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My friend Grandma

December 29th, 2008 | Posted by Brinestone in Kids - (2 Comments)

Well, we just got back from our week-long vacation to Colorado to visit my family for Christmas. Highlights (and some lowlights), in chronological order:

1) My sisters held an eyebrow party, wherein they waxed and plucked mine to perfection. Boy, was that overdue.

2) To complete the makeover, I got a kickin’ new haircut. My mom and sister got theirs cut at the same time, but mine was the most drastic change. I fixed my sister’s bangs afterward and did a pretty good job, if I do say so myself.

3) My dad and I took a walk in the snow after dark with Lego getting pulled behind in a sled. Everyone enjoyed it. 🙂

4) My brother and sister, who are at BYU, talked a lot with my parents and me about dating and its perils.

5) There was a pretty table setting for almost every single meal.

6) I introduced my family to aebelskivers on Christmas Eve morning.

7) Lego got a cool fire truck from Santa, which he was really excited about.

8 ) As usual, we met the extended family at the YMCA in the mountains. Friday night was mafia night, and my uncles provided the snide commentary. It was a blast.

9) Also on Friday night, my parents, Granny, and I took Lego sledding. It was his first real exposure, and he loved it. I thought the hill would be too steep for him, but the only thing he complained about was stopping. I like that kid.

10) On the drive back, we hit a slick spot between Heber and Provo, fishtailed a few times, and eventually hit the side barrier. Nobody else was on the road, luckily, and we’re all fine, except for our car. At least we managed to drive it home.

All in all, it was a great trip. Very relaxing, which is just what the doctor ordered. When we left, Lego cried and repeated, “I didn’t want to leave. I wanted to have lots of fun with my friend Grandma.” Awww.

Twice in one month

December 8th, 2008 | Posted by Brinestone in Random Musings - (3 Comments)

Well, I said I don’t usually do these, but I was thinking the other night that I hadn’t blogged in a while, but I was drawing a blank as to what to write about. Not that nothing’s happening, but everything I thought of writing about was either too whiny or too personal. So here’s another one of those “fill in the blanks” posts that I found on my friend Ashley’s blog.

10 Years Ago:

  1. I was a junior in high school.
  2. I was heavily involved in music. I was in show choir and concert choir and chamber orchestra, and I took piano lessons, which involved multiple competitions.
  3. My favorite class was English, and my least favorite was precalculus.
  4. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life, other than be a mom.
  5. I had bangs. (I think I want to get a haircut with bangs again, but ones totally unlike those ones.)

Five Things on Today’s List of Things to Do:

  1. Get pictures taken of Duplo (yay!).
  2. Teach piano (two lessons).
  3. Do dishes.
  4. Do two loads of laundry.
  5. Straighten the house in preparation for lessons.

Five Snacks I Eat Often:

  1. Multigrain Cheerios, dry
  2. A peanut butter sandwich
  3. Fruit
  4. Chocolate in whatever form is around the house
  5. Granola bars

5 Things I Would Do If I Were a Millionaire:

  1. Buy a house.
  2. Pay for Jon Boy’s education and our living expenses during it.
  3. Save for the boys’ education.
  4. Replace my car with something better.
  5. Give some to charity or family who need it.

Five Places I’ve Lived:

  1. Utah
  2. Colorado
  3. Maryland
  4. Alberta
  5. Heaven

Five Jobs I Have Had:

  1. Technical writer
  2. Copy editor
  3. Database manager for a business media company
  4. Customer service agent for Kinko’s and Sears (two different, but similar, jobs)
  5. Server at Boston Market

If you haven’t done this one yet and want to, I tag you!