Monday, March 31, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
I just wanted to congratulate Craig on receiving the ATK A3 award for his analytical work on the Minuteman missile A3S Nozzle, where he led the design team and "performed the task quickly and accurately, saving the government a tremendous amount of effort." Few people are awarded this honor, especially so early in their career, and we are so proud of our little rocket scientist(and yes, he is a real life rocket scientist)! Since I am pretty sure he is WAY too humble to ever tell anyone about this, I thought I would announce it for him! Leave him some love...
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Besides jumping out of an airplane, there's only one kind of diving I swore I would never do, SCUBA. It pretty much combines all of my biggest fears. 1. Not being able to breath correctly, and duh, breathing under water is NOT natural, and also pretty claustrophobic at first, which is also my number 2. claustrophobia. 3.Something happening to me and not being able to raise my kids, I was pretty sure that scuba diving was extremely dangerous, and 4. Sharks. I know this sounds immature, but JAWS still scares the crap out of me. Anyway, so I swore I would never learn to Scuba dive. Then of course I'm married to Craig who has always wanted to certify. The thing is, for the first 4 years of our marriage, I had this kind of stubborn, obstinate, attitude towards it, and basically told Craig that he might as well not bother, I was never going to change my mind. He was free to do it himself, I was out. But here's the thing, he wouldn't do it without me. "Why would I want to go do something without you, that I know we will never be able to do together? It's not fun for me if you are not there." He would say to me. Dang it, he is perfect. So that got me thinking. If he was willing to give up something that he wanted so badly just to be with me, shouldn't I be willing to at least give it a shot? I wanted him to know that I loved him more than I loved my fear. Now I know this sounds weird, but I really do believe that we love our fears. They provide a safe place for us. They are familiar, and they give us permission not to push ourselves. We tell ourselves of course I can't climb that ladder, I have a fear of heights, of course I can't sing in front of all these people, I get stage fright, and for me, of course I can't go diving, I have a fear of being eaten alive. But the truth is, that most of those things aren't really as scary as we think they will be. I know, because on Friday morning we went and did our first open water dive. I have to tell you, I was terrified. I could hardly keep myself from shaking for the first five minutes. I was so grateful that I had Craig right next to me to keep me calm and be my anchor (no pun intended) and then the most amazing thing happened. I started to calm down, and relax and then I realized that I loved it. It was the most incredible sensation, probably the closest I'll ever come to being an astronaut, or flying. On the second dive I did even better, and that was when Craig had a little trouble, he couldn't get his ears to clear, and he started having a little pain, I could tell he was starting to get anxious, but we just stuck together and got through it, and as we descended I was so grateful that he didn't have to be there going through this kind of scary, kind of challenging thing alone. Isn't that what marriage is all about? When we ended our dives, I felt so empowered, overcoming a fear does wonders for your self-esteem, let me tell you. I feel like a big tough girl! And I realized that diving is like most other things, if you take the proper steps and do it carefully, it's not really that scary. The only thing to fear, is fear itself. I'm so glad I made myself try this. If I hadn't I would never have known how much I love it. Living a safe small life never got anyone anywhere. Go for the gusto!
Sunday, March 23, 2008
It's kind of been a crazy week, surprise surprise, so I haven't really posted anything, although there were some very interesting moments. So here's the not so "reader's digest" version of last week:
Monday, March 17, 2008
So it we partied this weekend at my parents house. My sis Meghan threw a surprise party for her husband Ashton, and was stoked because he was actually surprised. We had a blast. I love hanging out with my family. I think I've got the world's coolest sisters! I thought I would post a few pictures.
Only Matt could fall asleep in the middle of a party.
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Thursday, March 13, 2008
A-Attached or single: Attached
B- Best Friend: Craig is my best everything, and my sisters
C-Cake or Pie: Always pie. I'm not in love with cake...maybe once a year, but I love pie, we always have birthday pie instead of cake.
D-Day of Choice: Friday, it means the week is over and I get two whole days with Craig.
E- Essential Item: chapstick without a doubt, I'm cronically chapped, and no Craig, it's not just in my head.
F- Favorite Color: it changes, but I love red, I have red in almost every room of my house.
G- Gummi Bears or Worms: neither, I hate both.
H- Hometown: well this is complicated: I'm from California, and still consider that my hometown, where I grew up, but none of my family lives there now, so I never go back. Right now I live in Eagle Mountain, Utah, but I don't really consider it my hometown, more like a stop on my life road.
I- Indulgence(s): hot chocolate, um pie, again, and giving myself a manicure, I've become obsessed with this lately. I find it very relaxing to just sit back and paint my nails.
J- January or July: tough, January is my birthday month, so that's fun. But I love July for the summer!
K-Kids: Three, yikes. Hannah is 31/2, Carter is 2 1/2 and Ethan is almost 5 months. I know, I can't control myself.
L-Life is incomplete without: The gospel, Craig, my babies, and mom.
M- Marriage Date: August 22, 2003
N- Number of Siblings:4 sisters, and 1 brother
O- Oranges or Apples: Definitely oranges, apples are okay, but they dry my mouth out. I love a good juicey orange, as long as Craig peels it for me, he is the master peeler, he can get all the gross white stuff off.
P- Phobias or Fears: sharks, ants, something happening to Craig or my kids, and I am very claustrophobic.
Q- Quote: what ere thou art, act well thy part.
R- Reason To Smile: Craig, I married the world's greatest man... life is good.
S- Season: Summer is fun, but I love the fall, I like that going back to school feeling in the air.
T- Tag Six: Meghan, Tracy, Darla, Kaisa, Marisa, and Julie.
U- Unknown Fact About Me: My greatest dream is to write a book... someday.
V- Vegetarian or Oppressor of Animal: Um, I'm a steak and potatoes kind of girl.
W- Worst Habit: staying up way too late, reading, watching a movie, blogging. It's a terrible habit.
X- X-Rays or Ultrasounds: Ultrasounds!!! I've had quite a few of them and they always rock!
Y- Your Favorite Food: artichokes, pasta, broccoli I know it sounds weird, and milkshakes. i'm a real health nut, hehe.
Z- Zippers or Zebras:Zebras I can live without, but I HATE zippers, ever since I zipped my skin up in my jamies when I was 5, to the time my zipper broke on my backpack and dumped all my stuff out on the sidewalk in 4th grade, I've had zipper issues. They never work right, they always break and then what ever they broke on is completely usless and has to be thrown away!
Thanks Stace, that was fun.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Sunday night Craig and I were doing some stuff online, and all the sudden the internet stopped working. Oh well, we thought, we'll just finish up in the morning. Uh, ah. In the morning it still wasn't working so I called the phone company to tell them that our DSL was down. They said they would send someone out as soon as possible. Yeah, okay. So I'm waiting at home all day on Monday, I didn't even take the kids to the park(and it was a beautiful day), just in case they came by to fix it. Guess what, they didn't. So Tuesday, I call again. Oh yes, they say, for sure someone will be there today to fix it, it never takes more than two days for someone to come by and fix it. So once again, I wait at home, and once again, no one shows. Today, I call again and get the same load of crud from the phone company, and Craig decided enough was enough. So he clouded up and rained all over the phone company, and guess what happened, they showed up ten minutes later to fix our internet. Hmmmm. I hate being a girl, no one takes you seriously. Craig said that I just needed to get a little aggressive with them, I told him I thought I was being aggressive. I even tried to use my "I'm a big angry adult" voice. But, for some reason I couldn't adequately intimidate them into actually fixing the problem. Well anyways, we're back up and running now! yippee! I swear I'm an internet alcoholic or something. I was totally going through withdrawals for the last 4 days! Plus, it doesn't help that we pay all our bills and do all of our banking online, so it was totally stressful to not get on and take care of business. You never know how much you depend on something until it's not working. Anyways, I'm happy to be up and running again.
Saturday, March 8, 2008
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Monday, March 3, 2008
So I realized that I really haven't been posting any pictures of the kiddos lately and they change so quickly that it is scary. So here is every random pictureand some quick info. about what my little munchins are up to.
Quick facts on Ethan: he is absolutely my sweetheart. The kid has the cheeriest diposition I've ever seen. And yes, I know I'm ripping off Mary Poppins, but I can't help it, this kid just makes me happy. Also please notice the michilin man thighs... he's a porker. The fire chief jammies are in honor of papa, love you Dad. He's already four months old, sad, I wish they could just stay little.. they get big way too fast. He loves to suck on his thumb/hand, laugh (which is totally infectious), eat (obviously) and he absolutely adores Hannah. Who, by the way is also in love with him, and is such a good helper. He's rolling over, since two months, and starting to act interested in sitting up.
Quick facts on Carter: Is all boy, and I mean it. He's obsessed with horses, as always, and loves to play rough. His new favorite thing to do is tackle Hannah and then lay on her, totally pinning her to the ground, gotta love boys. Got extremely obsessed with leftover Valentines balloons and snuck one into bed one night, which for Carter is not out of the ordinary... he's always got a little collection of toys and books in bed with him. He is NOT morning person, as you can see, although for some insane reason his little head pops off the pillow at 5:30 am every single morning. He's FINALLY really starting to talk, yeah, that's at 2 1/2, we just call him our strong silent type, and he's got one of the meanest glares I've ever seen. That kid can stare you down for ten minutes straight without cracking a smile. But, he's also quite the teez. As my mom put it: "Carter has many moods!" But we love our little cowboy, and the terrible 2's only last a year... which brings me to...
Hannah: Oh what can I say? Hannah was in the terrible 2's for like 2 years, starting at about 18 months and ending at 3 1/2. But, I love that little stinker so much. She is such a crack up. Her favorite frase right now is saying "or something" after just about everything. She goes to pre-school and LOVES it. She can spell her name, and can almost write it all by her self. She loves to help me cook and is slightly obsessive about this. Every time I go in the kitchen to do anything, even pour a bowl of cereal, she runs in asking, "can I please help, Mommy?" and b-line's it right to the drawer where I keep the apron I made for her and starts putting it on. How can I say no to that? She loves to read, loves babies, but most of all she LOVES princesses. Which is fitting because she is totally my little princess!
The rest of these are just random pictures. The first one was just one day when they were all three laying on the floor in our room watching "An American Tale" and it was so cute I couldn't stop myself from taking a picture. I'm sure you notice the lovely bum shots, in the second one. This is a constant problem in our household, my kids pants DO NOT stay up and so we constantly have plumber's crack. I tightened the little waist adjuster straps so tight that they were digging into Hannah's skin and she was telling me that her pants where hurting her, and yet her bum was still hanging out! Oh well, what do you do.And, of course I saved the best for last... Grandma! My kids are seriously in love with my angel mother.. which isn't really that surprising. Everyone that has ever met my mom is in love with her, she's pure sugar. So this is the kids helping Grandma make her famous cinnimon rolls. Grandma Nora: "Practically perfect in every way."