Saturday, December 29, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Friday, December 7, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
1. The guys I dated before marriage all had similar names...Jeff DaBell, Jeff Belnap, and John Bell. I ended with Jack Benjamin Hardy, which I thought was far enough off of my trend that I was safe.
2. I am not deathly afraid of all spiders...just a certain family. HOBOS or anything that looks similar to a hobo. I lived in the basement of a rental house and my room was attached to the unfunushed part of the house. These spiders started showing up like crazy (and if you do not know they are SO FAST, and I understood they could hop, although I've never seen it done, and they are poisonous). They were under my bed, IN my bedding, when I would put clothes on, I would sometimes have one crawl over my shoulder. And I had sticky spider traps in every corner and each one had at LEAST 20 on them. It gives me chills to talk about it. My landlord sent in an exterminator and told me I was sae to clean up after a day. Jack came and helped me. He swept up two different piles that literally had hundreds in them and I continued to find dead ones in storage stuff I had in that room for months afterwards. It was awful.
3. I was anorexic in high school. I don't have many pictures of that time, but the ones I do have, I look sick. That's all I'm gonna say about that.
4. I am the kind of woman, who when I am sick and need to throw up, I would rather get it over with and puke then hold it in out of fear of throwing up. Even i I only have a few minutes of relief.
5. I have five scars on my feet from foot surgeries. I had bone spurs from playing soccer for 10 years. Not a big surgery, but I made it awful because a week after my surgery I began dancing for a couple hours a day to prepare for a tour I was going on with a highschool group (Trouveres). My incisions remained open for three months and were awful infected so that when I actually went on the tour, I was almost unable to perform except I was given painkillers from a doctor so that I could perform. I was also given a horsepill antibiotic at the time which ended up beginning my chronic yeast infection issue.
6. My chronic yeast infection issue. I'm sure you all want to know about this. After that tour, I was out of school for a month and it was the most miserable, painful month ever. I would sit in my room, not even able to wear underwear, and just crawl all over my bed in pain. The doctor called my mom an hour after my first appointment and told her in his 20+ years of practice he had never seen anything like what I had and I was in a lot of pain. Well, yes, I was. And that started my chronic yeast infections. Congratulations to me!
I will tag Natalie, Lisha, Julie Nield, Brinn, Christianne, and my brother, Luke. Sorry you had to read this, Luke.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
I will send a handmade gift to the first three (3) people who leave a comment on my blog requesting to join this PIF exchange. You may not receive it tomorrow or next week, but you will receive it within 365 days! The only thing you have to do in return is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog. (So, you must have a blog to participate.) I can't wait to see who I will be giving to. To join, just cut and paste this on your blog and comment away. So get posting!!
Friday, November 2, 2007
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
My little man. He's so sweet!
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
1/2 lbs italian sausage (spicy)
1/2 lbs regular mild sausage
3/4 c onion, chopped (or more)
6 slices bacon (or handful from a precooked bag...helps with that "fast" part)
1 1/4 tsp garlic (or more if you know my cooking)
4 c water
1 quart chicken broth
6 potatoes diced
6 c shredded kale
2/3 c heavy whipping cream
1/4 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil
1 Tbl Parsley
1 tsp salt
At same time...start boiling potatoes in water, seasonings, and broth and
begin cooking sausage and throw in onion towards the end...when onions cooked...throw in garlic and bacon. When potatoes are done, add cream, kale, and meat mixture and simmer until the kale is limp and you're done! Ohhhhh! This is so good! Jani, I know you would love it!
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
You are Emma Woodhouse of Emma! You like being the queen of your social circle (small and provincial as it may be), and feel it's your duty to help those less influential than you. You often meddle in the affairs of others, though you do it with a pure heart. You are often deluded in your flights of fancy, but your good intentions and creative spirit make you someone anyone could like.
What do you think? Does it fit me?
Monday, October 1, 2007
This isn't one of my more proud moments in pictures of my self, I just thought it was funny that I had no clue he was picking his nose!
Uncle Brandt's new sunglasses. She looks studly!
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
We had so much fun together! I was actually so surprised at how well both kids did and they just wanted to keep going. Our favorite rides were most definitely the Alice in Wonderland and Dumbo ride because Emma just laughed her head off the whole time.
She was brave, though, and went on a couple adult rides. Jack too her on Matterhorn and she didn't like going to the top in the dark with the evil eyes staring at her. She also went on Splash Mountain with me.
I was so grateful Disney was smart enough to think of the swapping pass for parents. Emma and Jackson both loved the Tigger and Pooh ride while Jack got to love Splash Mountain. During that time, I was also able to talk Emma into going on that ride with me!
Snow White was the only princess out that Emma would hug and talk to. She has never seen Pocahontas and wouldn't talk to her and she was also shy with Jasmine. Those were the princesses out at the time. I was wishing we could run into Mandy's sister, but I couldn't remember if that was the one that got married and then thought she was probably in Utah at school anyhow. (But Mandy, next time you guys come down we would so love to go to Disneyland and see you guys again!)
We stayed there eight hours and I thought the kids would zonk on the way home, but they were so excited, they talked the whole way home. This will be so fun!
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Today was Emma's 4th birthday. WoW! I have a four year old. She was so funny opening her presents. No matter what it was as soon as she opened it she would say "Ohhh, CUTE!!!" I wish I could just record how she said it cause it was the same everytime...like it was clothing, which she didn't get. There were even two boxes that you couldn't tell what they were except this tiny picture in the corner, but she still said it was so cute. So this is my tribute to my beautiful daughter, EmmaLee.
Emma started out her fourth year as quite a shy little thing. She began preschool in KY at a lutheran school and was the baby of her class. She couldn't speak as well as the rest (she has always had a bit of a speech impediment) and her teacher often commented that she was really easy going, but didn't really play with the other kids because they couldn't understand her. As a parent, I was so heart broken. We all want our kids to be happy and never get their feelings hurt and other kids be mean to them and don't want them to feel left out. Jack and I spent a lot of time praying and crying and worrying, but at a parent-teacher conference Mrs. Simmons told us something that put things in a new perspective and wefelt a lot better. She said that other kids want or need something and they ask for it. Because Emma had a hard time communicating in words, she has had to use her brain more to find a way to communicate which in the long run would really benefit her. What a good way to look at it! So the last half of the year we watched Emma grow up. Her confidence boosted, she became a lot more social, and her speech improved LEAPS and bounds. She does so great now talking and has really come out of her shell and introduces herself to any other child she has the chance to to see if they can be friends (even if it is just at the mall while the moms are looking at clothes).
Emma is auch an example to her mom. She has always had a bit of a temper, as we all do, and has only known to express it by letting out this awful sounding scream to let out the frustration. She never hits and usually goes to her room to scream like this, but it can be heard from outside, it is so bad. So this is where the example part comes in. I can honestly say that I can visibly see her everyday trying so hard to control her temper. She will start to get frustrated and start to take deep breaths and keeps repeating "mommy, I'm calm" or "mommy, I'm happy." That's hard for a grown up to do and she's only four. What a strong spirit. I know reading this probably doesn't give this incredible feeling of love, but I'm just so appreciative of her that I'm in tears as I type this. She's is constantly working on being better, and I only know this because whenever i talk to her about behaving a certain way and giving suggestions on how to do so...the very next day she is practicing those suggestions. I constantly find her in her room with a bible or book of mormon (the church kid version) and she will simply ask me to come sit down by her and read to her about Jesus. And she knows the first five Articles of Faith by heart. I have an awesome daughter.
Friday, September 14, 2007
Sunday, September 9, 2007
Today was such a great day I had to share really quickly. You know when you get away from your kids/husband for even an hour and some "me" time you just feel like a new woman? That was me today. I was asked to sing in a ward in Pasadena. I left my ward early and went up there thinking I would sing and slip out the back door and go home as soon as I was done. Well, first of all I got there (and this part is for Jon and Mandy) and Kip from Napolean Dynamite was in this ward so I got to talk to him. It so made me think of the Fairbanks and the Napolean crave we went through wanting to watch it constantly and learn the dance and all that. He looks absolutely NOTHING like the dork on the movie. I should have assumed that, I guess. Other than that, the speakers were Richard and Claudia Buschman. They are both authors of church books...one of them being the biography of Joseph Smith. Their talks were so awesome! It was incredible to sit through an entire Sacrament meeting and listen and feel the Spirit. I haven't done that for way too long. So I walked away feeling so refreshed and ready to come home and be a mom again.
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Jackson, on the other hand, is boy through and through. I love that kid. He is a handful, though. He is constantly climbing anything around...we wish we still had our climbing wall...and is so either brave or stupid that he does crazy things and only gets hurt part of the time. Thismorning he took a face dive on the cement when we were in the pool and has a good sized egg in between is eyes and two minutes later had blood gushing out of his big toe cause he somehow sliced it open and I had to put pressure on to stop the bleeding. Fortunately, as of Saturday, September 1st, we have incredible insurance so he can do whatever he wants now. Whew! And tonight when Jack got home, we got back in the pool and let him run around naked while we swam and of course after just bragging to a friend that we've never really had any big poopie incidences, he came over covered in what he had just dropped and rolled in and it was disgusting. Serves us right, I suppose.
Sunday, September 2, 2007
Jack got put in as Executive Secretary in our ward today. It seems that is his life calling. Our last two wards he has had that. Actually, i think he was ward clerk in the last. I don't remember. I just know he always has those Sunday meetings. The Bishop scared me, too. I've been the substitute chorister and did NOT want it to be permanent. I was snatched up to the Stake Primary Board as the music specialist and thought I was safe, but Bishop hinted to me last week he was going to extend a new calling and through a long story I won't share he said I was going to be permanent. So I spent a lot of time this week thinking about it cause he asked me to find out if I could handle this second calling. Well, to be honest, Jack is only in church MAYBE twice a month this year, and I'm going to be gone visiting other wards for at least two months out of the year, and I'm thinking, what in the world are my poor kids going to feel with me always leaving them alone on the pew? I was worried and went to the Bishop today and he more or less told me he was kidding about that calling and was thinking to put me somewhere else. Does anyone else get excited to get a new calling? Kind of weird that I do cause I'm terrible at magnifying them, I just get excited to know where I'm going to be put next.
It is killer hot in LA right now and our home only has AC units. Well, it is so hot I think it is bogging them down so they are blowing out warm air, which is nice because I like to pay for warm air, and I started to cook dinner (spare ribs, fresh pineapple, and red potatoes and carrots...sounded good to me) and put some stuff in the oven and and hour later pulled out the potatoes to check on them and I could touch the warm bowl and it didn't burn me. So our oven went out today, too. It was pretty awesome! I figure this is a good excuse to not have to cook meals. We're going tothe beach tomorrow morning. We've only gone a couple times since we've been here. I love being there early in the morning. It's so peaceful.
Jack gets Labor Day off since he works for the county and has call on Friday this week. That's the best day to have call cause he gets home Saturday morning so I only miss him one night. But then he has call on my birthday and then again on Emma's birthday. Crappy luck, heh! But I'm just grateful for this three day weekend.
My little brother got sent home from his mission on Friday. His mission was delayed a year because he screwed up his back. Well, he was in Houston, TX and playing basketball with the other elders and one of them came down on top of him and he couldn't move. Turns out he has a herniated disc in his midback and two bulging discs inhis lower. Ouch! I feel sorry for him, but I'm way excited to see him.
Emma starts school a week from tomorrow. I'm not that thrilled, to be honest. I am really going to miss her, but it will be good to have one one one time with Jackson. I know he's going to love it, although he will probably want to go to preschool, too!
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
1. Where did you meet your husband?
My second year at Utah State two wards were being split and some members taken to make a new ward. We got put together in the new ward. My first Sunday there, which was totally a meat fest for everyone, I was checking out his roommate and he was checking out my cause he thought I was a hottie. I think you'll find I was a jerk in the beginning of this whole thing, but he totally won me in the end and I came back begging. I played the piano that first Sunday and he thought that was great because he has always loved music.
2. What was the first thing you said to your husband?
Absolutely no idea...probably along the lines of "Hi, my name is Jami." At the time I was actually dating someone in Pocatello and had a crush on 3-4 other people in Logan. I never considered myself a player other than these couple of months out of my life. Jack asked me out SEVERAL times and I continually made up excuses that I was so busy then one day he simply said "when can you go out?" And I had to come up with something. So I told him (this was awful) I had 45 minutes between a class we could go to lunch together on a Tuesday afternoon.
3.Where was your first date?
We went to some pizza joint and he made me laugh so hard and I had so much fun with him. He will actually tell the story that I came up behind him and pushed his knee out from behind him and it hit the counter he was at really hard. I didn't know it hurt him. But he told me he had to go to the bathroom and I later found out that it hurt so bad he went into the ladies room (men's was taken) just to wait it out and probably rub it a little bit. I swear I was innocent.
4. Where was your first kiss?
At his house on a couch. Things literally started going so fast once I saw he was so awesome! After dating about a week and a half, we went to Provo to see my sister and her family then went to a Jazz game where I met his dad and sister. We had so much fun and later that night he was reading scriptures out loud to me and i couldn't hear a thing he was saying cause I was just looking at his lips...I already mentioned that stupid rule I had...so I think I told him I couldn't concentrate cause I just wanted to kiss him and asked if he would and it was awesome! He's always been a dang good kisser. He's got great lips!
5. Did you have a long or short engagement/courtship?
Soon after that (a week or two) we decided to get married, set a date (Jan 16, 2002), went ring shopping, announced to both sides of the family, then a few days later we had this blow up issue I won't share (there was no immorality though for you curious minds out there) and we said nevermind about getting married and thought we ought to do what we could to stay together for now. So we dated until he proposed on Oct 21, 2002 and then married in the Logan, Utah LDS Temple on December 19, 2002. All together 14 months from our first date. We fought hard to stay together. Our year of dating was the hardest year of my life. Usually I think the first year of marriage is hard, but we were so happy once we both felt committed and ready and marriage has been bliss since then!
6. Where did you get engaged?
He took me during the week of midterms up the canyon saying he just thought we needed to get away from the studying and stress and be together for a picnic. When we got to the predetermined spot he told me to go stand by some rock and wait for him cause he had to pee (the romance just flows out of him) (actually, Jack is very romantic...there were just complications) so I went over to the rock and turned around just in time to see him just bookin it up this mountain where we were going on this walk so I totally knew something was up. When he came back I could tell he was trying not to breathe hard, and we started our walk. No clue what we talked about, but we rounded a bend and there was 25 long stem roses on a rock with this nasty ribbon tied around it and a ring hanging from it. He untied the bow and asked if I recognized it. Only then did I realize it was his favorite shirt that I had never liked. He told me he cut it up and wanted me to know he would give up anything for me. He got nervous and hugged me for a second then got down on his knee and amongst many other spoken things asked me to marry him. I love my ring.
7. Where were you married?
Answered that one already. We wet everything up so perfect for us! I was the only bride getting married that day. Getting ready for the temple was fun. As I was getting my hair done I had a delivery of flowers with a note telling me he loved me and was excited to be married that day! So sweet! We had taken temple pictures the week before so when we were done we could go with everyone else to the luncheon, which was so fun because we got to talk with everyone. At some point we decided our luncheon would be of things that we did together. So we ordered Beto's breakfast burritos, pecan rolls, cinnamon rolls, fruit, and juice, and then we and our parents got behind the table we were sending everyone through so we could talk to everyone as we dished them up and it was a blast. Then I say my mom the song "SHE" and cried, and then Jack sang to me "Annie's song" by John Denver, and I cried again. We chose to have our reception the next night so on to hotel we went! It was fabulous!
8. How did the reception go?
So great! We had it in a church gym which is hard to do considering what you're dealing with. But everyone did such a good job! My best friend, Lyndsay, who lived in Nebraska flew out and also told me she was sorry for me that I had it in a gym, but when she walked in said she was so impressed! So apparently it was awesome. I sang a song to Jack called "I Dreamed of You" by Barbara Streissand and danced with my dad cried with so many friends and family. Lyndsay listened to the CD for the song and was able to just come up with the accompaniment for me. She's always been incredible! It meant so much to me that so many friends and family came! It was so laid back and fun!
9. How was the honeymoon?
I was tired!!! I thought is was just from finishing a semester at school and the wedding, but we found out just under a month later I was pregnant already. I pretty much slept through our honeymoon. The best part of it though was Carmel and Monterey, CA. We spent some nights there in this cottage hotel and had so much fun walking the beach and watching the sunset. I loved it!
Am I done yet? I think I'll tag Mandy and Natalie.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
2. I am horribly uncomfortable in crowds. So to make it worse...the way I deal with it is to make really stupid comments that make some laugh and others look at me like an idiot and that, unfortunately makes me feel worse!
3. I so believe in crazy voo-doo things like moving energy and healing through essential oils and stuff. Our last year and a half in Louisville I spent every other Wednesday night learning qui gong, one of many Asian forms of moving energy. I also have books on essential oils and use them on my family all the time. Jack is such a believer now!
4. I LOVE indian food. Going to the indian buffets at Kashmir and Shalimar in Louisville were one of my favorite date restaurants!
5. After childbirth, I lose baby weight quickly because of nursing...I also gain it back because of nursing (I think I can eat and eat and eat because I'm nursing).
6. I've had two C-Sections...the first by bad luck, the second because the doc on call did not have insurance to cover VBAC's. Both times I went through labor and was dialated to a seven. Both times my kids were in the birth canal and they had to pull them out.
7. Last but not least...I, for some strange reason, thought I should always wait three months when dating someone to kiss them. I told Jack my "rule" when we began dating and he said okay (what else was he supposed to say?), but after a little over a week I was screaming inside to kiss him and asked him to lay one on me!
I want to tag Gina, but I'm assuming it will be a while before she gets to blogging with baby and all (actually, I don't know if she has had her so if someone knows something, please share). So, instead I'll tag Julie Shipp and Kim Stohl. Have fun!