Saturday, June 28, 2008

I love the heat and everything...

But 93 degrees on the second floor with no air conditioning is a little on the miserable side.

It could be worse. It could be 60 degrees outside.

Friday, June 27, 2008


So I really want to get married. Tomorrow would be fine, I've no plans. Just for beans, here are my fundamental requirements for my future eternal lover:
1. He'll take me to the Temple on our wedding day, where we'll then be sealed for time and all eternity.
2. He'll take home enough $$ to make me a stay at home mom, even now, with my two kids.
3. His personal integrity will be like unto Job's. He won't lie to me or cheat on me, okay?
4. I'll be his favorite person to be with, and he mine; he'll spend all the time with me that I need.
5. He'll let me rub his feet (okay, this is negotiable I suppose, but I really like rubbing feet.)
6. He'll lead our family in family prayer, scripture study and FHE, and church attendance.
7. He's just good. Virtuous, lovely, of good report and praiseworthy. I do expect the same from myself.
8. He will honor the priesthood which he'll hold.
9. He'll cherish me. Forever.
10. He'll love my kids as his own, maybe not right away, but he'll make that effort right away.

That's all I can think of for fundamentals. Now the fun stuff. If I could dream up the most incredible, impossible man, this is he:
He's tall
He can sing
He's very, very intelligent
He's an RM
He speaks another language, preferably Spanish
He has a large family, which he is very close to
We'll live in the Treasure Valley
He'll make like 80k a year
And we'll use it to help so many people
He'll agree to foster parenting
He's buff
He looks hot in a cowboy hat, but he's not so much a cowboy
He'll immediately love Anna and Matthias as his own
He'll make me laugh ever day
He'll take me out on weekly dates
He'll send/bring me flowers just because
His mother is awesome
He's SO romantic
He's compassionate toward other people
He's very kind
He's sensible
He won't make fun of me when I cry
He'll hold me when I cry
He's an outstanding kisser
He doesn't like TV
He hates computer shoot em up games, or at least plays them in moderation
He likes to camp
He'll encourage my writing
He'll be so proud of me, proud to be in my life
He'll listen and hear me
He'll play card/board games with me
He cooks. A lot.
His credit is outstanding
He's a lawyer
He respects his elders
He'll adore my family and want to spend every holiday with them. (negotiable)
My dad will dig him
Of course my kids will love him. This one is fundamental.
He has a boat
He's a hard worker but likes to be lazy sometimes
He'll take out the trash

Well, I could go on forever, but if he sees this after we're married, I don't want him to feel too inadequate. :D Please know that I'll be a little more lenient than this list implies. :) I'll love him even if he's not a lawyer.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Job Interview

I finally have a job interview! Tomorrow morning, in Idaho Falls, at Standard Plumbing and Supply. Seriously. What, ya'll didn't know I'm a certified plumber? Of course I'm not. They're hiring for their showroom. If I get the job, I'll be showing and selling facets. Thrilling. Absolutely thrilling! "Yes, this would really go well with your bathroom. You will not be disappointed. Sure, it's a little spendy, but the quality is outstanding, and think of what your friends will say!"


Anyway, a customer of mine from Cash Store works for the company and mentioned that there are some stores this way. I'd asked him if they'd hire me as a receptionist and he said they'd probably put me in the showroom. I asked if it was sales? Yes, said he. Bleh. Commission? I asked. Yes, said he. Worse. I expressed my extreme disinterest in commission jobs and he explained they also would pay a base wage. I said "well would the base be at least $11 an hour?" Yes, said he. Really? 11 an hour plus commission? Worth a try I guess. So I tried yesterday. The one in Rexburg is not hiring but he faxed my resume to the IF one and I got a call this morning. Interview tomorrow. Wish me luck!

Monday, June 23, 2008

Anna's New Bike!

Well, she did it! Anna slept in her own bed through the whole night for 28 nights. More, actually. I'm quite impressed. So I had to follow through on my word and I got her a bike. It took me forever to find it. Finally found it at Fred Meyer. They don't assemble their kids bikes though, so I had to assemble it. I'm getting tired of assembling things. Anna is very excited about her bike.

It's pretty cute. I dig the streamers out the handle bars.

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Various Summer Activities

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Matthias has been Tagged!

Eleven things about my boy (who is 3 years old):

1. He's not potty trained (it's the first thing that comes to mind, is that bad or what?!)
2. He can spell his name and his sister's name.
3. He hates pickles!
4. His favorite song is Spongebob's "Best Day Ever." He'll listen to it near the CD player several times over. Very cute.
5. At random times severally through the day and for no reason that I can see, he'll say, "Mom.... I love you."
6. He ADORES his big sister. Idolizes her, mimics her, wants to be just like her (much to the oblivion of Anna)
7. His favorite show is Max and Ruby -- or maybe Barney (JOY)
8. He can deliver some pretty serious temper tantrums. In a contest world wide, he'd be a finalist.
9. He's very, very moody.
10. He loves, loves, loves to sing. Especially the song "Hallelujah" (from Shrek. I recorded myself playing it on the piano and he's constantly pushing "play." He gets all upset if he accidentally hits "record" instead, which erases the previous recording.)
11. He loves loud machines (i.e. motorcycles, airplanes, big trucks, etc.)

Matthias tags Kaien (if someone could kindly let Christine know, I'm curiously unable to view her page...)

Anna's Been Tagged!

Eleven things about Anna, who is 4.5 years old (excluding things which might appear biased):
1. She can spell many words and knows what letter almost every word begins with.
2. She just loves church
3. She loves all other children and considers them her friends immediately, regardless of age (up to about 10), race, religion, language spoken, or where she "meets" them, or anything else that others might consider a friendship barrier.
4. She is a very obedient child, which brings me such joy! She's residually obedient, even. Like, if I tell her no she can't do something one time, (like cross the street w/o a grownup or something else fundamentally important) she'll remember it the next time and say something like "I can't do that."
5. She really, REALLY wants a bike (and is getting one this weekend!)
6. She can add any two numbers, so long as each number is less than 5.
7. She loves to sing
8. She loves to dance
9. She loves to play in water
10. She has the sharpest imagination I've ever encountered: Her feet have separate personalities. She constantly plays with her cousin Danielle, who lives in another state. She sleds down hills in the summer on the sidewalk. Santa goes grocery shopping with us, and even swimming (wearing orange swim trunks that he looks great in). She makes soup in the bathroom sink (I used to do this too!). Her imagination may just be my favorite thing about her.
11. She's not so much a fan of sharing.

Anna tags Emmy (Christine, are you out there?)

Life in Rexburg

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The Move

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Well photobucket has ceased to be, which depresses me sufficiently. I've found this smilebox thing and it's pretty cool but I can't figure out how to add captions --- so here are some captions:

the first few pics are cleaning up and moving. Jason asking "Where do you want me to pack this?" about a stick. I had several people help out which was great. There's Anna and Matthias on the last hour in that apartment where we've lived for a year, drinking the soda I'd bought for my helpers. The trailer depicted held my every last possession with room to spare. It's my dad's. He, Mom, Jaybo, Cameron and Casey and myself all rode in the parents' Expedition pulling the trailer to Rexburg. I left the kids with a friend because I was coming back -- had to work the next day one last time. So the goofy picture of Jaybo wearing two seatbelts is during that trip.

Then there's my apartment. Isn't it cute? I live in the top right unit. Then there are some pictures of various rooms, one of my family putting together Anna's bed for me (thank you!), one of myself thinking who knows what. But... I dig that photo because it's the first photo of me since before my first childbirth that I didn't think, "Oh my gosh, I'm SO fat." I'm only a little bit fat. :D

Here's another one (this one let me do captions):

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