Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Thank goodness for nice people in the world

While driving home from our church Christmas party on Saturday, I noticed a police car behind me. I wasn't speeding and kept hoping he wouldn't find a reason to pull me over, but worried that I thought I had a tail light out. After a mile or so, I signaled to get over since I was approaching my turn, and he turned on his lights. AUGH! I was SHOCKED when he said he pulled be me over because I had SUSPENDED TAGS! I asked how that happened and he said it was because I missed my emissions test in November. Since we lived in Memphis, but kept our cars registered in Maryland, I can see why we might not have gotten the notice, even though we did renew the registration while in Memphis. Then, he asked for my license and registration--not normally a big deal. But, months ago, my glove box BROKE, and cannot be opened. Where is my registration you may wonder? That's right, in the glove box. I told the officer I had it in the car and explained the glove box problem, but that I would break the box open if he was going to give me a ticket for it! He said not to worry about it...and then was so so so nice and didn't give me the $140 ticket for suspended tags and the however many dollar ticket it would have been for no registration. AND, no ticket or fine for not having updated my address/license since moving in August (you’re supposed to do it within 30 days). Funny thing was I was already planning on going to the MVA on Monday for the new license. So one more stop was added to my trip for Monday, and I was so happy to have a nice officer help me discover the problem!
Monday comes and I take the car in, and learn that it was due for the emissions test in November 2007, and the tags were probably suspended sometime in February! WOW. I've been driving around with suspended tags for almost a year! The emissions guys didn't even charge me the late fee when I told them I never got my notice and didn't know to come in until I got pulled over. Well, thank goodness it passed and they were all so nice. I’m grateful that it all happened here where I could take care of it right away, rather than in Memphis. Plus, the whole time we were in Memphis I kept my license with our Greenbelt address--I was fortunate to not have been pulled over while we lived there!
My MVA experience was actually pleasant. Other than waiting for awhile, I got a friendly man (rather than the woman next to him who did not seem happy about her job) and he seemed happy to help. I think he was relieved that I had come prepared with necessary documents and I was relieved that he was kind! My license expires on my birthday next week so I had to be there, rather than the simple way of just changing my address online. You never know what to expect when going in, but I was happy when I walked out, and that’s more than I can say for my last MVA experience!
As for today, we took Evi in to the doctor for her late 18 month check up—she’s now 22 months. We moved right before she could have her check up and it’s taken this long to get her insurance up and going with a doctor and everything. So, she’s a little trooper. She had 2 shots in one arm, and blood drawn from the other. The shots were ok, but the blood draw hurt all three of us! I held her and Ron tried to distract her, but she did not like it one bit, and she squirmed and the nurse had to hold her arm down. Just as the nurse was taking the needle out, she yanked her arm away. I couldn’t watch because of how much I knew she hated it and it still makes me sad to remember it! But, like I said, she’s a little trooper and it didn’t seem to bother her at all the rest of the day. We still stopped on the way home to get her a frosty. We both felt like she deserved a treat after being poked and prodded by sharp needles!
Finals are in full swing and Ron turned one paper in already, has another due Friday, then a final to give and grade on Saturday, then this semester WILL BE OVER!!! The glory of the break will be short lived, however, because he’s registered for independent study during the break, and TAing an online course, so it will pick back up, but we will enjoy the reprieve.
Has Christmas snuck up on anyone else???

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

so much to say...

It has been so long since I've posted and it would just take entirely too long to write about everything. I went to Utah and had an amazing trip with my family. I love to be around them and it was so nice to soak up all the time I could with them. I also finally got a new computer after my old one died, and I've entered the laptop world thanks to a great deal on a refurbished computer. Now I am still figuring out some of the new features that the upgrade has to offer and trying to add and organize my backed up files.
Ron is busily getting to the end of his 1st semester. The work load is large and time is short, but we're almost there!
Evi is all sorts of fun. She's been sick off and on for the last couple of weeks, which is no fun, but it hasn't kept her spirits down. I took out our christmas decorations the other day and she enjoyed helping me take everything out of the box piece by piece, and then putting it all back in, piece by piece. She can be a good little helper. It's nice to finally decorate again after 2 years without. We took all of our Christmas decorations with us to Memphis and never even used them! The first Christmas, we had just moved the previous week and didn't bother setting up because it was already a mess of boxes. The next year, we were gone the entire month of December and it didn't make sense to decorate in November to get home in January to put it all away. So 2008 is our year to decorate our new house! *Note, if you're going to leave decorations in a box and ship on a moving truck in the hot and humid summer, more than once, don't put candles in the box! Needless to say, I found a candle in the box that will not be used anymore :).
There is so much more to write, but there's at least a little tidbit. Evi's nap times have been getting a little shorter lately, which means my productivity hours are starting to be limited, so I better get going and make the most of the rest of today's nap!
Hopefully I'll get more up here more frequently now!

Friday, November 7, 2008

need to hire a house painter?

After reading an e-mail today from my sister, Kristin, I had to post about her new house decorations.  They painted the front of the house gray and the trim and porch white.  The door was slated to be painted red.  Well, while she was away with one kid, the older two (16 and 15) decided red just wouldn't work for them.  

I wonder how long this will last before it gets painted red?  As bad a prank as this is to pull, I still laugh every time I think about it and see it!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Halloween Week

Thanks to Kris and her shopping skills, we had a halloween costume for Evi that was under $2. She found it last year after Halloween and it fit her perfectly this year. Although pink is not my favorite color, she looked adorable in her little leopard outfit. The picture from behind is see the tail at the back. Evi actually enjoyed wearing this outfit. It was warm and must of been comfy, because she didn't want to take it off! We went to our ward Halloween party and she was getting the hang of the "trick or treat" thing, and excited to get some candy. Friday came around and we thought it would be fun to dress her up again and go trick or treating with her cousins. So we drove up to Jenny's and went out with a mercinary, 2 spidermen and a ninja. The batteries died in my camera right when we were getting the group shot--but Jenny got one at least. Here is one though with Evi and Garret, one of the Spidermen.
She liked the decorations in this yard. The dog with his head underground was captivating! She thought it was especially interesting when it started passing gas!

Evi's first real Halloween was quite fun. The day after, we went to hike up Sugarloaf Mountain with Ron's Grandma, Uncle, Dad, and two cousins. Sadly, we left our camera at home and no one else had one! So I have no pictures to display, but I can report that the fall colors were beautiful. We borrowed a baby hiking backpack to carry Evi in, and it came in quite handy. She wasn't all that happy about being in it the whole time, but I was very glad to have it! The weather was actually warm and nice, there were lots of people out enjoying nature and all in all it was just a really great afternoon. Poor Evi didn't get her normal sleep all weekend, and here's a rare site of a tuckered out Evi--my non cuddler!

Monday, October 27, 2008

good hair

Evi's hair is finally getting long enough to play with, only now she can't stand to have anything done to it! One night after her bath, we had some fun and took pictures before she messed up her lovely 'do!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

time to update

On Friday 10/17, we took a family date to the Baltimore Aquarium to take advantage discount night: $8 tickets after 5pm. Evi was very cute walking from exhibit to exhibit. She would wave at the tank and say, “hi fish”, then as she walked to the next one, she’d wave and say bye. She pretty much waved at every tank, giving love to all the animals! At a turtle tank, Evi tried to kiss the turtle on the other side of the glass. In addition to the animals, she also loved to run up and down the ramps by the shark tanks and try to jump onto the moving walkways and escalators. We didn’t bring the baby harness (leash) we got, and we had to check the stroller, so we had some tears along the way from our curious little explorer. But for the most part, she really seemed to enjoy herself and the entire experience! I was happy to finally get to take her to the aquarium. The following Friday, 10/24, we spent a family day at the zoo. I had wanted to go to the zoo for some time now, and since it’s getting colder, it was time to make it happen! Ron switched his work for Friday to Saturday so he could go with us and made it all the better. We decided to drive rather than take the metro and figured we’d look for street parking; if none was available, we’d pay the $10 for parking. So we gave up easily at first to pay the parking fee, then it turned out that it was only $10 for the first hour, and $15 for up to 3 hours. We thought that was too much and went out to the street again and found a close spot in a 2 hour zone. So we ventured in the zoo and Evi loved to see the animals. Some of them were entertaining: there was a baby elephant playing with a ball—kicking it and running after it and throwing clumps of poo; 4 donkeys running and chasing eachother in their pen; and sea lions doing laps in their pool and flapping around. Evi enjoyed watching those things and seeing the other animals, but she also really liked to play with the Halloween decorations that were set up for the “Boo at the Zoo” event for later that evening! As we were leaving, we discussed that with a 20 month old, the two hour parking time limit was perfect, because she was getting tired and fussy, but we still saw a good amount of animals in the time we had. So all in all, it was a great trip to the zoo. We got to stop at Ron’s family’s bakery on the way home and saw Ron’s aunt and uncle. What a playground for a baby! She was too tired to realize the massive amounts of treats at her fingertips, but she had a few bites of a few things! Thanks to JoAnn and Jim for the mid day visit and that delicious bread we got to bring home!
As for the rest of our time since my last post, we’ve gone to our ward play group the last couple of weeks, and we also went to a friends 1st birthday/Halloween party. Evi dressed as a princess/bond girl, because her friend Spencer was dressed as James Bond, and also because we had a frilly dress! We spent some time visiting with Ron’s grandmother and tried to help her figure out her new GPS. Key word there is “tried”. I guess that ages me a bit, to know that I couldn’t simply open it up and know what to do, and constantly checked the books of instructions! When we left the house, the thing was plugged in to charge, but I really didn’t have that much figured out! I bet if Macy or Heather had been there (Ron’s cousins who are 10 and 13), it would have already been in the car and working! But I tried. I’m content with my simple cell phone and regular features on a computer!
It’s been a busy couple of weeks and we’re looking forward to some more fun. In one more week, Evi and I get to go to Utah to visit my parents and sisters! Yahoo! I found a great deal to make it possible to even go and we’re looking forward to the fun.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008


Ok, no, I did not win my race. But, I ran the Baltimore 1/2 marathon on Saturday and it was my own personal victory! By signing up for it, my goal was to finish it, because at the time I could not imagine being able to run that far/long. I had another personal victory when I finished in 2:00:43. I thought I'd finish in 2:30, so I was pleased! Here are some highlights:
~Awesome crowd support! People of all walks of life out on the street cheering people on. Some of them clearly were cheering for friends, but most were cheering for strangers. For me. About 15 mintues in when I ran past a police officer and a crowd who were all cheering, I got teary eyed thinking about the good people in the world. I looked at my watch and told myself to pull it together because it was only the beginning! Ha!
~Towards the end of the race, a college aged guy in a nicer Baltimore neighborhood was cheering us on and said, "good job guys! Only one more bad neighborhood to go through!" It got a laugh out of the pack I was in.

~Making friends with a nice older guy, in his 60's-70's, who was running the MARATHON. I am in awe at his determiniation and stamina. We only chatted for a minute, and I didn't get his name or even see him again, but my hat is off to him. I can still picture him running. Good for him.

~ALL of the marathon runners. I applaud them all, and again, I am in awe of all of them for their training and endurance.

~Volunteers handing out water and snacks along the way. Maybe half way in, I had the best banana of my life! Thank you for you help!

~The almost eerie sound of thousands of feet pounding the pavement where there were no crowds and no talking. All I heard was feet. Kind of a strange thing.
~The last bit of the race going through Camden Yards and seeing the stadium and taking in the beauty that is Oriole Park.

~Running this race with Courtney. Although we didn't always get to train together and during the race we got separated some, still, we did it together. As much as it was an individual thing for both of us, still, it was together. That probably doesn't make any sense, but I guess it's there for my memory!
~The finish line. The feeling of accomplishement and joy as soon as I crossed it. The embrace with Courtney when we had both finished our 13.1 mile challenge!

~To sum up, it was such a high to run in this race! Awesome awesome experience. The packs of people and the crowds and the volunteers, every bit of it was amazing. I set a goal and reached it and couldn't be happier about the experience.

Ron and Ryan came with Evi and Spencer to meet us. They were expecting us to finish later than we did (so did we actually), so they were at the finish line, but we think we finished before them. Ron said he was ready with the camera for 40 minutes, but I'm afraid he didn't get any shots of either of us running! So, at the end in our "reunion zone", we got our staged shot, Courtney and Me, running together! We look like cheeseballs, I know, but we were pretty happy after finishing!

What's a trip by Camden Yards without a picture with Cal? Ok, so he couldn't make it, but we got his statue! Evi's first Cal moment :).

Friday, October 10, 2008

Saints, Sinners, and Christian History - The Contradictions of the Christian Past

My Dad's book is offically published! He started this effort over 20 years ago, writing and publishing the book himself. I am happy to report that Saints, Sinners, and Christian History-The Contradictions of the Christian Past has now been published by Cedar Fort Press. So I wanted to take a moment to congratulate my dad, and to spread the word that the book is now out and available through the Cedar Fort website, and it should also be carried at This is the Place if you're in the DC area. Please pass this on to anyone who might be interested!

Brief Synopsis of the book:
Tradition dictates that around AD 33, as the Roman Empire slowly decayed, a new religion rose to prominence: Christianity. Two thousand years later, Christianity stands triumphant as one of the greatest religions on earth. It teaches love, peace, and acceptance - but its rise to prominence was fraught with just the opposite.
In the early centuries after the death of Christ, Christianity was a seething cauldron of contradictions and compromise, corruption and convenience. As the leaders of state tried to weave this new religion into their agendas and their subjects' lives, elements of legend, paganism, and personal philosophy became imbedded with truth.
Saints, Sinners, and Christian History takes a careful look at the history of Christianity, a history full of war, murder, lies, and immorality. As evil men performed evil acts in the name of Christ, many true elements of Christianity were lost, while others survived - but how? What steps did men, both saints and sinners, take in their quest to build Christianity? This book will bring you to a better understanding of present Christianity as you uncover its past.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Evelyn and Spencer

Little lovebirds. First, Evi kissing Spencer. Then, Spencer going in for the kill--notice the hand on the leg! Then he got her, then she just wanted some cuddle time :).

I also tried to upload a video clip, but I can't ever seem to get it to work. Is there a trick to uploading videos? Whenever I try, it takes forever and then tells me it won't work. Am I missing something? Sorry you don't get to see the video of the little flirts, but the pictures will have to do for now :).

Sunday, October 5, 2008

one more

I broke up the posts today to shorten them. I guess I should update this more often to avoid that problem. Last night I went to see Jenny and her boys. Too much time has passed since we've seen them we needed to fix that. It was so nice to be there and spend time with them. It's clear that Evi loves to be with her cousins and they really interact well together. I'm glad Jenny doesn't mind too much when I just want to come hang out for awhile!
Since Ron never posts anything, I'll write for him. Last night on his way home from the priesthood session of conference around 10, he got a call from his mom that his aunt and cousins were in town just that night and to stop by if he could. I've never met them and he hasn't seen them in about 10 years, so he was really glad to get to go by. It was a chance opportunity and I know they all had a great time catching up.
This morning we had a breakfast brunch with some friends to start out the day. I say breakfast brunch because it was brunch for the early birds of the group, but breakfast to us at 9am :). It was so much fun to eat and laugh and visit together with our friends. Excellent food, great company and an overall great way to start out the day. Thanks to Emily and KC for hosting all of us and putting in all the preparation for the meal! What a good idea! We left there to go watch General Conference with Ryan and Courtney since we didn't have it at our house and enjoyed the messages delivered, and am grateful for them.
We pretty much spent the rest of the day with Ryan and Courtney. After Evi and Spencer had their naps, they had some fun playing together. I played connect 4 with Sami and had forgotten how much fun it could be. We also met up with Molly and Nathan outside for a bit in between the 2 conference sessions. Thanks to all our friends and family who made us smile. I really enjoyed the weekend and was glad to have good people to share it with!

Minor meltdown and other fun

This week I watched a friend’s 5 month old baby girl for a couple of hours. Evi loves babies and was enjoying the time with the “beebee”; kissing her and sharing toys with her. All the sweetness went out the door when it was time for a bottle. I don't know if it was because I was using Evi's boppy pillow, or if it was the mere fact that I was cradling another baby (or some of both?), but Evi did not like it. She tried to take the bottle away from the baby, she tried to lay next to the baby on the boppy, and the poor girl cried and cried. Meanwhile, the baby is fine and sucking down her milk like nothing was going on. I got Evi her cup with milk to try to ease her discomfort, and I put her right next to me so I could cuddle her too, but that only worked for a little bit. As soon as the bottle was finished, though, she was content again. It was a sad meltdown moment, but luckily, one that has passed. I’m watching the baby again this week, so we’ll see how it goes on the second round!
On Friday I had a picnic with some friends at the National Arboretum. It was a beautiful sunny day and the kids all enjoyed running around while the ladies did some socializing. It was really nice to have the time and ability to do something like that. It was also a perfect day to stop at Rita’s on the way home :). They close for the winter November 2nd, so I don’t mind taking advantage of nice days with a cool treat!
In other news…my computer has officially died :( . It’s fixable, but not worth it for what I could get a more recent refurbished computer for. The positive thing is that it looks like I’ll be able to get all the files from it because the hard drive is still in tact, but sad that it went out on me!
Below are pictures of some recent fun.
Visit from Evin, Mia and Shelby. Evi was kissing Shelby, but I missed the shot. Still cute though.

Some of the promised family time photos with the Humphries visit. We finally got our 4 generation picture with Evi, Ron, Grandma, and Great Grandma and Grandpa. Plus, a cute one of Great Grandpa reading Evi.
Spaghetti face--after letting Evi feed herself dinner. Evi in our gravel yard. Eyes closed, but having a blast!

Evelyn Lee

Running free at the National Arboretum
I want to post a report on Evi for our family and friends far away, and for my journaling purposes.
She is saying several words and also doing many signs. She seems to have adjusted well to our move and has learned her new space and surroundings well. We have a park across the street and she loves to play there, but she also loves to play in the gravel next to our driveway. The other day, she was making a little rock garden on the other side of the driveway—she would pick up some rocks and carry them around the car to an upside-down tub for a surface and place them there, then repeat the process. When we went inside (abruptly because of an aggravated bee), there were 7 or 8 rocks resting in her little “garden”. She seems to have Grandpa’s love for rocks already. We have to get this girl on a rock hunting trip! Thanks to Coach Daddy, she’s ready for soccer or softball, through kicking and throwing practice, but we’re still working on the catching! She loves dogs, squirrels, birds, any animal really. When she sees trash on the ground, she wants to pick it up and put it in the trash can. She is extremely friendly and will usually wave to everyone we pass. She really seems interested in trucks, and whenever she sees one she points it out to me. Ok, I think that’s a good sum up for now. Hopefully we’ll get out to Utah sometime soon so we can spend time with our family out there!
Here are some of her words and signs. I’m probably missing some, so I guess this is a work in progress.
Thank you
All done

Cheez = Cheese
tshuz = Shoes
Tox = socks
Juuce = juice
piZZa : emphasis on the z’s
Mommy, mama
Daddy, dada
Beebee = Baby
Dawdy = doggie
All don = all done
All don = all gone
tash = trash
Feesh = Fish
duc = Truck
aargh = what a pirate says (we're still working on it, but she's mostly got it)
Courtney said that she heard Evi say tonight, “please have some” after I prodded her to say please. So maybe she’s doing more than I thought!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

long runs and childhood memories

I went on the longest run of my life today. I couldn't tell you the exact distance, but I went for 2 hours, and had lots of time to think along the way. As I was going on this new route for me, I remembered that I tend to go slower when I am somewhere new. I should have thought of that last night when I was on the computer looking up new places to run! I just kept having to remind myself to pick it up and go faster. The bulk of my run was through the agricultural farm in beltsville so I got to see (and smell) some cows along the way!

Mom and Amy, this memory is for you if you're reading this! Part of my run took me on a road that I lost a brush on many years ago! My family all knows this story, for those who don't, I'll humor you with the experience. We were driving through the Ag. Farm on Powder Mill Road. I would say I was somewhere between 8-10 years old, but I'm not sure. I had a brush--MY brush, and Amy wanted it. I think she claimed that it was hers but we couldn't agree whose it was. It was a little purse/pocked sized brown brush, perfect for a little girl to admire and keep as her own. I wouldn't let her have it, and we proceeded to bicker back and forth, most assuredly driving my poor mother crazy. Well, as I remember, the windows were down and we kept arguing about whose it was, and then mom leaned back, took it from me, threw it out the window and said, "it's no ones brush now". Now, I can laugh at the story. Then, I was traumatized; not only did I lose that cool brush, but mom littered in the process! In fact, for a long time after that day, every time we drove on Powder Mill Road through the ag. farm, I looked out the window for my missing brush. So today as I jogged on that road, I thought about my brush and a smile came to my face. You know, it probably wasn't either of ours--it was probably one that was our moms that we both claimed. Thanks for that memory to Mom and Amy, because with time, it has become a happy memory rather than a sad one at the loss of my brush!

So then I kept running until I hit my goal time. Like I said, not sure on the distance, but I'm pleased that I could actually keep going that long. Two more weeks and I'll really be put to the test. I'd invite any and all to come to the race on the 11th, but I just found out that there are 20,000+ runners, so I can only imagine the mass amounts of chaos that I will find myself in. Not looking forward to the crowds, but I'm getting excited about the rest!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Family Time

Tonight we went to dinner with Ron's grandparents and parents. At Chevy's they sing to you for your birthday and give you a sombrero and ice cream. Richard mentioned to our server that Ron's grandfather's birthday was coming up, so we got graced with a song. The words are: "Happy happy birthday, from all of us to you, we wish it was our birthday, so we could party too!" We heard the song about 5 times tonight--I'm sure the servers got sick of all the birthdays.
After dinner, we came back to our little home to hang out and play scattergories. Company is a good motivator to get your place in order; I should have had people over a month ago! In the last couple of days I have finally opened the last of our boxes and gotten some pictures hung up. There is still more to do, of course, but I'm glad it's finally feeling more like our home. We had a good time playing and visiting. Evi enjoyed having all the people around and was such a friendly little girl.
Speaking of my little girl....since I just checked on her in bed, I am thinking about how precious she is. Whenever I see her sleeping I just want to scoop her up and hold her or lay down next to her. Since she isn't much of a cuddler, I savor the quiet moments that I do get with her, and I guess watching her sleep gives me that same good feeling.
Well, I haven't uploaded any of our most recent family pictures yet, but here are some fairly recent pictures.
This is what I had the pleasure of seeing when I walked out of the house where I was babysitting. Their house is on the market, anyone interested?
I think we need to get Evi a wider bed--we often see her positioned like this!
Labor Day: Evi's first time on a boat. I wasn't on the ride with them, but apparently she did ok. After not getting enough sleep the night before, the motion and sounds lulled her to sleep! She absolutely did not want to get in the water once she was awake though.
Yes, she is sitting in a trash can. She climbed in and thought it was a fun little seat made just for her. She quite enjoyed it until it tipped over.
Trash can with a swim cap. Oh, parents do funny things to their children, don't they?

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Just keep running....

On goes the 1/2 marathon training and I'm shocking myself at the fact that I can actually run some distance! This week I hit the 9 mile marker and next week I'll go for 10. Yikes. I have 3 weeks until the race on October 11th and I think the training is right on. I've been told that if I can do 10 in training, then I'll be able to do the 13 on race day. Pretty cool. So on we go and I'm shocking myself on nearly every jog. I'm glad that I have something that I'm doing for me. Although Evi accompanies me in her jogging stroller on most of my jogs, I really am glad that I have this. If I can actually cross the finish line on October 11, my goal is reached and I'll be the happiest girl around!
As for the rest of life, we are keeping busy. Ron works hard all day at his school work. Teaching and reading and learning. They don't waste any time in his program, and why would they? Once they're this deep into school, they're serious enough and the professors don't shy away from the assignments.
I did the two weeks of teaching the water aerobics class and enjoyed it. The class I taught was mostly people who have been coming for years so I could have been under a world of judgement with the instruction. But, they all seemed to enjoy the routines and it seems like I passed! Hopefully I'll still get to fill in once in awhile, since I enjoyed being there.
I also spent the last two weeks watching a neighbors little girl. It wasn't the best situation, but I guess I could consider it a learning experience.
This week Ron's grandparents are visiting from Utah and we went to spend some time with them tonight. It was the first time in Evi's short 19 months that we have had all 4 generations in the same place. I've had Ron's grandparents with Ron and Evi, and Ron's Mom with Ron and Evi, but never all of them. So tonight, I got a picture, but I haven't uploaded it yet. I'm sure you'll all be on the edge of your seats until then! Ron's sister and her family were there also and we had a great time all around.
Our computer is still broken :(, but I'm adjusting to laptop life. I have to say that I prefer a nice clunky desktop to a laptop. However, it is awfully nice to sit here on my bed as I type. Who knows, maybe I'll come around afterall.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Class of '97

♫ On a hilltop high above us, the symbol of our fame......♪
Last weekend we went to a get together with some of my friends from High Point. Gabe was our organizer and the last time we were able to get together with everyone was his wedding in December, so it was once again time to catch up with whoever could come. This is yet another reason why it's nice to be back in town! Our class did have a 10 year reunion last fall, but I heard it wasn't the most fun night. Our numbers weren't huge, but the laughs were and a fantastic time was had by all. Thanks to Gabe and Silpa for hosting us and providing such a fun night for everyone. Evi cuddled more with Silpa than she would with Ron or me, and she found buddies in Neil and Tony! We had a late night and Evi was quite the trooper, laughing and entertaining everyone as we went along! Oh, and my picky eater kept sneaking samosa (is that spelled right?); a super yummy Indian food which Silpa made for all of us. I didn't offer any to Evi, thinking she wouldn't touch it. Maybe that was the trick cause she had 3 or 4 pieces! Here are some pictures of our fun night.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

computer woe's

My computer is temporarily out of order and thus my computer time is limited, yet again. It is being looked at and I'm hoping for the best. In the meantime, here's our update.
*I did something crazy. I signed up to run a 1/2 marathon (13 miles) in October with my friend Courtney. My longest run so far has been about 8 1/2 miles. Holy Cow! This is coming from someone who has never been a runner!
*Our house is slowly and surely coming together. I would love to put up some pictures, but I have to get it put together more before I can do that!
*I started teaching water aerobics at the pool 3 days a week. Well, 3 days a week but only for 2 weeks. After that, I'll be a sub I think. But it's been fun so far!
*I also started watching a neighbor's child 3 days a week. It's good for Evi to have someone to play with (the little girl is 2 and Evi is a year and a half), and it keeps us busy. So far, Evi doesn't nap as well when we're at their house, but hopefully we can adjust to the new surroundings and still keep our good sleeper.
*Ron has now had one full week of classes. Things are going well and he's definitely keeping busy. He is teaching 3 discussion sections of a Knesiology lecture class, but also gets to teach basketball two days a week and loves to play with the class when he can.
*Evi is Miss Independent, still. She is saying more and more words and doing more signs as well. She loves to say, "cheese"; in reference to smiling or eating cheese (which she loves also). She loves to pretend to talk on the phone. Phones, cell phones, or any toy that she might hold up to her ear to pretend it's a phone. She really loves books all of the sudden and can't seem to get enough time reading. She climbs into the chair in her room and pulls books off the shelves and flips through them, very much focused on the pages. One last thing, she loves to dance! Any kind of music, she bobs along to it. She is super cute and I love to watch her grow!
*One last thing about what's new with us........I am the new young women president in our ward. Wow! So, I guess the nearly 3 years I did the same thing in Carrollton Ward was preparation for now! I had 2 years off, now I'm back on.
Hopefully I can get my computer fixed soon and then I won't wait forever inbetween updates!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Wedding Day Fun

On Sunday afternoon, Ron’s best friend Carlos married his sweetheart, Erika. I took Evi with me and tried to plan the day very carefully, giving her time for a nap in between church and the wedding. I think she played more than slept, though, and when I went in to get her, I was greeted by her bare bottom! She has figured out her diaper and I didn’t leave her diaper cover on under the dress she was wearing. Luckily, or I should probably say, amazingly, there was nothing to clean up when I got her up!
Anyway, back to the wedding. Carlos and Ron grew up together and pretty much spent most of their time together. Ron was his best man, just as Carlos was for Ron 5 years ago, and it was so great to be there with them on their wedding day. It was to neat to see Ron standing there supporting his best friend. Through moves and distance and lots of changes, Carlos and Ron have remained close and that’s why it was so neat for me to see them standing up there, side by side. The whole best man/maid of honor thing is pretty meaningful if you think about it. At least it seemed like it to me watching Ron walk behind Carlos in full support of him. It was a good day.
As for Evi, due to the lack of sleep, she didn’t really want to sit still for the whole ceremony, but we ran around the back a bit without being too disturbing! The ceremony was great and Erika looked beautiful. Carlos and Erika are such caring people, always with smiles and love to share and I was so glad to be there for their day. The reception was lots of fun; Carlos and Erika seemed to have a great time, and Evi had other kids to play with, and really, it was just a great celebration of their marriage! Ron did some Michael Jackson dancing, which I must say I have NEVER seen. But I guess you get him with the right people and he lets loose!
Ron had to stay and I thought I knew how to get home from a spot in downtown Silver Spring, but instead, I got my welcome back to Maryland moment by missing my turn and ending up in DC…twice! At least I was in the upscale part of town so I didn’t have as much to worry about. But all was well and I found my way. Evi slept the entire time so it didn’t really mess her up at all. How did I know I was in DC: the ‘cheap’ gas was $3.94 a gallon! I felt a little silly losing my way, but can I use the excuse that I’ve been gone for the last 2 years????
Long day, but quite fun. Congratulations to Carlos and Erika! Love you both.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

I love the Junkyard

This post is a bit random, but that’s what we’re entitled to with blogs, right? Ever since I got into the world of blogging, I have reminisced about the past as I’ve been reconnecting with old friends and re-living some of my fond memories. I have especially thought about my freshman year at BYU-Hawaii. That was such a life changing experience for me and I had so many positive experiences that year. I went in knowing no one, and had taken one of the few remaining spots in an off campus house because the dorms were full. The house was appropriately nicknamed “the junkyard” by the look of it, and the “yard”, was more like a dirt path, later covered with gravel. I even wrote an essay about our house for my freshman English class and I remember writing something about how the junkyard is a home--thanks to the awesome girls who lived there with me! I was the only freshman in a house full of sophomores and a junior and they nicknamed me “little one”; our house song was dancing queen by abba, and I still think of them to this day every time I hear that song; one of the roaches we caught in our house won a race on campus (I couldn’t watch because those bugs sicken me—but we did get a trophy for the win); Stephi and Katie (I think) bought a car that some of the doors didn't open and the winshield wipers didn't work, and they ran out of spray paint half way through so it was two colors, but it got from point A to point B....and the memories could go on. Aaahh, I won’t go into too many details or memories because then we’ll be here all night. But I will say that with all the not-so-good things about the physical aspects of the house, including our constant nasty giant roaches, the Junkyard was one of my favorite places to live! So to Kimi, Steph, Katie, Amy, Kristi, Jessi, and Merrilee (and many other friends too!): thanks for some awesome memories. The Junkyard holds a special place in my heart!