answered the last batch of questions I shared several weeks ago.  So here we go:

1. What’s your favorite thing on YouTube?

Lately I have been loving Good Mythical Morning with Rhett and Link. 

2. Who taught you to drive?

My parents mostly. I finished off my permit with my Uncle Jeff and Aunt Denise Richins. 

3. What’s your favorite thing to cook?

Cookies, cakes and such. Though I guess that is technically baking...

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

I am a hugger. One of my main love languages is touch, so I naturally, physically, reach out to those I care about. 

5. Where do you pray best?

Usually by my bed, right before bed. I am least likely to be interrupted at that time. If not by my he'd then in the shower. 

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

I saw my Grandma Sharon probably a month ago. And my Payne Grandparents... back in June I think. At the Lordsburg Ward swim party. 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Iron Crafter: Embellish

This latest round of the Iron Crafter challenge was Embellish.

Several months ago I took an old wooden wine box, found at a garage sale a year or two before, and painted it green with a couple white stripes.  However I felt it wasn't done yet, but I didn't know what else it needed.  And I wasn't sure what to use it for.  So it has sat collecting dust until a week ago.


I was searching Pinterest for ideas, and found some great quotes about crafting.  A few minutes later as I was in the garage changing the laundry over I saw the box waiting for me to finish it.  It hit me... There was enough room on the lid for a fun quote and other embellishment along the white lines, that looked like ribbons.  And it was the perfect size, and had three compartments in it, to hold all my ribbon!  Yay!



So I decided on a quote, wrote it on the lid, and then let it sit for a few days trying to decide how else to embellish it.



While digging in my messy craft/storage room I came across some silk daisies.  However I couldn't find my hot glue gun.  I did find the superglue.  That should work out just as well right?  After I placed the flowers where I wanted them I held them in place for about 30 seconds to help them stay where I wanted them while the glue set up.  I pulled back... and the daisies left the box attached to my fingers.  Luckily they came off easily under running water.  I went back to the box, pulled three new blossoms off the stems, and tried again.  Thankfully I didn't attach myself to the project once more.


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?