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One Word Answers

It’s MONDAY! I’ve never started a meme before, so I figured why not. Thanks to QT for sending me this in an email!

The Rules: Easy. Write a one-word answer to each of the questions below.

Where is your cell phone? Charging
Your significant other? Sensitive
Your hair? Clean
Your mother? Amazing
Your father? Hardworking
Your favorite thing? Family
Your dream last night? Swimming
Your favorite drink? Whiskey
Your dream/goal? Grandma :-)
What room are you in? Family
Your hobby? Sports
Your fear? Childless
Where do you want to be in 6 Yrs? Here
Where were you last night? Recliner
Something that you aren’t? Thin
Muffins? Blueberry
Wish list item? Motorcycle
Last thing you did? Exercise
What are you wearing? Fleece
TV? Rarely
Your pets? Duma
Friends? Irreplaceable
Your life? Wonderful
Your mood? Content
Missing someone? Always
Drinking? Sometimes
Smoking? Never
Your car? Spotless
Something you’re not wearing? Makeup
Your favorite store? Target
Your favorite color? Green
When is the last time you cried?  Today
Who will respond to this? Pam
Where do you go to over and over? BW3
Five people who email me regularly? Taunya, Hubby, MIL, Mom, Riana
My favorite place to eat? Home
Place I’d like to be at right now? Snowboarding

I’m tagging Pam, Mama Smurf, Leeann, and Ami. Play along if you like and let me know if you do so I can come check it out :-)

I Choose . . .

. . . to post fluff today :-)

  • Tom Hanks over Tom Cruise
  • Avoidance over Confrontation (depends on the day and the issue, though)
  • Mexican food over Chinese food
  • Early Mornings over Late Nights
  • Beer over Wine at the baseball game . . . Wine over Beer in a hot bath (Whiskey over anything!)
  • NBC over CBS
  • Sweet over Salty (although Sweet AND Salty is yummola!)
  • Mountain over Beach
  • Chocolate over Vanilla
  • Dogs over Cats
  • Mistakes Made over Missed Chances
  • Lip Gloss over Lipstick
  • JK Rowling over JRR Tolkien
  • Milk Chocolate over Dark Chocolate
  • Football AND Hockey :-)
  • Cake over Pie
  • Half Full over Half Empty
  • Sense of Humor over Sense of Style
  • Wheel of Fortune over Jeopardy
  • Pro-choice over Pro-life
  • Pop over Iced Tea
  • The Breakfast Club over Dirty Dancing
  • French Toast over French Fries
  • Cinderella over Belle
  • Small Town over Big City
  • The Olypmics over The Oscars
  • Too Cold over Too Hot
  • Ketchup over Mustard
  • Caesar Salad over House Salad
  • Books over Movies
  • Manicures over Pedicures
  • White Wine over Red Wine
  • John Cusack over John Malkovich
  • Apples over Oranges
  • Fast Cars over Big Trucks
  • Elliptical over Treadmill
  • Summer over Winter
  • Time with Girlfriends over Time Alone
  • Vacuuming Floors over Mopping Floors
  • Snowboarding over Skiing (I had to add this one of my own at the end)

How about you? What do you choose? Lemme know if you play!

Have or Have Not

Leeann did this and I thought it would be fun :-) All the thing’s I have done are in bold. Those I have not are regular.

  1. Slept under the stars
  2. Been a part of a hockey fight
  3. Changed a baby’s diaper
  4. Watched a meteor shower
  5. Given more than you can afford to charity
  6. Swam with wild dolphins
  7. Climbed a mountain
  8. Held a tarantula
  9. Said “I love you” and meant it
  10. Bungee jumped
  11. Visited Paris
  12. Watched a lightning storm at sea
  13. Stayed up all night long and watched the sun rise
  14. Seen the Northern Lights
  15. Gone to a huge sports game
  16. Walked the stairs to the top of the Statue of Liberty
  17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
  18. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
  19. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
  20. Had a pillow fight
  21. Bet on a winning horse
  22. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
  23. Built a snow fort
  24. Held a lamb
  25. Gone skinny dipping
  26. Taken an ice cold bath
  27. Had a meaningful conversation with a beggar
  28. Seen a total eclipse
  29. Ridden a roller coaster
  30. Hit a home run
  31. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
  32. Adopted an accent for fun
  33. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
  34. Felt very happy about your life, even for just a moment
  35. Loved your job 90% of the time
  36. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
  37. Watched wild whales
  38. Gone rock climbing
  39. Gone on a midnight walk on the beach
  40. Gone sky diving
  41. Visited Ireland
  42. Ever bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
  43. Visited India
  44. Bench-pressed your own weight
  45. Milked a cow
  46. Alphabetized your personal files
  47. Ever worn a superhero costume
  48. Sung karaoke
  49. Lounged around in bed all day
  50. Gone scuba diving
  51. Kissed in the rain
  52. Played in the mud
  53. Gone to a drive-in theater
  54. Done something you should regret, but don’t
  55. Visited the Great Wall of China
  56. Started a business
  57. Taken a martial arts class
  58. Been in a movie
  59. Gone without food for 3 days
  60. Made cookies from scratch
  61. Won first prize in a costume contest
  62. Got flowers for no reason
  63. Been in a combat zone
  64. Spoken more than one language fluently
  65. Gotten into a fight while attempting to defend someone
  66. Bounced a check
  67. Read – and understood – your credit report
  68. Recently bought and played with a favorite childhood toy
  69. Found out something significant that your ancestors did
  70. Called or written your Congress person
  71. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
  72. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
  73. Helped an animal give birth
  74. Been fired or laid off from a job
  75. Won money
  76. Broken a bone
  77. Ridden a motorcycle
  78. Driven any land vehicle at a speed of greater than 100 mph
  79. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
  80. Slept through an entire flight: takeoff, flight, and landing
  81. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
  82. Eaten sushi
  83. Had your picture in the newspaper
  84. Read The Bible cover to cover
  85. Changed someones mind about something you care deeply about
  86. Gotten someone fired for their actions
  87. Gone back to school
  88. Changed your name
  89. Caught a fly in the air with your bare hands
  90. Eaten fried green tomatoes
  91. Read The Iliad
  92. Taught yourself an art from scratch
  93. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
  94. Apologized to someone years after inflicting the hurt
  95. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
  96. Been elected to public office
  97. Thought to yourself that you’re living your dream
  98. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
  99. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn’t know you
  100. Had a booth at a street fair
  101. Dyed your hair
  102. Been a DJ
  103. Rocked a baby to sleep
  104. Ever dropped a cat from a high place to see if it really lands on all four
  105. Raked your carpet
  106. Brought out the best in people
  107. Brought out the worst in people
  108. Worn a mood ring
  109. Ridden a horse
  110. Carved an animal from a piece of wood or bar of soap
  111. Cooked a dish where four people asked for the recipe
  112. Buried a child
  113. Gone to a Broadway (or equivalent to your country) play
  114. Been inside the pyramids
  115. Shot a basketball into a basket
  116. Danced at a disco
  117. Played in a band
  118. Shot a bird
  119. Gone to an arboretum
  120. Tutored someone
  121. Ridden a train
  122. Brought an old fad back into style
  123. Eaten caviar
  124. Let a salesman talk you into something you didn’t need
  125. Ridden a giraffe or elephant
  126. Published a book
  127. Pieced a quilt
  128. Lived in an historic place
  129. Acted in a play or performed on a stage
  130. Asked for a raise
  131. Made a hole-in-one
  132. Gone deep sea fishing
  133. Gone roller skating
  134. Run a marathon
  135. Learned to surf
  136. Invented something
  137. Flown first class
  138. Spent the night in a 5-star luxury suite
  139. Flown in a helicopter
  140. Visited Africa
  141. Sang a solo
  142. Gone spelunking
  143. Learned how to take a compliment
  144. Written a love-story
  145. Seen Michelangelo’s David
  146. Had your portrait painted
  147. Written a fan letter
  148. Spent the night in something haunted
  149. Owned a St. Bernard or Great Dane
  150. Ran away
  151. Learned to juggle
  152. Been a boss
  153. Sat on a jury
  154. Lied about your weight
  155. Gone on a diet
  156. Found an arrowhead or a gold nugget
  157. Written a poem
  158. Carried your lunch in a lunchbox
  159. Gotten food poisoning
  160. Gone on a service, humanitarian or religious mission
  161. Hiked the Grand Canyon
  162. Sat on a park bench and fed the ducks
  163. Gone to the opera
  164. Gotten a letter from someone famous
  165. Worn knickers
  166. Ridden in a limousine
  167. Attended the Olympics
  168. Can hula or waltz
  169. Read a half dozen Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys books
  170. Been stuck in an elevator
  171. Had a revelatory dream
  172. Thought you might crash in an airplane
  173. Had a song dedicated to you on the radio or at a concert
  174. Saved someone’s life
  175. Eaten raw whale
  176. Know how to tat, smock or do needlepoint
  177. Laughed till your side hurt
  178. Straddled the equator
  179. Taken a photograph of something other than people that is worth framing
  180. Gone to a Shakespeare Festival
  181. Sent a message in a bottle
  182. Spent the night in a hostel
  183. Been a cashier
  184. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
  185. Joined a union
  186. Donated blood or plasma
  187. Built a campfire
  188. Kept a blog
  189. Had hives
  190. Worn custom made shoes or boots
  191. Made a PowerPoint presentation
  192. Taken a Hunter’s Safety Course
  193. Served at a soup kitchen
  194. Conquered the Rubik’s cube
  195. Know CPR
  196. Ridden in or owned a convertible
  197. Found a long lost friend
  198. Helped solve a crime
  199. Responded to a NJP newsletter

All About Me

Well, not ALL about me because really, where’s the mystery in that? Here it is for post #325 . . .

Did you always want only 2 children – Originally, I wanted 3. I don’t know why, but I always thought I wanted 3, and Hubby was on board with that as well. I also wanted to be finished having babies by the time I was 30. We had some trouble getting Dude, but after a couple years he joined our family. I was SOOO glad to have a boy first. I’m so NOT  a girly girl and I knew that if I had a girl she would be a Princess, and I thought having 3 princesses would be the death of me 😉 We wanted our kids about 2 years apart, and with the trouble we had getting Dude to join the family, we decided to get a move on. BAM! Pregnant . . . due in December, 3 days shy of another famous birthday. Princess joined our family 3 months and 1 day after my 30th birthday. We weren’t sure we were finished yet . . . so I didn’t get anything “taken care of” during my c-section. Eventually, about 2 years later, neither one of us had made the move to suggest child #3. We kind of realized that we were content with our 2 1/2 kids. We were out of diapers, out of sippy cups, out of strollers . . . we were happy. So, we decided not to have #3. Princess, however, would love nothing more than to have a new baby in the house (not happening!).

What is the one thing that Hubby does that drives you CRAZY? – Just one, huh? Hmmmm . . . it’ll take some time to narrow it down. Just kidding Honey! I must admit that Hubby is wonderful and we’ve taken measures to ensure the “crazy” things are in check. We don’t share a bathroom, so he can “not” screw the cap on the toothpaste if he doesn’t want to. He can leave the seat up if he wants (but he doesn’t). We clean our own bathrooms, so the men of the house can aim and miss as much as they want. He’s great at laundry, even pretty good at the folding part. He’s wonderful with our kids. He scrubs the kitchen floor while I’m at work. So what does he do that drives me crazy? He walks REALLY loudly up the steps, late, when we’re all TRYING to sleep. He’s the loudest walker ever . . . walks on his heels, and “hops” up and down steps. When I get up early to go to work when he’s home, I walk softly and avoid any squeaks and creaks that exist. I close doors quietly so as to not wake the sleeping beasts. When Hubby comes home late from work, he jumps up the steps on his heels, knocking pictures of the walls and making all the dogs in the neighborhood bark. When he leaves early for work, it’s even worse. There is much pounding and hammering on the steps as he leaves. So there . . . that’s the one stupid thing that he does that drives me crazy :-)

Give me the talk that you are going to give the first boy that shows up on your doorstep to pick up your daughter. – “Hi “guy”. I assume you know my daughter, but just in case you don’t . . . Do NOT give her whatever she wants just because she blinks those huge blue eyes at you. She’s strong-willed and independent – do NOT let her walk all over you.” Oh, not what you had in mind? I remember my mom saying that to Hubby . . . “You stand up for yourself and don’t let her walk all over you!” Um, thanks Mom 😉 For real, Princess is not the one I’m worried about. She so independent and can take care of herself. She already knows our expectations. I hope that we will have raised her right so she can make the best decisions for herself. The talk will be simple and with both of them. “Be careful. Have fun. Don’t get into trouble. Call if you need anything. Be home by 10:00. I love you.”

What was your worst and best post about? – Hmmmm, worst and best. I don’t know if I can pick a worst. I mean, would you post something if you thought it was “worst”? So I’m going with worst for me as far as feelings. It has to be this one. This was such a sad day for us. I still cry when I think about her (like right now I’m tearing up) – ya, that’s sad, she’s a dog. But she was part of our family, and we all loved her dearly. For best I’m going with “funniest” – cuz I still shake my head every time I think of this day and have even come to a point where I can laugh about how ridiculous it was – 3 years later 😉

What would your kids’ names have been if they were born the opposite sex? – This one’s pretty easy since we only had one boy and one girl name picked out – Jason and Keira. I guess we’re lucky we had one of each 😉 However, had we ended up with two of the same sex, the boys would have been Jason and Ayden, and the girls probably would have been Keira and Rebekka (Bekka).

What do you love most about Hubby and the kids? – Hubby, it’s so tough to pick what I love MOST about him – there are so many things I love about him. I have to say that I love that he puts up with me. I’m independent, I share my feelings (good and bad), and can be moody. He takes it all in stride and balances me out. He makes me feel special every single day. He’s my best friend – we have so much in common. He is a wonderful father – I have yet to see another father out there who is so involved and in tune with his kids, what they want, what they like, and what they need. Kids – I love my  kids dearly for so many reasons! Dude – he’s sensitive like his father. He’s happy. He’s funny. He’s smart. He’s outgoing. He’s a wonderful brother to his little sister. He’s a great friend. He’s helpful around the house. He’s got the best giggle you’ve ever heard – I’ll tickle him just to hear his wonderful giggle! He loves outside as much as I do. He loves sports. Princess – she’s strong-willed and independent like her mother. She challenges me every day, and I love her for it. She’s sensitive – she cried for hours for Queen Taunya the other night when QT called to tell us she had to put her dog down. She’s an athlete. She’s a girly girl, but not a “pink” girl. She’ll wear that princess dress, but she’ll kick your ass while wearing it if necessary. She’s got a great sense of humor. She teases her big brother. She is wonderful to her “babies.” She is loyal to her friends. She’s got the most infectious laugh you’ve ever heard. You can’t help but smile when you hear it. There are so many things about all 3 of them . . . I could go on and on and on.

Where is your dream vacation? – Camping in the mountains. I LOVE camping. I grew up camping at the lake. Every summer my family moved out of our house into our little camper that we parked at a lake. Every summer the same other families camped there, in the same spots. We got to know them well and were great friends. The weird thing? There were 4 families of Millers that met there! And even weirder? Two of the families had kids with the same names . . . Tammy/Tami, Tracy/Traci, Terry/Teri, Todd/Todd. The one family also had a Tom and a Tim. But WEIRD man! We would get up at 5:00 a.m. when my cousin came to get us in the pickup. We’d pile in the back, ride to the field, and walk beans until noon. Then we’d head back to the campground and play all day – skiing, swimming, cruising around in the boats, playing volleyball, playing softball – all without a parent in sight (they were working) and all without a cell phone. Every  night we had a bonfire, roasted hot dogs and hamburgers, ate s’mores, and talked and laughed until after midnight. We’re all alive, we got tons of exercise, and we had so much fun. I think that’s why I love camping. It’s one of my fondest childhood memories. I love being outside and in nature . . . my kids love it as well. Hubby likes it, and probably does it more because I like it than anything. I love the campfires, the s’mores, the quiet family time, the family hikes, the adventures, the fishing, the swimming, the lack of TV, the lack of phones, the lack of computers. I love all of it. A week camping with my family and going with the flow is my dream vacation :-)

If you could have a super power, what would it be? – Patience. That would be my super power. I have NONE. I admire anyone with patience, especially parents. It’s so difficult for me and is DEFINITELY a super power I’d like to possess. I think I’m a wonderful mommy, but every day I regret something I said to my children because of my lack of patience. It’s not patience as far as waiting for them to do stuff, but patience in not flying off the handle for the little things. Most days, they probably don’t even care, but I have a guilty conscience (which I hope to pass on to them – a little guilt is a good thing!) and will think about something I said or did for days – all because I didn’t have patience and think before I said or did something. I REALLY want patience.

What’s on your iPod? A little bit of a lot of stuff :-) I listen to pretty much everything, except rap and really hard stuff. A sampling of artists in my top rated . . . Alabama, Barenaked Ladies, Billy Joel, Blue October, Collective Soul, Daughtry, Crash Test Dummies, Dixie Chicks, The Eagles, Elvis, Fastball, Finger Eleven, Five Times August, Gear Daddies, Goo Goo Dolls, Garth Brooks, Grateful Dead, Green Day, Jack Johnson, Jim Brickman, John Mayer, Maroon 5, Matchbox 20, Natasha Bedingfield, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Norah Jones, Paul Simon, Plain White T’s, Santana, Sister Hazel, Steve Miller Band, Super Tramp, Third Eye Blind, Train, The Verve, The Wallflowers, .38 Special . . . to name a few :-) Lots of pictures of my kids and hubby, and a couple movies that the kids watched on the plane last weekend.

What’s your favorite food? – Favorite food . . . depends on my mood and what “day” it is :-) Lately I’m really in to fish. I’ve always loved fish, but lately that’s what I’m craving. If I had to pick an all-time favorite that I could eat every day, it would be Hubby’s guacamole. I don’t like guacamole . . . except his . . . it’s AWESOME!

How did you and Hubby meet? – It’s so very romantic – we met at the Holiday Inn in college. Oh clear your dirty mind! Not like that! He worked at the front desk and I was a waitress in the dining room :-) My aunt was the food and beverage manager and introduced us. Hubby’s roommate was a waiter – I didn’t know they were roommates – so I was babbling on how cute I thought Hubby was. So Hubby called to ask me out – thing is, I was still dating someone else. So I turned him down. BUT, I was actually on the phone breaking up with the other dude when Hubby called. So I called him back later and the rest is history :-)

How many siblings do you have? – 5. 1 biological brother and 4 step-sisters – 2 each from my Mom and Dad’s current marriages.

Meme Monday

I’m WAAAYYYY delinquent on doing this . . . so here goes . . . all of them at once! Oh, and before I get started, be sure to stop over at Melanie’s to sign Mr. Linky and check out the other people who’re participating :-)

Thank you to Pam for passing on the I <3 Your Blog award to me :-) I heart your blog, too! I’m still amazed at how many people I’ve gotten to know on the Web. It’s fun to check in and see how everyone’s fam is doing and how they’re dealing with the “things” in their lives.





I’m passing this award on to Ami at Cup Runneth Over. Ami and Rick moved away from our beautiful state a few years ago, and I love being able to check up on her and her three beautiful boys every day.

I was also tagged by Melanie to do the middle name meme. 

  1. You must post the rules on your post before you answer the questions.
  2. You need to list one fact about yourself using each letter of your middle name. If you don’t have a middle name, use your maiden name instead.
  3. When you are finished with your answers, tag one person for each letter of your name.

When I got married, I wanted to keep my maiden name as my regular last name. Hubby had some good reasons why I shouldn’t, and it was more important to him that I take his name than it was to me to keep my own. So, in my infinite wisdom, I kept my middle name AND added my maiden name to my middle name. I will not be using both middle names 😉 I’m going to be lazy and use my shorter actual middle name.

Love love love love love the outdoors.
Yo yoing is something I did well as a child.
Nothing makes me happier than spending time with my family.
Neatness is a curse I live with every single day.

Pam tagged me for the 5 things kids meme:

5 things I want my kids to know:

  1. How much I love them.
  2. How much I love their Dad.
  3. How proud I am to be their mother.
  4. Very few things can make you feel better than anonymously helping some in need.
  5. Nobody is perfect.

5 things you want to tell your children when they are grown up:

  1. How proud I am of them.
  2. To have an open mind.
  3. Always be yourself. You should never change for anyone except yourself.
  4. Never say anything about someone that you wouldn’t say directly to them.
  5. Don’t forget your friends and family – nothing is more important.

5 things you want to tell your children before you die:

  1. You need to work hard. Nothing worth having comes easy.
  2. You are the most important things to ever happen to me.
  3. You have shown me how to love somebody more than I ever thought was possible.
  4. Everyone you meet has some effect on your life. Don’t shortchange anyone.
  5. How much I love them.

5 things you want your children to know before they die:

  1. Unconditional love from the right man/woman.
  2. The absolute complete joy that comes with the toughest job in the world – being a parent.
  3. She/he did the best they could every single day.
  4. The feeling of pride in their accomplishments.
  5. How much I love them.

Say What?! Andrea over at Lifesong high-fived me for this hoopla, and I thought it would be fun.

  • Post these rules on your blog.
  • List 10 things that won’t likely ever come out of your mouth.
  • High-five any amount of people to do the same on their blog.
  • Come back here to Lifesong and let me know that you did it.
  1. Sign me up for that marathon!
  2. Nah, I don’t wanna go to the lake.
  3. Liver and onions? I’d LOVE to have that for dinner!
  4. No thanks, I don’t like chocolate.
  5. We’re going on vacation to Hawaii? I can’t! I have way too much work to do around here.
  6. I’d prefer to clean the entire house by myself.
  7. I guess I just didn’t like taking pictures of you guys when you were small.
  8. I HATE my new Audi TT!
  9. We need to move. I can’t STAND looking at these mountains every day.
  10. Hey kids – say hello to your new baby sister!

And finally, Pam tagged me for the What Kind of Car Are You? meme :-) Kinda weird how accurate these things can be 😉

I’m a Chevrolet Corvette!

You’re a classic – powerful, athletic, and competitive. You’re all about winning the race and getting the job done. While you have a practical everyday side, you get wild when anyone pushes your pedal. You hate to lose, but you hardly ever do.

Take the Which Sports Car Are You? quiz.

My Favorite Things

My bloggy friend Pam started a meme for My Favorite Things . . . so I thought I’d play along! I’m going to skip the things that are OBVIOUSLY my favorites . . . like family, cute little puppies, presents, and the like 😉

  1. Snow – lots and lots of snow. I love snow. I love to watch it fall from the sky. I love to watch my kids play in it. I love to get all bundled up and go play in it with them. I love sledding in it. I love the bone-chilling, snot-freezing cold that usually accompanies it. I LOVE snow!
  2. Water – especially lakes. I grew up in MN and we spent our summers at the lake camping, fishing, swimming, skiing, hanging out with friends. I love to be in the water swimming and jumping in and playing water volleyball and water skiing and fishing.
  3. The smell of fire. I LOVE the smell of a campfire or fire in our wood-burning fire place. Nothing says eat s’mores or watch a movie like the smell of a fire.
  4. The smell of rain. Andrea also had this on her list. Who wouldn’t like the smell of rain? It’s so pure, cool, and refreshing. Breath in a couple lungs full of that and all is right with the world.
  5. Fall – the weather is perfect and the leaves on the trees are BEAUTIFUL! I don’t think there is a better season. In fall you can do it all . . . golf, swim, hike, grill out on the deck, wear shorts, wear sweatshirts – it’s all good! I love the beautiful Aspen gold we get mixed with the deep green of the pine here. I miss the wonderful red, yellow, orange, purple colors of the trees I saw along the river as a kid in MN. Also, my birthday is in fall – that might have something to do with my love of the season!
  6. Birthdays – yours, mine, everybody’s. Everyone deserves to be king/queen/prince/princess for a day on their birthday.
  7. CC – Canadian Club. My favorite drink – Canadian Club whiskey on the rocks. I’m easy to buy for 😉
  8. Scrapbooking – I LOVE scrapbooking! Not only do I get to spend time with friends when we get together for “crop circles” but I also get to relive all the moments I’ve shared with my children. I hope they will cherish the books I’ve made for them as much as I do right now. Even now, at 7 and 4, they love to look through their books and are amazed at how little they were “back then.” They each have one full album for each year of their life so far. Did I mention I like scrapbooking?
  9. Outside – I am not happier than when I’m outside. If it’s nice, we hike or play baseball in the cul de sac or go to the park or ride bike or go golfing or hang out at the pool or just play. If it’s raining, we get our rain gear on and run around the cul de sac, splashing in the water and making mud pies. If it’s snowing, we get bundled up and make mini-luge tracks in the yard, sled down the street before the plow makes it, build tunnels, make snowmen, throw snowballs.
  10. Sports – I am a sports freak. Sports I participated in as a kid: racquetball, water skiing, swimming, volleyball, basketball, softball, bike riding. Sports I’ve participated in competetively: volleyball, basketball, softball. Sports that helped me pay for college: softball. Sports I participate in as an adult: volleyball, softball, racquetball, golf, ice skating, biking, snow skiing, hiking, swimming. Sports that I enjoy watching: baseball, football, hockey, ice skating, soccer (when my kiddos are playing).

So there are a few of my favorite things. I could go on and on and on with my list . . . The Sound of Music, A Christmas Story, milk chocolate, peppermint stick ice cream, watching minor league baseball at the stadium, a clean house, hot apple cider with cinnamon schnapps, road trips, my job (yes, I love my job), reading…

So, what are a few of your favorite things?

10, 20, 30

I’ve been tagged by Regina! So here goes . . .

10 Years Ago… I was 25, had been happily married to my prince charming for 1 1/2 years, and we had just bought our first house. I went skydiving with my friend T to celebrate our 25th birthdays and also got my first tattoo – my Peace Mickey, which I’d wanted since I was 17. I had said that if I still wanted it when I was 25, I’d get it . . . so I did :-) The hubby and I were having tons of fun enjoying our beautiful new home state and meeting all kinds of new friends through work, volleyball, softball, and just being out and about.

20 Years Ago… I was 15 and a Freshman in high school. I had just transferred to a new school and was making all kinds of friends on the volleyball and basketball teams. I moved in to a house with my mom, and I was happy as a clam. Just as I am now, I like being busy and always had something to do, whether it was playing sports (volleyball, basketball, softball), going to sporting events and playing in the band, or just hanging out with friends. My poor Mom put lots of miles on the car and spent lots of time IN the car.

30 Years Ago… I was 5 and having the time of my life – well as much as a 5 year old can. I remember finding stray cats and my brother and his friends and me trying to sell it from a stand we set up on the highway – pretty tough to sell a cat in a farm community. We also set up lemonade stands and pretty much had the run of our tiny little farm town with our friends. And we never got in trouble, because we knew that mom and dad would know we were in trouble before we did! Everyone was watching everyone else’s kids all the time. We spent the weekends at my cousins farm, driving the 3-wheelers and snowmobiles, playing hide and seek in the dark, trying to climb from one end of the shed to the other on the farm machinery without touching the ground, and jumping off the ladder in the grain bin into a huge pile of corn or beans. We saw a ton of our extended family and were best friends with my cousins. I will always remember the day when we were playing outside at the farm and it started to rain. My cousin and I were in the shed and wanted to be in the corn bin with my brother and my cousin’s brother. So we ran through the pouring rain down to the corn bin and jumped in. When we got called in for dinner, my cousin and I were covered from head to toe with red corn shucks, stuck to us from the rain! Mom and my aunt made us stand outside in the pouring rain until all the red shucks had come off. Lesson learned – do not jump in to corn bin after running through rain.

Most every blogging buddy I know has already done this, but if you haven’t and want to play along, feel free!

What’s Your Mothering Style?

My friend, Ami, at Cup Runneth Over introduced me to this short quiz. My results, I think, were dead on . . . however, since self-perception is not always reality, I’ll be interested to see what those who know me best think about my results 😉

ENTJ – The Executive Mother

Competent and confident in a management role, the ENTJ mother organizes the needs and schedules of family members into a workable family system. Within the system, she provides her children with care-taking, direction, and limits, but she also gives them space to develop their own self-sufficiency and judgment.
Analytical and adept at problem-solving, the ENTJ mother listens to her children’s concerns empathetically and then strategizes with them how to improve the situation—either by intervening on their behalf or backing off to let them solve problems on their own. She particularly enjoys watching them take responsibility and accomplish something they find important on their own.
Intense and insightful, the ENTJ mother is cued in to her children’s intellectual and emotional development. She uses her quickness and communication skills to talk things through and help her children connect with people and better understand life.

Meme – My Four Favorites

I’ve been tagged by Melanie to participate in the My Four Favorites meme.

Four Jobs I’ve Held

  • Bean Walker (any one who is over 30 and from the Midwest knows that I’m talking about!)
  • Bar Tender
  • Typist at Carlson Craft (invitation printer)
  • Technical Writer

Four Movies I Can Watch Over and Over Again

  • A Christmas Story 
  • Mystery, Alaska 
  • 40 Year Old Virgin
  • Ice Age 

Four Places I’ve Lived

  • In an apartment in Minnesota 
  • In a camper every summer
  • In an apartment in Colorado 
  • In a house in Colorado

Four TV Shows I Watch (I don’t watch much TV – hmmmmmm)

  • The King of Queens 
  • The local morning news 
  • Army Wives (thanks to Taunya for TiVoing this for me!) 
  • 24 – but I watch it on DVD after the season is over – does that count?

Four Places I’ve Been on Vacation

  • Hawaii 
  • Vermont 
  • Puerto Rico 
  • Eastern Caribbean

Four Favorite Foods (Really? I can only choose 4?)

  • Dan’s Grilled Salmon 
  • Tootsie Rolls 
  • Homemade Smoothies 
  • Chipotle 

Four Websites I Visit

  • The local newspaper 
  • Yahoo News 
  • Quite a few blogs
  • 4th . . . hmmmm, guess I don’t spend as much time online as I thought!

People I’m Tagging – I’m only tagging 1 because I don’t know lots of people with blogs.

8 Things About Me

I’ve been tagged by Melanie . . . so here goes . . . hopefully you won’t fall asleep before you get through this . . .

 1. I do everything in 3s. If I have M&Ms, skittles, or anything else I can sort into colors, I do that, then eat them in threes. I count steps in 3s – I know exactly how many steps there are on every level of our house. I did not, however, have 3 children as originally planned.

2. I played fast-pitch softball in high school and college and got to travel around the US playing in tournaments. I can’t begin to tell you how fun that was!

3. I love Minnesota winters and miss them dearly – although our last Colorado winter was awesome!

4. I always eat my vegetables first – always, no matter what – I love vegetables.

5. I LOVE outside . . . my family is always doing something outside, even when it rains – we’ll put on rain gear and play in the puddles.

6. I love my job – yes, I did just say that. I love what I do, I love my coworkers, and I love the flexible schedule I have so I can spend lots of time with my family while feeling productive at work.

7. I miss my dog. I can’t wait for September to come so we can get another dog.

8. I have 3 tattoos . . . my two Mickeys and my wedding band.