Saturday, October 25, 2008

I am finally going on a vacation!

And no, it's not only in my mind! Jonathan has only a couple days of football left and so we are going out of town next weekend! We have been wanting to go camping or something, but with Bryan working friday nights and Jon having football all the time, there has never been a chance to go. So Friday is Halloween and then we are going to stay up at my parents place in Heber for remainder of the weekend. To many people that doesn't qualify as a vacation, but to us it totally does! So, we will go early Sat morning and come back Sunday nite. Yeah, finally a change of scenery! I stare at these 4 walls so much I won't miss it at all!

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

A Wonderful Sunday and......Meet Melissa Hooper!!

I gotta say that I am so impressed by our bishop. He is so young, but such an inspired man, like I have never witnessed before. I think he is a great bishop and a fun person as well. He started out by encouraging people to bear their testimonies as they feel prompted and to not ignore that feeling. I knew then that I was supposed to bear my testimony. It had never entered into my mind to do that until I heard those words. My heart started pounding and I just knew. I tried to get out of it, but that feeling just wouldn't go away. I just spoke in church a month ago and thought that would be enough, but I guess not. Anyway, I bore testimony that our Heavenly Father knows each and everyone of us and what we are going thru. I feel like so many people have done little things or said words of encouragement at just the right moment for me. I am so grateful for people heeding small promptings of the Spirit in ways that have strengthened me and my testimony. I feel that the Lord has sent these people across my path at my weakest moments and I felt that I needed to acknowledge His hand in my life. I am truly grateful for a loving Heavenly Father. It was not just me who felt a gentle Spirit today, Bryan was touched and inspired in his dealings with the Young Men today. It was so wonderful to hear him tell me what he was feeling and what he did about it. I am so grateful for a loving, spiritual husband who honors his priesthood. He is my best friend and I wouldn't give that up for anything!

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


This is my 50th post!!! Woo hoo!!

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!

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

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

Season? Spring
Holiday? Halloween, Christmas, 4th of July
Day of the week? Saturday (Why did Jon say Wednesday? What is good about a Wed?!?!)
Month? June

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


Leslie tagged me!

Now for the 7 weird or random facts about myself in no paticular order:
1. I love my DVR. It is one of my best friends. I love TV, too! I love to watch Survivor, 24, Amazing Race, dearly miss Alias, Grey's Anatomy, Bones, Prison Break, Heroes, and so many others!! I love having the control that the DVR gives me. I used to plan my kids bed times around my favorite shows and hated how guilty I felt doing it, but I wanted to watch my shows. I love the pause button! In fact, I never watch live TV anymore! I only watch the shows I want, so I actually am watching a lot less, believe it or not!
2. I got married at 18, on purpose. I had a child 10 months after getting married, on purpose. I have a terrific husband, so I am lucky that I could basically grow up with him. I would not recommend that young of an age for my girls (or yours!), but I would not change it!
3. I was a part of a Mexican Dancing troupe for several years. I didn't enjoy it that much, but there were times it was a lot of fun. I did love the performances. I was forced into it by my mom, along with 5 of my brothers and sisters. I don't think anyone of them are proud of this fact.
4. I am going to be a nurse when I grow up. I have been trying to go to school on and off for the last few years. Life keeps getting in the way and I feel as if I may never finish, but I want to so badly. Right now, it hurts that I have had to postpone it a bit longer. Oh well, that is life, right?
5. I am in the Primary again. I have been in Primary for 13 of the 15 years I have been married. It's a good thing it my favorite organization of the church. I don't know what class I will be teaching yet, but I am hoping for Kate's class. She needs me the most right now.
6. I want to serve a mission with my sweet man when we are older and able. I would love to go to a country in Europe or maybe Australia. Somewhere safe, yet fairly exotic. I would especially love to go to Germany. Then I would hopefully have the chance to see where Bryan's family came from.
7. I love to read. I love books where I can get lost in another world. Like the twilight series or John Grisham or Mary Higgins Clark novels, or Pride and Prejudice. Fun and fascinating stories that at the time are all my own. I don't have to pause it for someone to go to the bathroom or rewind because someone missed something. I can go at my own pace and will often sit outside and read while the kids I babysit play in the backyard. The ultimate escape. My ideal break would be a cool afternoon in a hammock on a pine tree covered mountain. Of course, chocolate would be involved!
Anyway, those are 7 things about me. Now I know I am supposed to tag 7 people, but I don't have that many to tag, so I tag:
1. Bryan
2. Jonathan
3. Kaitlyn
4. Connor
5. Jenna, if she wants
6. Karla
See, all but one of them are my family!

Friday, October 3, 2008

If I didn't feel OLD before....

Then I certainly feel old, now! Jon is in the middle of his birthday party with about 12 teenage boys (and my niece and her cousin) playing X-boxes and eating pizza. My house smells like men's cologne (someone trying to impress my niece maybe? She is cute.) and pizza and boys. It is loud and chaotic and I feel like watching tv in my room so as to not crowd the birthday boy. But I am afraid of my niece feeling stranded, so after this quick blog I will be back out there. I am so tired and feel awkward with all these teenagers that I don't know. I don't even know how to express it!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

I want a house on e-bay!!

I was browsing KTAR's website (or somewhere else, I can't remember but that's another story) and saw a headline about a woman who bought a house in Georgia for $1.75 off ebay! I was a bit curious so I read the article. It was a really old, small house in not so nice condition, but still less than $2. It was legit, too. The buyer had to pay $800 in back taxes and closing costs, but again under $2 for a house! I found this interesting and was again curious and so I looked on ebay and there are quite a few houses for serious bargains. There is a house that vaguely reminds me of Bryan's house growing up, it is a long red brick house set on 44 green acres in Ohio or something with a barn and stable going for $20,000. I am like, really? Not that I have any money lying around or would even want to move to OH or whatever, but still, I want 44 green acres! Anyway, if you are ever bored and want to dream, check out the real estate on ebay. Kinda funny. Maybe we can find a home that is newer and a bit nicer than the $2 house for under 20 bucks! Yeah, right!