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I *Heart* Stuff

March 3, 2011

After I.G.G.W. (It’s Gotta Go Wednesdays… duh), I always feel the need to counteract what is obviously witty and charming yet sometimes negative, with a post that is a little more feel good. You know, something that says “Life is like a box of chocolates… filled with caramel, sprinkled with fairy dust. Fed to you by Colin Firth. Naked”. And while they don’t consist of brown paper packages tied up with string (how lame is that for a favorite thing?!), here are a few of my favorite things :).

  • Sudoku – Because crosswords puzzles are beyond my intellectual capabilities (except for the PEOPLE Magazine crossword, which happens to be the only crossword I’ve ever finished. I love you People. I ain’t so smurt.), Sudoku is my kind of puzzler. My favorite part of Sudoku is 1) finishing it and therefore declaring to the world that I. AM. GENIUS! and, 2) the mornings I get to Sudoku (yes, I reserve the right to use it as a verb) means a morning of semi-relaxation, aka… no volunteering or dr. appointments or cleaning up poorly aimed pee around the toilet. I make my morning eggs, brew some joe, and enjoy my breakfast doing the Salt Lake Tribune sudoku puzzle and listening to the only morning show in Utah that doesn’t make me want to punch babies my favorite morning radio show. I HEART SUDOKU!

  • http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com – My lovely friend Sarah sent me a link to this blog on Tuesday. To give you an idea of how I feel about this blog, think about unicorns. And then think about those unicorns running under a rainbow that showers candy down upon all of those standing below, and that candy happens to be grape Laffy Taffy. And on the backs of the unicorns are saddles made of chocolate, and in the chocolate saddle bag, there are millions of dollars. That’s how much I love this blog.
  • Spring –  I mention this in hopes that some mystical power reads my blog and takes pity me, and will use all of his/her powers to bring out the sun and raise the temperatures to, oh, 70 degrees? Exciting news: I saw some green leaves sprouting under a melting patch of snow. My dog Jake proceeded to walk over to the fresh leaves, sniff them, and then urinate on said foliage, but it was green none-the-less. YAHOO SPRING!
  • Floss – This isn’t to say that I don’t enjoy brushing, but everyone does that (or at least they should). Flossing, however, is taking oral hygiene to another level. I love the way my teeth and mouth feel after I’ve flossed, and I also feel like I’ve accomplished something that day. Or not. But still, it rocks. Some might see flossing as a duty… I see it is an HONOR! One I partake in multiple times daily. Yeah, that’s right baby… I have multiple flosses EVERY DAY. Sexy, I know. Does your dentist ask you if you floss? Mine doesn’t, because my teeth speak for themselves. Floss is my friend.

 

 

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Maui – Part 2

July 15, 2010

Thursday, while waiting in line for heaven, aka breakfast, I was talking to my friend Cynthia. She had planned to scuba dive both Friday AND Saturday, and was planning on going solo. I happen to be certified (which I did when I was about 19). I had NEVER been in open water since my certification, and I’m not sure that Blue Lake, located in beautiful Wendover, really counts as open water. After chatting about it a little bit I decided that I would join her for Fridays dive.

The next morning I was nervous but excited, and pretty tired after some serious jet lag and having to wake up at 5 am. But my sleep deprivation was a non-issue when we got on the boat. Diving in an ocean is a WHOLE different ball game than what I had previously experienced… pathetic in comparison. I could fill up 10 posts with all of the details, but to sum it up… it was one of the coolest things I have ever done! Amazing. Life-changing. Something I am sooooo glad I did. Here are some photos of the dive:

After our phenomenal dive, we headed back to the hotel for some poolside relaxation. I was still lobster red from the day before, so I put on my spf 50 and just enjoyed the warmth of the sun while I read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which about 234 other people at the hotel were reading :).  The rest of the girls joined us and then we headed into town for another delicious meal, statue harassment, toad catching (just me… the ladies looked and scremed), and laughs before bed.

Saturday some of us decided to hit our favorite breakfast spot again, which I forgot to mention is called The Gazebo Restaurant, while others decided to do the rip line, and 2 others did a volcano bike ride, where at 2 am they left to bike down a volcano, watch the sunrise (the pictures I’ve seen are amazing), and bike down some more. I spent the morning/afternoon enjoying the beach with my friend Strawberri (yes, that is her real name), and then met up with everyone else later on. Carlie, Tammi, and I entered a water slide competition where speed was the goal. Our “heat” was  for adults only. We were the only women that entered and were competing against about 5 young men (around 18-24 yrs old). I totally expected the men to win but… FIRST, SECOND, and THIRD!!! YAHOO! We were so excited to kick butt and take names, and we also won free shaved ice :).

The first day in Hawaii we made reservations for Saturday night at a place that we were told was the best entertainment on the island, Warren and Annabelle’s magic show. It was SO much fun. I really didn’t know what to expect, but everyone we spoke to beforehand raved about it, and it did not fail to deliver. Strawberri ended up being chosen to assist one of the magicians. FUN FUN!

Sunday morning we headed to, yes, you guessed it, the Gazebo for our favorite pancakes and rice. We then headed back to our room to pack, check out, load all of our crap in 2 of our friends room (who had their room until Monday morning), get in our suits and head down to the pool to swim, walk on the beach, and try to soak in as much sun and fun we could before we had to leave for a dinner reservation followed by a flight home.

While I was out at the pool, I noticed this cute little lizard. About 4 feet away a much larger lizard came out of the bushes. I loved it, because I happen to be one of those crazy people who love animals… all animals. The big lizard started running across the walkway and I thought, “oh, how cute. He’s running over to say hi to his little friend”. If cute means that the little guy was lunch. The bigger lizard ran up to the little guy and grabbed him in his mouth. I quickly poked the big lizard and he let the little one go. Pretty exciting stuff :).Here’s a picture of before the “attack”.

The night we left ee ate at the famous Mama’s Fish House, where we had made reservations even before we left on our trip. Ummmm, HOLY CRUD BALLS it was good. As in the best Ahi Tuna steak I’ve ever had. And the view and setting was absolutely breathtaking. The whole experience was surreal.

The plane home was a little rough. Our flight left 45 minutes late, 10:40 Hawaii time, and I couldn’t sleep AT ALL during the 5 hour flight, mostly because I could not get comfortable. I was tempted but didn’t put a plastic bag over my head ;). We then had a short layover in L.A., and had a 2 hour flight home to Salt Lake City.

I missed my hubby and kids a lot, and was ready to get home to them, but the end of the trip was bittersweet. We all had a wonderful time and were a little sad to say goodbye and end our awesome time together. But all good things must come to an end and it was nice to be home again to sleep in my own bed and in the arms of Mr. N.

I’m so incredibly grateful to my amazing friend Maree who made this trip possible. I’m not sure I’m worthy of such generous and great people in my life, but as long as they’ll have me, I’m theirs :). This group of friends/women made the trip what it was… unforgettable and what I needed. It was nothing short of amazing!

I appreciate everyone who helped out with the kids (Mom & Dad, Celeste & Patrick, and Carla, for being willing to watch the twins even though plans changed). And a huge thanks to Greg who handled everything at home and made it so I could relax while I was away and not worry about what was happening at home.

THANK YOU!

She’s A STAR!

June 15, 2010

I’ve mentioned before about how my lovely sister, Sarah, was being published. Yes, an actual real author! She’s an amazing quilter and has written a book, Fast, Flirty and Fun, for the beginning quilter. Not only did she write the book, she also sewed all of the quilts pictured. She’s a talented chica!

Check out this interview with Sarah on a her local morning snow. Congrats Sarah! I’m so very proud of you and I hope this is just the beginning of your stardom. Remember the little people ;). LOVE YOU!

Smokin’

May 4, 2010

This is TOTALLY how I grill. Doesn’t everyone bump and grind it as well as air hump while they grill their meat? That’s when I break out all of my sassy moves. Sometimes I’ll even put on some Good Vibrations by Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch or Aqua’s Barbie Girl to make it that much cooler. Don’t be a player hater. It all makes my meat sooooo tender and juicy!

Patch This

March 3, 2010

Talent in certain areas doesn’t always run in families. My mom got it. My sister got it. But the “quilting bug” did not bite me. I like them but have no desire to create one. That being said, I couldn’t be more proud or excited. My sis is being published! She has created a quilting book which has a number of adorable and equally awesome patterns as well as great instructions.

The coolest thing (to me) is that she came up with these designs on her own, has an amazing eye for fabrics that you wouldn’t think would go together but do, and just in general is a creative freak o’ nature.

Congrats, Sarah, on such a wonderful accomplishment! I’m pre-ordering my copy now (I of course expect you to sign it 🙂 ). You can go to amazon and check out a bunch of pages and see how cute these quilts are. OR even order a copy if your heart so desires.

Check it out folks… pretty dang cool.

Whirlwind

February 18, 2010

Every day I keep thinking that I need to post an update on what’s happening in my world. But as the days fly by, it all gets away from me, and then I find myself thinking “so much has happened, where do I begin and what do I even say?”.

One step at a time, right?

OK, Arizona (yeah, I know it was almost 2 weeks ago). It was BEEEE-UTIFUL! The weather, the resort, our awesome room, the wonderful spa… everything. It was wonderful being able to get away with the Mr. and to have some time to ourselves all while enjoying a nice change in climate and surroundings. Not only the was the “vacation” portion of the trip awesome, the “business” part went better than I expected. I’m on the board of a foundation who (among other things) gives money to various organizations and charities. MY cause (which I am very passionate about) got an unheard of amount of money (at least relative to what they usually give)… the full amount I requested. Maybe it was my embarrassing and very unexpected and unwelcome blubbering. Maybe I’m the master of public speaking (not). Whatever it was, it worked and I am thrilled to be able to be a part of something that help children and their families and literally change lives. Woo hoo! It made my week. I still get excited when I think about it.

Valentine’s Day weekend was splendid as well. I LOVE the kids – they are my life – but I really appreciate the few nights a month Greg and I get to spend alone. We never got any kind of “honeymoon” period because we were thrust into parenting not our usual 2 and 3, but a whooping 5 kids, full-time. The weekend was not only romantic but we also got TONS done. We cleaned, organized, made trips to our storage unit, and just in general kicked ass AND took names. It was great at the end of the day to look at all of the great progress we made. I love the feeling of a productive day, and BONUS… we got to do it together!

Tuesday was my monthly “date with one of my kids” night. I know I’ve said it before, but I absolutely love and look forward to this! This month was Ian’s turn. We decided to get some dinner and then catch the new movie, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. He was in the mood for a burger and fries, and since we were tight on time, we headed to the burger joint, SNAPPY’S, inside Jordan Commons. Ian seemed to really enjoy the food, especially the Oreo shake :). The movie was what I expected (not wonderful, not bad, somewhat entertaining), but Ian liked it and that was all that mattered. I had a lot of fun getting to spend that time alone with him. I adore that kid!

At the end of each week I go into the next hoping that it’ll be a little less chaotic, that I’ll have a little more down time, that I’ll have to put up with less crap that is redonkulous, and that I’ll actually get 8 hours of sleep. Rarely does any of it actually happen, and there are some days that the demands on me make it feel like I’m getting dragged into quicksand and on the verge of going under. But the truth is, even with all stress and strain and  running around trying to get everyone where they need to be and everything done that needs to get done, I love my life. I love my friends, my dog, my children and family, and my husband. I’m so very grateful that I have the choice and ability to stay home with our 5 children, volunteer at their school A LOT, arrange play dates, run them to all of their various activities, and cook dinner every night. I’m thankful to be married to a man that keeps his commitments and takes pride in working hard to provide for all of us. I’m one lucky woman.

Yesterday was the anniversary of my brothers death. There isn’t an edge to the pain like there used to be years ago, but this DAY has sort of loomed over my head and created a shadow all week. I’ve lived longer without him than I did with him, but even after 22 years, I still miss him. I wonder what kind of man he would have been. Would he have been a husband and father? The next Einstein? I’ll never know, and I guess that is what’s hardest for me. What I wouldn’t give to know him now. At some point, I think I will have that opportunity. Until then, I love you bro!

Weekend Excursion

June 11, 2009

This past weekend Mr. N and I traveled to Moab with our dog, Jake, and our friends Dave and Sarah (who brought Maggie, their adorable and fun puppy with ungodly sharp teeth 😉 ).

Some of the highlights of the trip:

  • Two amazing hikes. One to Cable Arch and another to an arch whose name I can’t remember. But it was delightful :).
  • Pushing, pulling and lifting 2 dogs up a couple of small cliffs. Getting them down took some creativity and plain old brute force. Sorry that we pushed you off the ledge Jake… we terrorized you for your own good.
  • Meals that were too good to be enjoyed while camping (mainly due to D & S. THANK YOU!).
  • Dogs covered in dust and dirt, which then became mud, which then evolved into just wet, which came full cycle back into dust).
  • A fun, even if not fully completed, drive through beautiful canyons.

There is a lot more I could write and go into great detail about, but I’ll let you enjoy some of the pictures and leave the details for my memory.

It was a wonderful weekend. Not only did I get to see some of the most amazing sites Utah has to offer, but I was also able to spend some much needed time with my hubby AND our awesome friends. I am pretty lucky to have “inherited” such great amigos when I married Mr. N. A definite thumbs up.