Sunday, November 23, 2008

I've Been Tagged!

1. Post rules on your blog
2. Answer the six '8' items
3. Let each person know they have been tagged by leaving them a comment.

So...I've been tagged. Here goes my first shot at this tagging business.

8 favorite TV shows
1. The Office
2. Good Eats
3. Ace of Cakes
4. MythBusters
5. the Today Show
6. So You Think You Can Dance
7. Man vs. Wild
8. The Hills (I can explain: I was nursing for what seemed like every other hour when Jonah was first born, and this trashy yet highly entertaining television really made the time go more quickly)

8 things I did yesterday
1. Bought apples and eggs at the Bloomington Farmer's Market
2. Drank hot cocoa and ate a pumpkin bagel with pumpkin shmear from Bloomington Bagels
3. Played with Jonah at WonderLab
4. Went Christmas shopping for Mike
5. Watched Jonah destroy an Anne Klein purse display at Macey's waiting for Mike to decide on a Christmas present for Marissa.
6. Ate leftover pancakes for dinner
7. Hung out with some girlfriends while MIke watched the BYU vs. Utah football game.
8. Read A Tale of Two Cities

8 things I look forward to
1. Spending time with Mike over Thanksgiving break
2. Eating Mike's Thanksgiving turkey
3. Winning the pie contest (yes, this means beating Mike...a difficult but not impossible task)
4. Working out with Megan and McKenzie
5. Seeing my family in December
6. Having my family spend time with Jonah in December
7. Celebrating my 3rd Anniversary with Mike
8. Spring!!

8 favorite restaurants
1. Turquaz Cafe (Bloomington)
2. Smokin' Jack's Rib Shack (Bloomington)
3. Saigon Cafe (Provo)
4. Demae (Provo)
5. Bombay House (Provo and Bloomington)
6. The Chocolate Moose (Bloomington) -Not really a restaurant, but they have the BEST Mint Oreo ice cream ever.
7. Siam House (Bloomington)
8. Mi Ranchito (Orem)

8 things on my wish list
1. Fruit Dryer
2. Big Baggy Man Sweats...for lounging around of course
3. Books
4. someone to scrapbook all of Jonah's pictures from the last year and a (almost) half of his life
5. Garden
6. House with a porch
7. New upstairs neighbors (that don't party like it's 1999 nightly)
8. a baby girl (someday...I'm not pregnant)

8 people I tag
1. Annie Green
2. Kelli Black
3. Jessica Gillespie
4. Jeanette Millward
5. McKenzie Stoddard
6. Celeste Johnson
7. Dirk Black
8. Kellie Yeates

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Brrr!! The Latest in Gloomington

This past week has been a busy one for our family. Mike is busy with school and preparing for more school (Bless my sweet husband). I have been busy with cub scouts, play groups, Thanksgiving potlucks, Christmas gift scheming, and hot cocoa. Mike and I have decided that in order to spice up our winter season we are going to drink 100 hot cocoas. That's 50 cocoas each. We've dubbed this: "The Winter of 100 Cocoas." If anyone else wants to join us, please do! Cheers! I've had 5 hot cocoas so far; only 45 to go. I have a feeling it won't be too hard to achieve my goal of 50 hot cocoas seeing as it is pretty darn cold here in Bloomington.

Here's a picture of Jonah bundled up to go and get the mail. Don't you love his little scarf. Thanks Auntie Kathryn!

Jonah has found a new trick. He loves to hide in the cereal cabinet while I cook dinner. Since discovering that he can fit inside, he has dumped out my dried oatmeal, a box of cheerios, and his baby oatmeal. He really is fascinated by making messes. As long as he's not whining while I'm cooking, I'm fine with a mess.

Apparently, Jonah likes his privacy.

Grandma Jo and Grandpa sent Jonah an early Christmas gift to save us the hassle of trying to bring it on a plane. Jonah loves his new barn. Thank goodness for Grandparents!

Jonah was so excited to play with his new toy.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Happy Fall to One and All

I don't know if it is still Fall where all of you are, but the crisp weather and beautiful colors of Fall are still going strong here in Indiana. I've got to brag about our good weather while I can, because I know we've got some cold months ahead of us. It seems like October flew by. Here are some recent pictures of our family.

Mike was able to baptize one of our Cub Scouts, Derik Gonzalez on October 25th. One of our other Cub Scouts was also baptized that day and we were asked to speak on Baptism for their program. It was wonderful to be a part of their baptism.

We went on a hay ride as part of a MBA Kelley Kids activity. Jonah loved watching the cows follow the trailer. I think that's the closest he's ever been to a cow and he was absolutely enthralled by them. He even wore a John Deere tractor t-shirt to fit in. Grandpa Winder would be proud.

Jonah was a lion for Halloween. Thanks to Camille for letting us borrow the costume. We practiced our roaring and he got pretty good at it.

Me and a couple other girls planned a Trunk-or-Treat so our little guys wouldn't have to walk so far on Halloween to get candy. We had a potluck before hand at Bryan Park. People brought soups, bread, and dessert.
Jonah caught on pretty quickly to the whole concept of Trick-or-Treating. "If I hold my bucket out, people will put candy in it." He sure was cute walking around in his costume; he looked like a big doll.

Here are some of Jonah's friends who came to the Trunk-or-Treat. They all looked so cute, it made me wish that our kids dressed up like this more than once a year.

Lastly, Mike and I let our political voices be heard and we voted!
Mike and I like to think we've educated ourselves on the issues surrounding the election and both voted this past week. Mike voted by mail, sending his votes all the way to California. I had to wait in line for an hour in downtown Bloomington. Not too bad, considering I prepared myself for a two hour wait. For those of you who know I am maybe the biggest eavesdropper around, let's just say I saw some really interesting people and listened in on some pretty crazy conversations. (Or, maybe they weren't really that unusual, and my excitement stemmed from the fact that I just don't get out much) Either way, I came to a few conclusions on my own early voting day:
1. Boys should never ever wear lip gloss and/or turquoise-colored skinny jeans.
2. It's hard to make small talk with a local politician you know is a liar.
3. You can never prepare too much. After preparing myself as best I could for the presidential vote, I was surprised to see that I had no idea who half the other people running for local office were. So much for being politically prepared on election day.
4. The era of two party politics in America needs to end. The Presidential candidate who I thought would best represent my convictions was NOT on the ballot in Indiana. I had to write him in.
5. It feels pretty darn good to wear an "I Voted" sticker.