Wednesday, October 15, 2008

6 Quirks

Okay, so Kacie tagged me with this:


The rules: Link person who tagged you
Tell about 6 Quirks of yours
Tag 6 fellow bloggers to do the same
Leave comment to let them know

So here it goes:

1. When setting the alarm, the time HAS to be an increment of 5. So it could be 6:55 or 7:00 or 7:05, but under NO circumstance can is be 6:57 or something crazy like that. Because of this I have to have an alarm where I can move the time forward or backwards, so I can get it just right. I am teased endlessly about this, but really don't get that. It seems like a given to me. Oh and if you haven't guessed, I do NOT do snooze, since the times are always odd (like 7 or 9 minutes). I will instead set the alarm for another 15 minutes.

2. I'm either super clean or I'm super not. When I'm not, the house can be a mess and I really don't notice and it doesn't bother me. But if I've worked hard to get it clean, I am super anal about it staying that way ("You're not thinking of using that toilet are you?" or "You want to cook in THIS kitchen?").

3. Going along with the above, when I am cleaning, I tend to think I need to do it all (organize and deep clean). If I don't have the time, which I don't most of the time, the I don't want to do it at all. Or I'll work for like 5 hours to get my bed room super clean and organized, and the rest of the house is left neglected. I am so working on learning moderation and doing a little bit each day. So yes, I'm good at organizing, but to the detriment of many other things!

4. I'm a big kid. Don't know if that's a quirk or just a fact. Don't know if it's because I'm the baby in the family or just that I'm immature, but it's not something I ever want to lose! When it comes down to it, I love doing kid stuff and being goofy with my kids. I love it when my nephews give me that look (it says, "You just said that? But you're an adult!") after I've said something (or done something) that usually only kids would get. Like talking about burbs or farts, ya know?

5. Hmmm ... I like to talk, a lot. When I'm excited about something, I want to tell someone. When I'm confused I want to talk to someone so I can figure it out. When I'm sad, I want to talk to someone even if it means I might (might, who are we kidding?) cry a bit. When I'm angry, I want to vent to someone. When the kids disobey, I talk (okay, lecture) to them. Taylor is the opposite (unless it is about sports). When he gets upset or sad, he is more quiet. It can be frustrating, but I get it's just his way of handling things.

6. I have my "thing" I like to order at restaurants. I rarely stray from the thing I like, although I do try to be daring sometimes. For example, Taco Bell - 2 soft taco supremes w/ no tomatos, order nachos; Applebees - parmesan shrimp sirloin w/ garlic mashed potatos & veggies; Olive Garden - Chicken Alfredo; Red Robin - Whiskey River Chicken Burger. You get the idea. I hate getting something I don't like, so once I know I like something, I stick to it.

I'll tag Christy, Marlies, Stacey Jorgenson, Angie, Emalia and Deanne!

Monday, October 13, 2008

3 year anniversary

No, not marriage anniversary ... yesterday was officially the 3 year anniversary since the car accident. I won't go into details about it now, but if you didn't see the story, you can read it here:

This one was definitely the best. You see, when we came up on the first anniversary, I was totally unprepared for the emotional punch in the stomach it would be. Last year, I was flying out to Seattle for my Grandpa's memorial service. So there was a lot of stuff going on, but I was prepared this time and had two amazing blessings, which still strengthen me today. This year, things are much calmer in my life and I've been really in a state of being so grateful for the blessings I have. So, I'm happy to say that yesterday was a fairly uneventful day!!!

Looking back to my recovery, I am so amazed and grateful for the way things are. Here are just a few things:
  • First, I am grateful to be alive and that I didn't have to witness my daughter or Avery passing away.
  • I am grateful that Braden was 10 weeks old. If I had to be in the hospital now, at 3 years old he would have a very hard time understanding and coping.
  • I am amazed and in awe that my body was able to run a half marathon this spring. If you had bet me a million dollars 3 years ago, I would never have believed you. There was a while that I didn't think I'd ever be able to get out of bed on my own again, let alone RUN!
  • I am grateful to have witnessed just how much people love and care for me and my family. Between the visits (which meant the world), the dinners, people helping to clean and rake leaves, drives to the doctors, and on and on. For that first 2-3 weeks, I was never alone in the hospital. And Taylor never had to worry about who would take care of the kids. Afterwards, I have heard people say, "Oh I should of done more" or "I didn't really do anything" but really, it all meant SO much!
  • One of my biggest fears after the accident, was that I would never be able to do the things I wanted to do as a Mom. I received an amazing blessings letting me know that I would have a full recovery. This is very apparent in my life. I am now able to volunteer on the PTA at Aubrey's school, play on the playground with the kids, give Braden piggy back rides, have pillow fights, read books ... and on and on. Sure I get that achy twinge that reminds me when I need to take it easy, but I am only held back by my own thoughts.
  • I am grateful to have met Tara, who was there to help us before the paramedics came. It was no coincidence that she and Stacy are neighbors (and good friends) and we were able to connect. When there is so much gloom and doom going on in the world, it is so nice to know that there are people around that are willing to give of themselves willingly. Ultimately, it is Heavenly Father's love for us that shows through.
I could go on, but I think you get the idea ... thanks for being there for me, whether you knew it or not!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Gypsy Chic

My sisters and I have talked on and off over the years about doing one business or another. We have so many things that we are interested in and LOVE girly stuff. Well, we finally decided to grab the bull by the horns and start our own company, where we can release our creative instincts and highlight local artisans. We've started a blog and hope to launch a website soon. Check us out ...

We've got a couple of open houses going on next week. We'd love to have you come and see what we're up to.