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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Joy, Fear, Goal, Obsessions, Random

I've been tagged on this specific survey deal about five times already, but since life has slowed down, I am finally getting around to completing it. Thanks Lindsey for giving me the last tag: Here goes a bunch of predictable and already known facts about me.... or maybe you'll be surprised.

How To Play This Game of Tag: 1. Post these rules on your blog. 2. List: 3 joys, 3 fears, 3 goals, 3 current obsessions/collections, 3 random surprising facts about yourself. 3. Tag 5 people at the end of your post by leaving their names.

1. Chocolate chip cookies and milk. One of the major perks to moving in with Grandma is the endless supply of these bad boys. And they're good. She may be 70, but she hasn't lost that magic touch! (And I'll hope she never does).
2. High school kids. Seriously. My sweet Andra lets me play with her students every year for the Shakespeare festival, and it has become my favorite time of year. The kids are so cute, so funny, and so eager (most of them anyway) to learn about the Bard. I love to experience their discoveries, risks, and accomplishments with them.
3. Fall. No offense to all of the other seasons, but this one is by far the best. The weather is perfect, the canyons are stunning, and I get to celebrate my little man's birthday. Also, the sweaters get to come out of the box, and I love that too.

1. Cancer. Who isn't afraid of it? Since my Grandpa Loder was diagnosed with more than one type, I have been paranoid from a very young age. Finding lumps and bumps has led me to the doctor a few times, thank goodness it has never led to this great fear.
2. Autism. (See a pattern here?) I want my children to be perfect, just like they should be.
3. Earthquakes. When I first walk into a new building (be it a house, office, even center) I immediately start to think about where I would run for cover if there were an earthquake. I like to think I'm being prepared and not paranoid.

1. Live within my means. I really feel this is why our economy is in such shambles right now. In America if we want something, we get it. Never mind if we can really afford it. I don't want to be like that. Ever.
2. Serve someone every day. I make this goal each night before I go to bed. I try to think of something specific. I'm better about thinking about it than actually doing it, unfortunately.
3. Graduate from college. So, so important to me. More important than I ever thought.

1. A Lazy Read. I'm obsessed with this book club! I haven't successfully read one of our selections yet, but I will. Maybe I should put that in one of my goals?
2. Babies. I'm completely and utterly obsessed with all things baby. It doesn't even need to be my own- although I do like mine the best. Sorry.
3. Buying Will toys. Sheesh. I really need to stop that. He has more motorcycles, cars and four-wheeler toys than I know what to do with.

1. The diamond in my wedding ring wasn't actually a "diamond"... until now! Dallas and I couldn't afford it when we first got married. I refused to go into debt. So, cubic zirconium became my friend. Only a few people knew this. For our 5th anniversary I got a real diamond put into my ring. It's gorgeous. I love it. I'm so glad I waited to do it.
2. I love to sing in the car. Even if there are people in there with me, I don't care. It's the only place I sound good. (Probably because I turn the stereo up so loud that I drown myself out).
3. I am constantly talking to my self in my brain. Scheming, planning, entertaining, calming. I think it's a coping mechanism.

I tag... Sterling Mumford, Nicole Booth, Angie Draper, Bunko friend Amanda, and Whit.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

To Marciea-

You aren't the only dork out there! This is just a picture of my peaches. Together my Mom and I canned 110 quarts this fall. Love you Mom!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Little Birthday Boy

William is TWO!!! I simply can't believe it. Time is passing by so quickly. Being Will's parents has been the most incredible experience we could have ever asked for.. To see him grow from just being able to eat and sleep to saying full sentences has been an adventure. (Just now he came up to me and said "Amy, go play race cars?" And, yes, he calls me Amy about 90% of the time. This is to the dismay of his mother and the joy of everyone else, apparently). We had a "little" family birthday party for him on Saturday. Considering the size of Dallas' family (and mine), family birthday parties are never small. We were so blessed to have so much family come from hours away (the majority were at least 2 hours away) just to celebrate our little guy's day with us. Our favorite moments include:
-Jenn, Brad and the kids surprising us! We didn't think they could come, and we were so happy to have James there. James is Will's favorite little buddy. From the moment Will saw James he just started giggling, and he didn't stop until they left.
-Will opening his first present from Uncle James and Aunt Kaydee. It was a pack of race cars and Will that it was the coolest thing ever... until he opened his big black motorcycle from Uncle Jake and Aunt Misty. (Thank you to everyone for the presents! He is such a spoiled boy).
-Will refusing to eat any of his cake AGAIN this year. Next year he's getting a Pepsi with a candle in it.
-Will saying everyone's names. He even said "TeAnna" after James and Kaydee left.
-Will's new bike. I ran over his red trike by accident a few months ago (this is the trike Grandma Kristie gave him for his 1st birthday). She obliged and got him the same one again this year. He loves it as much as ever.
Thank you again to everyone who made the effort to be with us. To those who couldn't come, we sure missed you!
We love you William. Happy Birthday little man.

This seems like just yesterday...

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Uncanny Resemblance

I believe that watching all of this political coverage may be making us see things; or does this tractor have an uncanny resemblance to John McCain? You decide 2008.

Monday, September 15, 2008


After a few weeks of waiting, some angry thoughts (and words), many prayers, many tears, and many, many phone calls to our real estate agent (THANK YOU LANDON!), we have finally closed on our house. We closed last Friday, September 12th. We are so glad it is over. Now we have become house stalkers... It is really weird to see someone else enjoying our house. It makes me even more glad that we are eventually moving out of the valley.

During these "fun filled" weeks, we did manage to make some good memories. In no particular order:

Baby TeAnna was blessed, and Uncle James gave Will a ride in his race car (a Subaru STI- it really is a race car).
Will discovered corn on the cob. I discovered how scary those diapers are.
Erin Pulley came to rescue me from a frightful week. I don't know what I would have done without her that week! (I love you Erin!!!)

We went to the dinosaur museum in Price, UT with Shanna, Aaron, Liesel, Jordan and Grandma and Grandpa K. That mammoth is incredible! Will loved to dig for the bones (but he didn't love that more than his yellow motorcycle).

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

September 2nd update

Hi all! I just wanted to let everyone know that we are still alive. We have settled in what we affectionately call "the basement" at Grandma K's house. It's surprisingly wonderful. I like not grocery shopping or coming up with what to fix for dinner every night. When we get the internet on the 9th I'll post some pictures of our new "digs". (Wow. I'm so not cool).