Monday, July 28, 2008


I, usually, don’t have the greatest luck at picking out restaurants or fast food places. I really do not like to suggest where we should go for lunch or dinner to grab a bite to eat. One of the main reasons is based on past experiences...

the experiences unfold....

So, tonight, I wanted a Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich from Subway. I had eaten one not to long ago and it was absolutely delicious. So, I dropped on over to Mom and Dad’s and asked them what they were having for dinner. Nothing had been decided so, I suggested that we go to Subway and have some delicious Philly Cheesesteak sandwiches.

So, Mom and I arrive at Subway. We wait for about 5 minutes before the Subway clerk helps us. This is how the conversation went…

“What can I get for you today?”
“I would like a 6-inch Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich on white bread.”
“We are all out of Philly Cheesesteak and oh, we do not have white bread." cheesesteak and no white bread.

Oh, I was so disappointed….

So, that brought back some other memories dealing with food places…

I was living on BYU campus with 5 other roommates. We just had finished studying and decided that it was time to eat. We searched our cupboards, then, our refrigerator, then, the cupboards again. There wasn’t anything that looked delicious to eat. One of my roommates, Shawnie, was having the craving of chicken. So, we all piled into the car and drove to KFC. We walked into their lobby…and this is how the conversation went:

“Welcome to KFC. What might I get for you today?”
“Number 2 Meal” (which I might add was chicken, mashed potatoes and coleslaw)
“Oh, we do not have chicken today,” came the reply from the KFC clerk.
“What? No chicken?”
“Yes, we are out of chicken today, but I could I offer you the mashed potatoes and coleslaw?”

So, not too long after that….another experience with fast food…
We walk into the lobby at Wendy’s and this is how the conversation.

“Is this for here or to go?”
“What can I get for you today?”
“A Southwest Taco Salad.”
“I am sorry, we do not have lettuce today.”
“What, no lettuce?”
“No lettuce, oh, and we do not have tomatoes, either.”

Then, a more recent experience at Teriyaki Stix…

Vieve and I drove up to the window.
“Can I take your order?”
“Yes, we would like 2 chicken bowls with vegetables.”
“Is that everything?”
She gave us our total and told us to drive to the second window.

We were there waiting for about 10 minutes when, the clerk showed back up at the window.

“We are out of rice, so is it alright if only one has noodles.”

What…NO RICE at Teriyaki Stix.

So, as you can read (and this is only a few of the examples—there are many more!!), I do not have the best of luck picking out places to eat. I hope that you have better luck than me!!!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Yep, today is my Dad's birthday!!

Happy Birthday Dad!!! Today is my Dad's birthday.
He is a great guy!!!
My dad is not only knowledgeable about everything, he is wise!!
He is hard-working!!
He can create anything that he wants!
He can fix anything!!
He gives the greatest hugs!!!
He is the type of person that hardly complains about anything!!
He can solve any problem!!
He can be silly like the rest of us!
He is just plain AMAZING!!
Dad, I love you lots and lots and tons and tons!!!
Happy Birthday DAD!!!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Pioneer Day in Utah!!

Yesterday, my niece-Kaylie, called and asked when we were going to do a sleepover. I told her--anytime. She said, "How about tonight?" Since, I had planned taking of today from work, I agreed. So, my 2 nieces, Kaylie and Brylie slept over at my house. Of course, it was great fun.

I woke up this morning in a warm bed thinking about the pioneers coming across the plains. Maybe the thinking came from sharing a bed with my 2 nieces. Anyway, the pioneers settled the valley on July 24, 1847. While they crossed the plains on foot and covered wagons, I am so grateful for today's modern conveniences. I do not have to walk--only when I desire to do so. I get to sleep in my bed--all comfy and warm. But, I am indeed grateful for the Pioneers and for all that they gave up to come and settle in the West.
Spanish Fork has a huge celebration all week long--every 24th of July. It is known as Fiesta Days. There are lots of events such as carnivals, rodeos, parades and lots more to do throughout the week. So, earlier this week, Mom, Shad, Jessica, Shyanne (Jessica's little sister) and I went to the Fiesta Days Rodeo. We were sad that Dad was not able to come--he had to work. Anyway, I have not been to a rodeo for such a long time. I was trying to count back and I think it has been close to 10 years. If I remember correctly, rodeo's have not changed.

(Mom, Shad, Jessica and Shyanne)

(Shad & Jessica)

(Jessica & Shyanne)

We were there for the pre-show which included Mutton Bustin' (I think that was what it was called). It is when little children (both boys and girls) get on a sheep and ride. Well, there was this cutest little boy. He hopped right on, held on with one hand and put the other hand in the air. He rode clear across the arena. The clowns grabbed him and put him in the air and he waved to the crowd. It was so darling!!! After the pre-show, they had plane jumpers--they were awesome!!!

(this one was carrying the US Flag)

There were many events such as calf roping, steer wrestling, bareback riding, barrel racing and trailer racing. Oh, the the trailer racing was a hoot!!! But, my all-time favorite is Bull Riding. I get this adrenal rush--I think it is because I get so scared for the cowboys that get on those ugly, mean, huge bulls. YIKES!!!

As for today, Mom, Jessica, Kaylie, Brylie and I went to the parade this morning in Spanish Fork . We enjoyed pancakes, eggs, and ham for breakfast cooked by the Spanish Fork Football team. YUM!! Deliciousness!! Then, we relaxed and watched the parade. It was long and I think that we counted only 6 floats, but it was fun!!

(Brylie--the princess)

(Kaylie reading a book to Brylie)

(Jessica & Brylie)

I thought that I had taken a lot more pictures--but apparently I did not. Afterwards, Mom, Kaylie and I shopped and shopped. It was a great day!!!

Later on, it was time for the fireworks. Mom, Dad, Shad, Jessica, Brylie, Jessica's mom, Scott, Melissa, Kaylie and I went to the old ball park for the fireworks. It was great to be there with family and watch the fireworks. Of course, we were entertained with Kaylie's cartwheel back bend routine and Brylie playing patty cake.

I can't believe that the celebration is over!!! I am looking forward to next year's!!!

Monday, July 21, 2008

4th of July Festivities

WOW!!! So, I am a little late in blogging about one of my most favorite holidays. I love the 4th of July. I am not sure if it is the whole freedom thing or the family festivities or if is the red, white and blue thing---all I know that if you put that all together--


So, here is my blog for that day (July 4, 2008)...

4th of July Eve--Shad, Jessica, Brylie and I slept over at Mom and Dad's. It was a great slumber party. Okay, there was not a lot of slumbering but all-in-all it was fabulous. Since, it we planned on going to the Festival of Balloons at 5:30 am, we decided that it would be easier if we would sleep at Mom and Dad's. We stayed up late talking and laughing. We slept a little bit and then, it was time to get up and get ready to attend the Festival of Balloons. I love the hot air balloons. In fact, I look forward to this event every 4th of July.

Isn't that one of the coolest pictures?

It is always great to spend time with family!!!

While we were packing up our things to go, I could hear someone screaming in back of me. It was Macie. Macie was one of my Laurels when I was first called as Young Women's President. I, probably, have not seen her in 3 or 4 years. She was screaming at me. She ran over to me, gave me a huge hug and just screamed that she was excited to see me. She is so cute!!! She introduced me to her darling boyfriend. Oh, Macie, you totally made my day.

Then, it was off to breakfast--Cracker Barrel. Last year, we drove everywhere trying to find a place for breakfast that was not crowded with lots of people. We ended up at Cracker Barrel. So, this year, we decided that we would just head on over there!!! We had to wait this time...due to only a few of their employees scheduled to work show up. But, the food was delicious and it was fun!!! Oh, I tasted "grits" for the first time. They were interesting--but better tasting when I added some sugar. I am not sure that I would order them--they are just my type of food.

Then, we went home took a nap....(a much needed one for Brylie...we woke her up way too early!!!

Then, it was off to the Festival of Crafts and Booths at the County Courthouse. It was so hot!!!! We really did not stay too long. We felt like we were melting!!!! top of the 4th...Subway and Fireworks. The past couple of years, we have decided to pack a picnic of Subway sandwiches and chips and head to Provo for the fireworks. It seems that we always sit in about the same place. It is (usually) the perfect spot to wait and watch for the fireworks to begin. But, this time, a SUV parked right in front of where we sit. It was parked in a NO PARKING zone, so we thought that they would move it soon. But, to no avail, they did not. So, we had to scrunch up together and watch the fireworks from a little opening in the trees. So, to the person who parked their SUV in a a no parking time, please be courteous to those around you.

But, it was a great night and fireworks were amazingly nice.

Oh, what a great night!!! I just love the 4th of July!!! But, most of all, I love spending it with my family!!!!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

those darn vaccuum cleaners...

So, this morning, I had early morning commitments. Church for me does not start until 2:00 pm which usually results in a lazy morning and then, church. But, this morning, I had a visiting teaching appointment, a Sacrament Meeting to attend and then, another one to attend. So, I was rushing around trying to get ready for the day, when the my visiting teaching companion knocked on the door. I knew that I was running late, so I turned and and ran right into the vacuum. Usually, this would not have been a big deal---except that I was not wearing shoes this time. OUCH!!! Then, out the door I ran.

While I was sitting on Sister Yosh's couch. My toes began to ache. I did not want to cause to much attention to my toes, so I kind of tilted my foot and then noticed the bruise starting to form. OUCH!! I tried really hard to concentrate on what was being said, but my toes were hurting.

I did not have much time from when I arrived home from visiting teaching to when I had to be at the Sacrament Meeting I was asked to attend. I tried on some dress shoes!! OUCH!! So, I put on my dressier flip flops. (I would say high heel flip flops-but my mom said that they are not high heels and that I do not know what high heels are--hee hee ha ha). By the time, I arrived at church, I could barely walk. MY TOES HURT!!! (and they were a tad bit more swollen and a little more bluer). So, again, I tried to pay attention, but I just could not.

Then, it was off to the second Sacrament Meeting...OUCH!!! MY TOES HURT!!! Anyway, you know the story...I could not pay attention. So, off to my mom and dad's for a few minutes. Okay, I went to get some sympathy from my Mom. It worked, but my toes do still hurt.

So, that darn vacuum has caused unnecessary harm to me. It has resulted in a couple of broken toes (I think-3!). I know the middle one is definitely broken. It just does not look good---all blue and swollen. Well, this adds to my theory that we should all have maids and have no vacuums in the home that would do unnecessary harm to us.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Take a step into Memory Lane...

HI Blogging friends....I am truly alive. Life has been a tad bit (okay, it has not been a tad bit, it has been horrifically) crazy. Getting ready for Young Women's Camp (which I will post later), the 4th of July (which I will post later) and every thing in between (which, yes, you are right, I will post later). But, for now...take a step down memory lane....

I got this off of Jessica's blog...


This will be fun especially if everyone and I do mean EVERYONE will join in!This is just too fun to pass up.Here are the directions:

1. As a comment on my blog, leave a memory that you and I had together. It doesn't matter if you knew me a little or a lot, anything you remember!!!!!!!

2. Next, re-post these instructions on your blog. If you don't want to play on your blog, or if you don't have a blog, I'll leave my memory of you in my comments.We can make it a competition if anyone wants. Let's see who can come up with the funniest memory and who has the most memories. Please keep it going. ENJOY :)