Friday, February 29, 2008

Word Cloud

I saw this word cloud done on a friend's blog and thought I'd give it a try. This software program randomly picks words from your website. The words are arranged alphabetically and more frequently used words are in larger fonts. It looks kinda cool and amazingly represents my life pretty accurately - in a neat little box...

Notice right off the bat is "Baby, Bart & Boys". I also liked "fun god, good guy", "little love" and "cooler crew". With sick kids, "Night nurse" has been the story of my life the past 3 weeks. And it wraps up with "years young" - that will be a great way to remember how to refer my age in years to come! Pretty "sweet" huh? That was in there too. I wish life was really this square and straight forward :)! Click on the blue {word cloud} and try for yourself.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Our Home Teachers are Cooler than Your Home Teachers

We got new Home Teachers (For those of you who don't know - home teachers are 2 male ward members assigned to visit you in your home monthly to check on you and share a gospel message). So this great guy and his 12 year old son/companion made it over last week to visit. They started sharing the story of Aaron, throwing down his staff and having it turn into a serpent which ate all the serpents of the pharoa's magicians. He explained that the power to turn Aaron's staff to a serpent came from God. God did this to show that He is more powerful than magicians or anything for that matter. Cool message huh? He was about finished telling this great bible story and the boys were listening quite intently, when Sammy, the 12-yr old boy added, "plus, God must think serpents are cool" and he reached into his shirt and pulled out "Bubba" their pet corn snake. It was quite the object lesson - a bible story my boys will now NEVER forget! And now they will probably NEVER quit asking me for a pet snake (since I have heard about it almost every day since). Sorry boys, not going to happen - notice I'm not in any of the pictures...yep, I'm across the room using zoom on the camera so I don't have to get too close!We warned our home teachers that they have set the bar high now for their visits...they say next month they'll bring a llama! As for this night, it was all kinds of boy fun. Thanks Dean and Sammy.

Love Your Heart Night

The week before Valentine's Day, Cade and Ty's school had a "Love Your Heart Night". The boys informed me it was all the rave and "everyone" was going to be there. So after dinner, we headed back to the school for a little heart-healthy fun. The activity included exercise events stationed all around the school which were good for your heart.

I never knew my boys could climb the gym rope, jumprope and do so many sit-ups. Thanks goes to the unnoticed P.E. teacher who is obviously doing her job well. (Well, I don't know how unnoticed she really is...P.E. is the only thing at school I can get my boys to tell me about!)

Bart and Ty "speed walk" around the library. Cade shows off his jump-roping skills.

Our rope-climbing monkeys

Caden did 111 sit-ups - no joke~he had all these admiring girls counting each and every one!

Blame it on the sick ones

Whatever in the world this virus is that won't leave my family alone is the reason I've been neglecting my blog. Double ear infections and viral bronchitis got the best of Ty 2 weeks ago. Then Cade stepped up to the plate with the stomach yuk - which we all sort of passed around for several days. Just when we thought we were out of the woods, Cade has developed a lovely rash starting on his face and now we have it covering the poor little guy. I should have taken pictures of each of the sad sickies - but photography was not as high on the priority list as cleaning puke off the couch, helping with the inhaler every 2 hours, making fruit smoothies, rubbing backs, hugging fevered heads and WASHING hands so that we can be done with this once and for all!

My "biggest" little guy not feeling so hot. But sick or not, he always manages to have on some article of sports wear (hence the baseball cap) and makes sure he is up to speed on the latest basketball game scores.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

No Ego Boosts from YOU!

You have to be thick-skinned when you have a 2-year-old boy.
Even if they are this stinkin' cute, they say what they think...
cute or not. Here are some "Bo comments" from the past few
1.) Me: "I love you Bo"
Bo: (either) "okay" or "well, I love Dad"
2.) I was singing to a CD in the car and Bo asks:
"Mom, are you singing?"
Me: "yes"
Bo: "That's not a good song mom"
3.) Bo: "Will you play basketball with me"
Me: "Sure" (even though I was in the middle of 12 different
things and I really didn't want to)
Bo: (after I miss several attempts) "you're not a good shot mom"
4.) While coloring with him - Bo: "don't color like that mom"
Me: "Like what?"
Bo: "that's not a pretty picture"
5.) "your hair sticks up"
6.) "Why you wear that?"

The lists goes on and on...

My Favorite:
7.) While posed to swipe me with a sword- Bo: "I'm a
lamanite, I'm going to get you!"
(maybe we need to lay off the animated
Book of Mormon movies a bit!)

To my fiesty 2 year-old I say, "sticks and stones may
brake my bones but words will never harm me" AND...

I've Been Tagged!

thanks Jyl...

10 years ago I was...
A sophomore at Brigham Young University - studying my buns off trying to get into the nursing program (praise ever be to that BioChem professor who graciously passed me!)

5 things on my 'to do' list today:
1. Take my sick little Ty to the doctor to have his ears and lungs checked
2. Drop off my Hood to Coast relay application to our team captain(yes...I'm really doing it - the walking relay)
3. Mail in our amended tax return docs (since Bart e-filed the originals in haste and left out some very necessary deductions)
4. Help Cade and Ty address valentines to their school classmates
5. Take Cade to piano lessons (Ty will have to make-up his lesson later in the week when he is feeling better)

Things I would do if I became a billionaire:
1. Go on a vacation - anywhere works for me right now!
2. Buy Bart a new car (one that the transmission doesn't slip when merging onto the freeway and doesn't have a stolen stereo. He is so sweet and willing to drive that little civic no matter how "uncool" it is...he deserves his dream car for it!)
3. Buy my dream home - in case Obama or Clinton become president.
4. Invest the rest - maybe stashed under my pillow since the financial market is a little rocky...but save it somehow.

3 of my bad habits:
1. biting my nails...gross I know, but I never grew out of it.
2. forgetting to get my mail for a week...or two
3. staying up too late

5 Places I've lived:
1. West Linn, Oregon
2. Provo, Utah
3. Seattle, Washington
4. Tualatin, Oregon

5 jobs I've had:
1. Hostess at Chili's Restaraunt
2. Receptionist and "file girl" at West Linn Family Health Center
3. Home Health Nurse in Provo, Utah
4. Pre-op and recovery nurse at Valley Orthopedics in Seattle and Meridian Park Hospital in Tualatin
5. MOM!! My hardest, but most favorite job.

Things most people don't know about me:
I was a competetive gymnast for 10 years. And I skydived the summer before I left for college.

Now I tag: (sorry)
1. Shana Jabusch
2. Holly Larson
3. Alisa Lee
4. Natalie Wilson