Thursday, December 25, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
1. Put your iTunes/playlist on shuffle.
2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
3. YOU MUST WRITE THAT SONG NAME DOWN NO MATTER HOW SILLY IT SOUNDS!
What is your motto?
"When You're Gone"
What do your friends think of you?
"Don't Let Me Get Me"
What do you think about very often?
What is 2+2?
What do you think of your best friend?
"When You Say Nothing At All”
What do you think of the person you like?
"Joy To The World"
What is your life story?
"It's My Life"
What do you want to be when you grow up?
"Jesus Take the Wheel"
What do you think when you see the person you like?
"What's Left of Me”
What do your parents think of you?
"I'm Not Dead"
What will you dance to at your wedding?
What will they play at your funeral?
"Fall To Pieces"
What is your hobby/interest?
"Long Way to Happy"
What is your biggest secret?
What do you think of your friends?
"Take A Chance on Me"
What’s the worst thing that could happen?
How will you die?
"Over My Head"
What is the one thing you regret?
"We Built this City"
What makes you laugh?
What makes you cry?
"In The End"
Will you ever get married?
What scares you the most?
"The Sweet Escape"
Does anyone like you?
If you could go back in time, what would you change?
What hurts right now?
"Girl Nest Door"
What will you post this as?
K- that was fun! I was laughing the whole time!! Try it everyone, I want to read your answers!!
Monday, December 1, 2008
A lot of things have happened between now and then. It sometimes feels like I will never have a life without major upheavels or just enexpected twists all the time. Sometimes I just want plain and predictable. Oh well, not gonna happen. First off, we have actually gotten approval from the bank in regards to our offer on our house. They are doing the inspection on Tuesday and then if all goes well, are wanting to close on Friday. As of a week and a half ago, we had no offer and now in 2 weeks time it's almost finished. So ironic as it took the bank almost 4 months to approve the last 3 offers, which took so long that all our buyers backed out. Stupid bank actually admitted that they lost our file one time and missfiled it another time. No wonder the banks are suffering! Anyway, almost done with it, so that is good. One less thing to worry/think about.
Now, as I was getting ready for church, I realized that I wasn't going to even be at the ward party! Yeah!!! I am gonna be somewhere so much more fun! Bryan knew I wouldn't be there, but I totally forgot. This was planned over a year ago and I still forgot! I am too overwhelmed! Anyway, this is where I am gonna be: Wooohooo!!! How could I forget about it?!?!? In case you missed it, I am so excited! I will be going with my mom and sisters, so it will be so fun! Yeah for me!!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Jonathan and his friends- Kimberly in black and Lexie in the white. Cute girls!
Alex, Connor, Jolie, Jenna and Kaitlyn
Fine, One good Picture but that's it!
And Finally, My Favorite! Here's Proof that my teenager still likes me!
More proof: Jonathan wanted me to take him to the mall on Friday and I asked him if he wanted me to take him and his friends and just drop them off or if he would rather just him and I go. To my great surprise, he wanted to go with just me. He would have liked to had his dad come along, but he had to work. So we dropped off the rest of the kids with Aunt Leslie and Grandpa (Thanks, guys!) and we went shopping. He needed a new sweatshirt and we found a really cool one at Tilly's (so glad he has his own money!) and then we grabbed a bite to eat in the food court. While we were eating, he was telling me that at school he was excited to go shopping and told his friends he was happy to go to the mall with me. They were a bit surprised and asked him why he "wanted" to go with his mother. He said, "I like my mom, she is cool." His friend told him he hated his mom. Now, I tell him that is sad that his friend doesn't like his mother, but inside I am like, "Oh yeah! Woo hoo! My son still likes to hang out with me! I am cool!" Didn't realize I was cool, but I will take it! We had a great time and I am so glad we were able to go.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Last night we had our ward trunk or treat, it was a lot of fun. Bryan was working, but my friend Laurie and my Bro Todd and his wife Julie came so I had plenty of company. We were having a good time when Bryan sent me a text that he got off work early so he was able to come and hang out for the last half (the best half) of the night. We had pace painting, cake walks (Todd's kids scored like crazy!), carnival games, costume parade and the trunk or treat. My boys won the scariest costumes, they were matching skeletons, and we won a gift certificate to paradise bakery. Sounds like a gift for me!! Kaitlyn was dressed as a cheerleader and Jenna was Cinderella. My favorite costume in our family was Jon's. He borrowed Gerry's Michael Jackson jacket and was the King of Pop. It fit him perfectly. Cute! Then we were asked to judge the best decorated trunk for the trunk or treat. It was fun walking around actually paying attention to the decor and not just the people. We had a really good time! I needed it, too. I had talked to my old mortgage company right before the party and was really missing my old house. The party snapped me out of that funk.
Anyway, not a whole lot going on over here. Just the same day to blending day stuff. Do you ever forget what day it is because they all seem the same sometimes? Not necessarily a complaint, just an observation. Except Saturday and Sunday- I love the weekend! Just time with my man! Have a good weekend!
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Now, the funny side of today. Have you ever met Melissa Hooper? Apparently she is in my ward. Melissa Hooper was called to be a Primary Worker today. Oh wait, I am Melissa Hooper! Our bishop sustained me today as Melissa. I wasn't sure if it was actually me they were calling at first! I know our Bishop is such a good guy that I will let it pass. Someone was telling me I should give him a hard time about it, but I think he might actually feel bad about it if I point it out and it is not worth it. So, call me Michelle or Melissa. They are close, so I guess it doesn't really matter! lol!! I am excited to be back in Primary. I will be Kaitlyn's teacher and I am looking forward to it. I miss working with Marilyn in RS, but Primary is always where my heart has been. I love kids!
Anyway, have a good evening! We will- we are going to my brother Todd and and his wife Julie's for dinner and I don't have to cook! It will be fun, they are hilarious! See you!
Friday, October 10, 2008
Okay, for Jon I will do this RandomOlogy tag. Looks kinda fun. Here goes:
The Random "Ology" Tag :)
What is your salad dressing of choice? Olive Garden Italian
What is your favorite sit- down restaurant? Matta's and Olive Garden (I can't choose!)
What food could you eat every day for two weeks and not get sick of? ice cream
What are your pizza toppings of choice? lots of cheese
What do you like to put on your toast? egg yolk, yummy but sooo bad for you!
* TECHNOLOGY *
What is your wallpaper on your computer? my family was on it till the comp freaked out and now it is boring blue
How many televisions are in your house? 3
What color cell phone do you have? blue
Are you right or left handed? right
Have you ever had anything removed from your body? moles and babies
What is the last heavy item you lifted? tool box from my hubby's truck
Have you ever been knocked unconscious? only by medical professionals
* BULL CRAPOLOGY*
If it were possible, would you want to know the day you were going to die? NO WAY
Would you drink an entire bottle of hot sauce for $ 1000? YES
Last time you had a run- in with the cops? New Years Eve 3 years ago
What did you want to be when you grow/grew up? lots of things, but most often I wanted to be a lawyer working my way to a Supreme Court Judge and an Astronaut. Lofty dreams, huh! Then I realized that these careers would be so hard to do and be the mother I wanted to be.
Last person you talked to on the phone ? my hubby
Last person you hugged? my hubby
Holiday? Halloween, Christmas, 4th of July
Day of the week? Saturday (Why did Jon say Wednesday? What is good about a Wed?!?!)
Ok, that was kinda fun, so if anyone wants to do this tag, then consider yourself tagged!
Other stuff, Bryan has a job interview on Monday afternoon and it would be a step up for him right now. We are hoping and praying for a better job so he doesn't have to work 2 jobs. Anyway, I just found out we have fish in our pool at out old house. Interesting. The county puts them in to keep mosquitoes from breeding in the green water. Richard has been throwing in shock to keep it from getting horribly bad instead of just bad, but this will help a ton. (Thx, Richard!) Weird, huh. The fish will live for about 2 years. Kinda grosses me out, I guess our buyer will have to drain the pool now, but it is not my problem then. FYI, we still have a buyer on our house and have had one for almost 3 months. The bank is seriously ticking us off-my poor realtor has logged so many hours on the phone trying to get them to get their act together. So annoying. We are just waiting for the final approval and then its just signing the papers. So, we should only own the property for a couple weeks, but I am not holding my breath. That is what is going on in the house front. I know people have been curious.
We are going riding tomorrow with my parents. They 2 4-wheelers and bryan has a 3-wheeler and we have a 70 for the kids. Too bad Jons go kart doesn't work. We are excited to go and forget about everything but having fun together! Well, have a good weekend!
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Friday, October 3, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
To add insult to all of this stuff, Bryan tells me about an article on KTAR's website about how HUD is helping people keep their homes, even when they have already started foreclosure. I seriously doubt that would get us our home back, but the idea is so great. Just made us both sad, cause we want to go back to our home. This one is nice and all, but it is not our home. It really sucks sometimes! I keep thinking I need to be happy with what I have and find a way to have peace and bring a happy spirit into our home for my kids. That is so hard when I feel like my world has been shattered. I am trying, tho. I am making an effort to play and smile and laugh, even when I don't feel like it. My kids and my husband deserve that at the very least. So here I am putting on my happy face!!
This morning, Alex and Connor (the one I babysit) were fighting like cats and dogs (so not fun!) and I thought I would get them out of the house. We went on a nature scavenger hunt in our neighborhood. They loved it. We found pine cones, rocks, several different flowers and leaves and they got to fill up a bag to take home. It was a nice little adventure. Then when we got back, we took turns being a scary ghost and playing monster hide and seek. They had a blast! Now, they are taking a Dora break and are not fighting at all! Woo hoo! A moment to blog! That never seems to happen anymore! I have to be creative to keep these kiddos happy and entertained!
I was reading Sarah's blog this morning, so jealous of her scrapbook room, by the way. She has a plan for getting Christmas taken care of. I am so jealous of that too! I usually have quite a bit of that done already and I don't know how I am going to make that happen this year. How can I tell my kids that Santa can't afford to come this year? Especially when they think that now we have a chimney that Santa can get in easier now and that might make him happier?!? I am stressing out about it already! I know there is no way to duplicate what we did in the past, and I don't even expect to, but I just want to be able to give them something! Oh well, I have 2 1/2 more months to pray for a miracle! Somehow, it will be ok. There is nothing wrong with a small Christmas, in fact I think it is better. We will definitely be having a Christ centered Christmas. We have been moving in that direction the last few years, so this will just give us a shove that way, anyhow.
Well, those are my random thoughts for the day. Some happy, some sad, all of them true-unfortunately! Seriously, I hope everyone can find a moment to play/laugh/be silly with your family. They love it!
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
I have a headache that won't go away, Jon has a game tonight and Bryan has to be at YM tonight, so I am a bit overwhelmed- that and Connor and Alex are both awake and arguing over who wants their daddy most. I swear the level of competition between those two can get irritating! But, they do like each other, thank goodness! Gotta go and distract/redirect those two!
Just for Bryan and Jeremy: "Have a Better One!"
Friday, September 19, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
A wedding photo
Connor's birth (first one with a digital camera)
Bryan on a monkey bike!
Trip to Old Tucson in 2004
Scout Camp in 2006. Bryan loves being a part of scouts, especially when he gets to work with his own kid!
Mentos and Diet Coke. Thanks Mythbusters for giving us a really fun way to get sticky!
Halloween in 2007. Bryan loves to get into Halloween!
Connor's Baptism in 2008We all love you so much and want to wish you a Happy Birthday!
If we could, we would fix up your Chevelle until it looked like this! Until then, you can look at the picture instead!
Happy Birthday to our Main Man!
Thursday, September 11, 2008
I am excited about the new phone, tho. My dad said I can drop my other cell and use his as my primary phone. That is awesome cause I have to drop mine and Jon's anyway in order to save money each month. Jon is lucky that he has a cool grandpa hooper that sill let him join under his plan, provided jon does his yardwork and stuff. He is so grateful for that! Thanks to them both. Now I can email and all sorts of cool stuff!
The other frustrating thing was this morning I had to help Jonathan with our ward flag fundraiser. We actually got to the church at 6 and figured we would be home by 6:30. Um, no. We both got a 15 minute lecture on how this ward does things differently and just what we have to do and how he gets credit for doing it. We were like, please. We are not stupid and can figure it out. They think is is ran so well, whatever. Our route had wrong addresses (and we have no idea where the members live yet, so that was fun-not!) and there were individual instructions for each house as to where to stick the flag and to find the post. They were all wrong and were messed up. They had instructions for the houses all switched. This was taking all morning and I had to get back before the kids woke up (didn't happen tho). One of the men running it started to feel sorry for us and found us on our route and said. Oh, this route is all messed up. We were like, "You think? Really?!?!?!" We were so frustrated by the time we got home. I barely got the kids off to the bus- don't judge me on their hair today! That is when I realized that the phone switch that was supposed to happen at midnight didn't and spent the next 2 hours fighting with Alltell. ARRRGGGHHH!!
Then, I decide to make cinnamon rolls to sweeten the day (which I have had no problems with yet) and start an early dinner by throwing something in the crock pot. Yeah, right. I get the meat all thawed and all the stuff ready and I can't find the lid to the crock pot to save my life! Now I am like "ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME?" I can't even remember if I had used it in this house yet. So I search my kitchen up and down 3 times, I search the garage boxes and the DI pile twice. I search my china hutch just in case. Nothing. I am like, now what. I don't know how to make pulled pork without a crock pot! Fortunately, my sister, JoAnn will save the day and bring one over later. I think she is only coming to get my cinnamon rolls! But now my roast is in the fridge and will be cooked tomorrow. I have no idea what we will eat tonight. Maybe we will just have cinnamon rolls. Only kidding!
Now, I am telling all of you so you can share my frustration and help me laugh about it. Sometimes that is all you can do when nothing goes the easy way! I am really hoping that the rest of the day starts to go a bit more smoothly! Have more fun than me today!
Monday, September 1, 2008
We gave our talks yesterday and I will copy Leslie and Jeremy and post the text version of our talks below. I always change/tweak what I say vs what I write, so it will be a bit different. I think it went well, except for the fact that I was crying before I really got going. I am a baby, I admit it. It was a tough topic and I felt the Spirit so strong, that I knew it would happen- I am just glad I didn't have makeup running all down my face.
Thanks to everyone who came- my parents, Grandma Gurr, JoAnn and Saige, and Gerry! It was nice to have so much support!
I was so nervous, but I think I was wven more nervous to meet with the Bishop after church that day. He is helping our family right now. There was no reason to freak out, he is a very kind and gracious bishop. He made me feel like we are wanted and respected even with all our problems. I really appreciated that, it made things so much more bearable! So thanks to him and our ward. That is such an understatement, but Thanks so much!
Anyway, here is the talk minus the ending. I usually don't write one. I kinda make one up as I feel it, so you can make one up if you want! :>)
My name is Michelle Hooper. My husband, Bryan and I and our 5 children moved into the ward about one month ago. We are happy to be here, while the change has been a bit hard, the ward has been very accepting and gracious. You have all made us feel welcome and we really appreciate that.
Let me tell you all a little about ourselves. I was born in Florida and moved to Mesa when I was 2 and other than a year in Las Vegas, I have lived my entire life here in Mesa. My parents, Frank and Carolyn Standage have 7 children. I am the 5th. I have 3 older brothers, one older sister and two younger sisters. Some of you may know one of my brothers, Todd Standage, he and his wife Julie have been members of this ward for a few years. Although, when we moved in, we had no idea we would be in their ward. So it was a fun surprise. I grew up in Central Stake and graduated from Mountain View. My husband is a native of Arizona; he grew up in East Stake and also attended Mountain View. His parents Gerry Hooper and Eva Hooper have 5 children with Bryan being right in the middle. He has an older brother and sister and a younger brother and sister. Bryan served a mission to Fresno, CA. He really enjoyed his mission and I love hearing his stories from then. We met shortly after I graduated from High School, very shortly after. My family had just moved into his ward and he was one of the Young Single Adult Rep’s. He saw our family had 5 single adults at that time and called to invite us to a waterskiing activity. Well, Bryan and I talked on the phone for about 30 minutes. We started dating shortly after that and were inseparable ever since. We were engaged a month and a half after we met and married 3 months later. I like to joke that my family decimated the single adult program in that ward. Within a 6 month period, my brother, Judd married the other Single Adult rep and another brother Lee married a girl in the ward. My sister Jenny married during that same time period, but she didn’t marry someone from the ward. My poor parents had a very eventful year! Bryan and I have been married for over 15 years, he is a wonderful man and I am lucky to have him. We have 5 great kids, Jonathan, Kaitlyn, Connor, Jenna and Alex. I feel so privileged to be their mother. They are such good people and I love them so much.
We have been asked to speak on adversity and I have been asked to focus my remarks on why we have adversity. I found an article called “Finding A Safe Harbor” by Joseph B. Wirthlin. This article is actually a talk given during the April 2000 General Conference. His talk touched me so much, I saw myself in these words and wanted to share parts of it with you. He says things so much better than I could alone.
He begins be telling the story of Jesus and His disciples when they set sail upon the Sea of Galilee. The scriptures tell us that Jesus was weary, and He went to the back of the ship and fell asleep on a pillow. Soon the skies darkened, and “there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves.” The storm raged. The disciples panicked. It seemed as though the boat would capsize, yet the Savior still slept. At last, they could wait no longer and they awakened Jesus. You can almost hear the anguish and despair in their voices as they pled with their Master, “Carest thou not that we perish?”
Many today feel troubled and distressed; many feel that, at any moment, the ships of their lives could capsize or sink. It is to you who are looking for a safe harbor that I wish to speak today, you whose hearts are breaking, you who are worried or afraid, you who bear grief or the burdens of sin, you who feel no one is listening to your cries, you whose hearts are pleading, “Master, carest thou not that I perish?” To you I offer a few words of comfort and of counsel.
Be assured that there is a safe harbor. You can find peace amidst the storms that threaten you. Your Heavenly Father—who knows when even a sparrow falls—knows of your heartache and suffering. He loves you and wants the best for you. Never doubt this. While He allows all of us to make choices that may not always be for our own or even others’ well-being, and while He does not always intervene in the course of events, He has promised the faithful peace even in their trials and tribulations.
“Then,” the world would ask, “why does He sleep when the tempest rages all around me? Why does He not still this storm, or why would He let me suffer?”
Your answer may be found in considering a butterfly. Wrapped tightly in its cocoon, the developing chrysalis must struggle with all its might to break its confinement. The butterfly might think, Why must I suffer so? Why cannot I simply, in the twinkling of an eye, become a butterfly?
Such thoughts would be contrary to the Creator’s design. The struggle to break out of the cocoon develops the butterfly so it can fly. Without that adversity, the butterfly would never have the strength to become something extraordinary. Adversity can strengthen and refine us. As with the butterfly, adversity is necessary to build character in people. It makes us strong.
I remember about a year or so ago there was a moment where I felt so happy. I felt like everything was right in my world. I had a great family, good friends, and it almost hurt that my life was going so well. I then had this feeling that it was too good to be true. That something would happen to break my perfect little world. I became afraid. I was filled with fear, and I called my husband and told him what I was feeling. He told me to relax and stop worrying all the time. It was a short time later that my world did change.
My husband was working with my father in his company. My dad’s company lost its biggest client with only a few days notice. We always knew that this was a possibility, but in the 15 years my dad has been building his company, it only grew bigger. As a result, we have had to start over with his career and we have lost so much. As you can expect, this has been a difficult time for our family, but not just our family. My parents have been affected as well as several other employees that have had to find other work, including my brother in law on my husband’s side of the family. They have lost so much too and have had to start over as well. I tell you this not to make you feel sorry for us, but to tell you that it will not break us. My family is strong. I am strong. I have not always felt this way, but I know that I am strong. I can deal with this and still smile. I will have days or moments when I feel like I may break, but I don’t!
I don’t think I could bear the trials that my family now faces if I hadn’t already struggled with and overcame adversity in the past. I have dealt with many things in my life, some trials were small and some felt so big at the time. But each time, I have learned something from it. My trials and challenges have molded me into the person I am today. I would not change that. I cannot understand and appreciate the beauty and joy of life if I don’t also experience the pain and sorrow of adversity. I still don’t have the answers, but I know the Lord is leading me and my family. It may not be the way I would have chosen or the easiest path, but it is the Lord’s all the same.
I have felt His hand in almost every aspect of our lives right now. I know we are here for a purpose. I have felt that so strongly, and it keeps me going. I know that the Lord knows me and my family and everything we are going through. I also know that if the Lord knows me this well, that he also knows each and every one of us. He knows our situations in life and He will not leave us in our time of need. You are stronger than you think. Our Father in Heaven does not wish us to cower. He does not want us to wallow in our misery. He expects us to square our shoulders, roll up our sleeves, and overcome our challenges.
I remember a conservation I had with my sweet mother several months ago. She was telling me about some trials she was experiencing. She thanked me for being there for her and for giving her an understanding ear. She said that I had been through so many things and that I had so much compassion because of the things that I have experienced. I had never thought of my trials that way before. I knew that adversity would make me stronger, but I hadn’t appreciated the increased understanding and awareness of others needs that my trials would bring. There is much need for compassion in our lives, and if we have not endured many things, how can we in turn build up and support those around us in their times of need?
I have felt such love and support from family, friends and ward members. The small things they have said and done have been a strength to me. Their examples of faith and endurance give me the courage to keep going. I believe as members of the Church that is one of our responsibilities, to reach out to those who may be struggling. Often just a kind word goes a long way, it can remind someone that they are not alone. We are blessed to have ward families and that helps to develop relationships. These relationships can be a source of strength, compassion, and love. Follow the promptings of the Spirit and you can be a source of help and support to someone who may need it, both in and out of the ward.
As you overcome adversity in your life, you will become stronger. Then you will be better able to help others—those who are working, in their turn, to find a safe harbor from the storms that rage about them. In D&C 122:7 the Lord is speaking to Joseph Smith and He says, “know thou, my son, that all these things shall be for thy good.” He doesn’t say that they will be pleasant or easy, but they will be for our good. I know that the adversity we face in our lives is difficult and at times may feel like it is more than we can bear, but it is for our good. We will be stronger and more compassionate and better prepared for the next trial. We do not have to go through things alone. Our Father in Heaven is there for us, our Savior, the ultimate example, has suffered all things for us. We can find peace and even joy in our trials, take time to see the small things- like the butterfly, the smile on a child’s face, a perfect rain cloud. There is beauty and goodness all around us, sometimes we just need to stop and notice it. I would like to close with my favorite scripture. It is one that is very dear to my heart. John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Now, I need to make dinner before Connor's curriculum night!
So, I will try really hard to stop feeling sorry for myself, at least for today. and maybe tomorrow too!
Friday, August 22, 2008
I get to go to scrapbook night tonight! I am looking forward to it. I love to run away for some girl time once in a while! Have a good night everyone!
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Yes, I am ornery and annoyed and feeling stupid to have been assigned this topic, but I can't help but to feel that the Lord isn't assigning me this topic to have His own personal laugh at my expense. Obviously I need to learn to live within the new budget we have and maybe some research into the subject will help. I don't know how to budget when there is just not enough to even pay the basic bills, let alone save. I do know that I never want to be in this position again, and that we won't always be like this. The only way to prevent the utter loss of everything I have again is to save. I know this and will be the first one to admit it, but I am feeling so embarrassed to have to go and speak about it. It is a topic that is to raw right now. So, thanks to my new ward for making me feel soooo comfortable! I will shut up now and stop complaining, at least out loud. I am still whining in my head!
Thursday, August 14, 2008
The next 2 pictures are when Alex was a few days old and we had to go to Desert Sam and treat Alex for jaundice. He was such a yellow peanut!
Alex turned 1 and LOVED opening the presents!Alex was such a happy, but VERY mischievous child!
Alex turned 2!