Saturday, October 25, 2008

My Little Shrimp Loves Shrimp

Even though we did this last night as well (see post below), it deserves its own post. We went to Red Lobster last night for dinner because we are shrimp fanatics and they are having their "endless shrimp" fest right now. Hannah ate EIGHTEEN shrimp all by herself.....and she wanted more (or "myrr", as she likes to say) but I had to say no because she had also eaten a biscuit, a lot of my salad, 2 or 3 mushrooms stuffed with lobster, and a few bites of my steak. She ate more shrimp than my mother-in-law did. I was afraid that she was going to barf. I just couldn't believe it. I wasn't really introduced to shrimp until I met my husband, so the fact that my daughter is in love with shrimp scampi is amazing to me. My family is not really big into sea food, but I've certainly become a fan since I met my husband (although I'm still having a hard time with fish, but I like shell fish). Anyway, Hannah is definitely her daddy's daughter!

Hee Haw: It's Officially A Tradish

Last night we went to Hee Haw farms! We also went last year with Hannah, so I think that we are going to try to make it a tradition until we leave good old Utah County. My mo-in-law is visiting this week as well, which is always fun. Hannah loves Grandma Julia so much! We were able to go to Hee Haw Farms last year with her, too, so maybe we'll have to make it a tradition that she is up here every October to go with us! I really love this little place. It's perfect for younger children. Hannah LOVED it! Here are our pics:

A huge improvement from last year. Hannah was terrified of these goats last year. This year she actually let them lick some food out of her hand.

The pig above is Leroy. I think the name fits him. He's the biggest pig I've ever seen.
Hannah grew a whole head and neck since last year! What a big girl!

This is the corn box. After having a corn fight with Hannah and Scott, all of us had corn in places that shouldn't have corn in them. Scott and I found corn in our bed this morning. Nice.

Hannah and Grandma Julia above

They also had a big hay trampoline

and a train ride
and free pony rides (which was kind of ghetto because it was just a young girl controlling the horse. The horse started to gallop a few times which led us to have to run beside it so that Hannah didn't fall off).

and a big slide.

There were many more activities as well, but I won't post all of them. They also have a pumpkin patch there, but their pumpkins are kind of lame so we bought some from Albertsons today. I love Halloween time!!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

It's Tagging Season Again....and I've Got Two


7 things I can do:

1. Play piano (kind of)

2. Eat good food until I'm about to explode

3. Read Twilight series in about 2 weeks (probably faster if I didn't have a child to watch)

4. Dance

5. laugh at myself

6. watch The Office series over and over again

7. a back or front flip on the trampoline

7 Things I can't do:

1. sing well.

2. draw well....yeah, I draw like a 5 year old.

3. fit my hips in a tiny chair- these suckers are huge.

4. drive to unfamiliar places without getting anxiety.

5. become a vegetarian.

6. a back or front flip on the ground.

7. swim in the ocean without worrying about sharks.

7 things that attracted me to Scott. (ah, only seven!)

1. his eyes. seriously seriously, blue. (Keeping a few of these the same as Cori's)

2.his spirituality. I've always liked the good boys.

3. his sense of humor.

4. The Spanish accent that he had right off the mish.

5. his booty. (which I never saw until AFTER we were married, but jeans hint enough)

6. His ability to remember things well. He has a very sharp mind.

7. How much he loved and adored me.

7 things I say most:

1. Oh my gosh.

2. Boo. I'm gonna get you.

3.No!!!!! (At the top of my lungs)

4. You are cute.

5. I love you.

6. Hannah! (Often said in an annoyed voice because she's done something naughty)

7. Can I have a kiss?

7 People I admire most


2.My mom and dad

3.President Hinckley

4. President Monson

5. Jesus Christ

6. My sisters and bro

7. Anyone who stands up for what is right despite the fact that they might lose friends over it.

7 favorite foods

1. mashed potatoes smothered in turkey gravy

2. a juicy steak with A1

3. pasta- (Macaroni + Hunts Tomato Sauce + Parm cheese = Crazy Delicious)

4. boneless buffalo wings (mmmmmm)

5. anything with peanut butter and chocolate in it

6. pizza- any kind, but my favorite is combination

7. blueberry cheesecake ice cream

7 people to tag

1. Kerrie
2. Jen
3. Mom
4. Wendi (you need to update your blog, girl!)
5. Kate
6. Leslie
7. Alene

and anyone else who wants to do it.

Since Alene told me about her tag in her last comment, I'll do that one as well.

10 things I would do to change someone's life (I didn't do anyone in particular...just someone who is in need):
1. teach him or her about the gospel
2. give him or her money
3. pay for an education
4. give him or her a makeover
5. encourage and exercise with someone who needs to lose weight
6. adopt a child who has suffered in foster homes
7. befriend someone who is lonely
8. try to lift someone's self esteem by giving compliments
9. teach someone who is illiterate to read and write
10. bring over a meal to someone that might need it

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Celeb Fest

Last Friday Hannah and I went to Thanksgiving Point for their "Scarecrow Festival" with my sisters and their kids. Around noon we decided to eat lunch on a picnic bench by the Information Center. While eating our lunch, we noticed a REALLY tall guy behind the info booth. I don't mean kind of tall, like 6 feet and some odd inches. I mean FREAKISHLY tall- like 7 feet 6 inches. Kind of a rude word to use, but let's face it, he's a freak. No, I'm kidding, he's just ginormous. Anyway, we also noticed that people were coming up to him, asking to take their picture with him. We knew that he must be a famous basketball player because he's just huge and I really don't think that he could be famous for anything else. Football? Na, you really can't run that fast being so tall. Baseball?, the pitcher probably couldn't even throw the baseball that high when he was up to bat. An actor? Yeah, right. His head would be cut off in every camera shot while standing in the same room with shorter actors. Yeah....he's definitely a basketball player. But which one?

Anyway, none of us knew who he was, so we asked. If you're not big into basketball or you've never gone to the Taco Bell next to BYU and seen his posters hanging up, then you probably don't know who he is either. This is Shawn Bradly, who played at BYU and then went on to play for the Philly 76ers and the Dallis Mavericks (NBA). Look at how iddy biddy Hannah looks in his arms.

** On a side note, I've seen more somewhat famous people (in their daily lives, not in concerts/games) in Utah than I ever did living in CA. I think I saw Arnold Shwarz once in Cali driving his hummer when I was little but I also lived in Sac town, which is not really known for booming with celebs. Here I've helped Gary Coleman (who would look really funny standing next to Shawn Bradly) at Staples several times and seen Donny and Marie Osmond and now Shawn Bradly.

Anyway, the reason for this post was not really to talk about Shawn Bradly, but as I was watching him throughout lunch and a little bit afterward, I realized something: I don't ever want to be famous. Sure, I wouldn't mind looking like this:

But I certainly don't want their lifestyles. I felt bad for Shawn. He kept trying to eat his lunch and people (including us- hey I'm not going to miss a chance to get a photo with someone famous) kept coming up to him, asking him for pictures. He was so polite, too. I am such a private person and this would truly get annoying to me, and he's not even a real celebrity. I can't imagine what it would have been like if Britney Spears were there eating her lunch. There is nothing private about being a celeb. You can't even go out in public without people constantly coming up to you asking for pictures and autographs. This is something that I just don't think I would be able to handle. I wonder if this is why some celebs just can't take it and end up in rehab or killing themselves. What a hard life. I know that there are many who don't end up this way, though, and good for them. Some people would be great celebrities, and it would be great for them to share their talents with the world. But for me, I am just so grateful that I have the life that I have. My private life. And I can sit at Thanksgiving Point, eating my sack lunch, without people constantly interrupting me to take my picture.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Hooray For Family!

This weekend was a blast! My entire immediate family was here besides my brother. I have one sister that flew in from North Carolina, one from Arizona, and parents that drove from California. Everyone left either yesterday or Sunday besides my sister from NC, who will be here for another week (hip hip hooray!). I have a few pics from this weekend, mostly from Hannah's birthday. We were going to do a Disney theme, but I decided to do a flower/fairy theme for her birthday since I have a really cute cook book for fairy treats.

Here's my little fairy on her birthday

We went over to my sister's house to have dinner, open presents, and eat cake. Above is Hannah about ready to open her presents. Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who sent her a gift or a greeting (even if you wrote a comment on my last post). She loved them ALL!

Hannah with her cousins Sienna, Kamrie, and Allie

Here is one of the treats that I made. It's supposed to be a dragonfly fairy wand. It was basically chocolate covered pretzels, and it tasted delish! There's just somthing extremely scrumtuos about sweet and salty mixed together.
These are tiny little cupcakes that we made for the kids to eat. I let Hannah decorate most of them with sprinkles, butterflies, and flowers.

Hannah ready to blow out the candles

Here is a video of us singing to her:

Ok, I promised that I wouldn't post the above picture but I lied. It's the only one I have of all of my family. We had a date night with just adults, which was very pleasant. We went to Olive Garden and got the all-you-can-eat pasta bowls. I couldn't even finish my first bowl. By the time the second one came around I was ready to puke up spaghetti all over the place. Bleh!
I am posting the above picture despite the fact that you could pack the bags under my eyes and use them as suitcases. I look very tired in this pic. Oh well. This is me with my 3 sisters and my mom.

Hannah and Si Si above
This is Hannah with the present that Scott and I got her. We got her a little table with chairs and a tea set. She loves them! She has to eat breakfast there every morning. If you look closely, you can see the sugar stains on my walls from when I made peach jam. Gross. I swear I tried to clean it off but it looks like it's still plastered on there.

Anyway, it was a GREAT weekend. I love having my family in town!

Monday, October 06, 2008

Happy Birthday To My Baby!

On Friday it's my baby's birthday. She will be two, and I figured that I would write her a tribute now because I don't know if I will have time later on in the week. I love this little girl so much. I never thought that I could love someone the way that I love her (of course I love my husband just as much, but in a different way). She makes me laugh. She's made me cry. She's made me angry (often, actually) and happy and glad and proud. Her smile is sweet. Her laugh is contagious. Her spirit is vibrant. She is perfect. I would not trade motherhood for ANYTHING in the world. I feel like I somewhat know how our Heavenly Father feels about us, although I'm sure that he loves us even more than I love my daughter, which is hard to believe. My goal is to show and tell her that I love her as often as I can so that she never doubts it.

I created a little video for Hannah as a tribute to her for her birthday. I want to cry every time I watch it because she truly brings me so much joy. Here's to you, my Little Miss. Happy Birthday!

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Family Pictures

Last night my bro-in-law took some family pictures of us. He did it with our camera, so the pictures don't exactly look professional, but they were free. He's a great photographer, though, and I think that he got a few good shots. These are not really edited, so maybe one day when I figure out how to use our editing program, I can make them look a bit more professional.

P.S. Yes I am writing this blog during conference. I'm a multitasker:)