Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Be Prepared!

One of my favorite Disney movies is The Lion King (in fact, I am going to see it on Broadway because my sweet husband loves and spoils me!). In that movie there is a great song called "Be Prepared" sung by the evil uncle Scar to his pack of hyena minions.
Well, it seems that we are hearing the "Be Prepared" tune sung more and more by our church leaders and now even popular public figures!
There is a great article that Jon found - you can find it at: http://www.glennbeck.com/content/articles/article/198/16799/?ck=1
It is by Glenn Beck and it is all about being prepared temporally, spiritually, and intellectually. He addresses the importance of having a 3-6 month supply of food, clothes and other necessities and talks about how to go about building it. He talks about Family Home Evening, reading good books, and he talks about voting for someone in the next election who is going to help us pull out of the man-made mess that we are in right now.
It's a great article and worth a read.....
I am really feeling the pressure of being prepared lately. Our Bishop told us that the time for warnings are over - and that just really hit me! It's time to seriously get things together to get prepared for the perilous times that are to come.
Last night Jon and I went to the grocery store with the intent of buying groceries (obviously) and buying the finishing touches to our 72-hour kits. We got things like First Aid Kits and a Compass and stuff like that. It feels so good to know that we are at least that prepared. We figured that 72-hours is long enough to at least get up to Snowflake to our families who can then take care of us.
Lon and Kim have really great 72-hour kits!! They brought out their back packs the other day and we were so impressed!!! They are on top of things!! My sisters are always on top of things!!
We really want to get a 3 month supply together in our back room and we started working on that yesterday at the grocery store too - we stocked up on Ramen Noodles and Rice - not entirely healthy, but we are working on it slowly....
The pressure is on and I am feeling it - it's time to take this preparedness stuff to a whole new level!
Feel free to turn on The Lion King to get a little inspired to start up your own!!!
Be Prepared!!!!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Core Rhythms Dance Videos

Ok, so a few weeks ago I saw an infomercial for a dance video called Core Rhythms Dance Videos. I was completely hooked, but I thought for sure Jon would think it was a silly thing - especially because it is endorsed by the lady off of So You Think You Can Dance who he thinks is super annoying - so I never brought it up.
Then a couple weeks later, Jon saw it too. I told him that I thought it was pretty cool, and he said, "would you actually use it?"
Of course I answered with a very resounding, "yes!!" and he said, "Well, why don't you order it?"
Oh man, I was so excited!!! Unfortunately I missed the number on the infomercial and had to wait till the next day for work to come around so I could order it online.
I ordered, and waited patiently (well...not so patiently) for the DVD's to show up at my house, but they didn't come and didn't come....
Then, Thursday evening, we got the golden ticket in the mailbox! The one that says that there is a package waiting for me in the manager's office! I almost died of excitement!!!!!!!
Jon went and picked it up and I tore it open and immediately started using the special measuring tape (included in the starter package) to measure all my body parts, and I was pouring over the diet and dance information!
Then I put in the video and started learning how to shake my hips to lose inches - and it was awesome!!!
I learned all sorts of real dance moves and I was having a great time doing these sweet little latin dances. When I was done, I was actually sore and tired like I had been working out!!!
Not only is it a super duper exercise, but it comes with a disc that teaches you how to take the smokin' hot moves you learned in the exercise and turn them into actual partner dances!!!
Now I am trying to talk Jon in to shakin' his booty right along with me (it hasn't worked yet, but we will see what happens...)
Ok, this has sounded an awful lot like a commercial, but I am so excited about this new video and I will keep you updated on my progress!!
Let's see if it really works as well as What's-Her-Bucket on So You Think You Can Dance says!

Fall Break

Last week I was off of work for Fall Break. I don't know who came up with Fall Break because there isn't really a good reason for a break in the middle of October - but I am sure glad we have it!!!
It's not like I did a whole lot of amazing things. I had big plans to clean up my house and organize my life....but my week was automatically doomed on Monday when I watched Regis and Kelly, as well as a soap opera called One Life To Live. There went two hours of my day...each day...for the rest of the week!!
Yup, I was one of "those" people. You know what I mean, the kind of people who sit and watch daytime television - - lame, I know, and if I was a "stay at home" lady, I would not be "that"person, but since it was one week of freedom, I thought I deserved to lounge a little.
On Monday my Sisters-In-Law came over and we made some cute little message boards out of pizza pans. They ended up looking really cute.
We spent some time with the Crandells who are great friends!
Jon had his Moot Court competition, which didn't go as well as he planned. I felt bad for him because he had worked so hard on it, and it turned out not being exactly what they wanted. It was a really good learning experience for him, and he can still put it on his resume so that is a good thing. He will know what to expect next time.
He also had an interview at an insurance company. He said that he felt really good about the interview and I was so excited for him!! The job is really great! It would give him a lot of experience and not pay to badly either....so keep him in your prayers!
Friday we went home to Snowflake to help my sister get ready for the Homecoming dance her boyfriend asked her to go to. She left in the morning for the "day date" and we went with the entire "Matyas Clan" on a hay ride to the corn maze at the Willis' farm. It was pretty fun and the little kids were so excited when they found the next point in the maze.
Then Laney came back and we got her all ready - she looked so beautiful!! (I will put pictures on here when I get the pictures off of the camera) and he didn't look to bad either. When she came out of the bedroom, he just looked so amazed and he said that she was beautiful!! It was so sweet!!!
Other than that, I spent the week doing all of the laundry, napping, playing with the puppy and doing Richard Simmons to counterbalance all the sitting lazily.
It was magnificent!

Thursday, October 9, 2008


I would like to start off by sending a "shout out" to my very first blog commenter - Thanks Nikki!!! Yup, that's right everyone, the Great Blog Master herself (not to mention one of the sweetest people you will ever meet in your life)
Anyways, I had the hiccups today. We talked about hiccups at FHE the other night with Lon and Kim and Brendin and Nikki, and I got some good tips from them on how to rid of them (did you know that Lon and Jon are close to holding world records for longest hiccup "sessions"?). So I figured that there was no way these hiccups would last since I had gotten professional advice.
I started with Jon's method - Pay really close attention to not moving your diaphragm - and that did not work....
So, I moved on to Nikki's full-proof plan - Putting a pencil across the cup of water and drinking through it - and that didn't work either.
Finally I went to the advice from Lon - I drank the water upside down and backwards - and it was a success!!! They went away!!! I was cured!!! A miracle!!!
Talk about exciting!!!!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

New Stuff!!!!

Today I was spending some quality time with this blog and I was able to find all sorts of cool new stuff!!! Look on the left and side and you will see a picture of our sweet new addition (mentioned in the previous post)!! Sadly, I have yet to figure out how to move any of the cool stuff from the left column - as of right now, everything has to go on the left side - sorry.
I was looking at Nikki's blog and Shaunalee's blog and they are so beautiful!!!
Someday I will be that talented......Someday!
Wish me luck as I continue to figure out how to make this worth looking at!!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Molly Mae

Last Friday I got a new addition to my family....we got a sweet little puppy who we named Molly Mae! She is the sweetest most beautiful puppy you have ever seen before in your life!!! She is black with white spots and red highlights - already potty trained and she doesn't whine at the table or anything! She is very well behaved!!
Jon was a little hesitant to get a puppy, but we had made a deal and it came to the point where he had to give in. But....you can bet that she loves him more than she loves me and he sure loves her a whole lot!!
Sunday morning I woke up earlier than Jon so that I could take the puppy out to....ahem....do her business....Anyways, when we came back in the house I was all excited to play fetch with her (she got a new ball and it is really pretty), but you can bet she walked right over to the bedroom door and sat there and waited for Jon to come out!! It was so funny!
As soon as I learn how to stick pictures on this blog, you can bet I will have her plastered all over this page.
I want to take a pretty picture of my family of four: Me, Jon, Molly Mae and Sven (the fish).
Stay Tuned for Pictures!!!!

Friday, October 3, 2008


Yesterday was my Big Birthday Bash! I turned the ripe ol' legal age of 21!! Now, I was a little worried that it would be a boring Birthday because - let's face it - Mormon's don't have a lot to look forward to when it comes to our 21st Birthdays - we don't drink, we don't gamble.....but my Birthday was awesome!!!
Jon gave me tickets to see Lion King (broadway)!!! I was so excited because that show is #1 on my list of shows to see!!!
When I showed up to work my desk looked like a carnival tent! It had streamers all over and posters and balloons!! It was awesome!!!
Some sweet little girls who stay late after school with me everyday pulled their money together for a cake for me and they got their entire class to sing to me, and another student made me some brownies, while yet another student brought me some cookies (sugar overload, but it was sooo sweet of them!!) If that wasn't enough, I had 4 phone calls with classes singing happy birthday over the speaker phone!
All of that was just at work!
When I got home, Jon took me to Joe's Crab Shack where I got crab legs -- YUM!!! - and they sang to me.
Then, just to add to the deliciousness of the day - we then went to the Cheesecake Factory and got entire cheesecakes! Snickers and some fruity flavor that Jon likes - that I am sure will kill you -
Lacie and Sam, Ben and Tara, and Brendin and Nikki (yup, the Blogging Guru) came over and we had cheesecake and I got some amazing gifts - they really were too generous!!! I got beautiful old books - The Scarlet Letter (it's a bright red book!!), The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Moby Dick - and Jon got me the most amazing Complete Works of William Shakespeare!! Nikki and Brendin got me a gift card to a great shoe store!
I was really soooo spoiled this year! I am so grateful for all of the time and effort and money everyone spent to make my Birthday special!!
Whoever said Mormon's can't have a rockin' good 21st was crazy!!!!!!!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Starting Fresh

Ok - so this is my third try at making a blog - but you know what they say, "Third time's the charm" so here goes.....wish me luck!
Now I must warn you that I am still not good at the inner-workings of blogging, but I am going to spend some quality time with my sister-in-law Nikki (aka Blogger Extraordinaire!) sometime soon and learn how to make this the coolest - or maybe second coolest (after Nikki's of course) blog you have ever seen in your life! So stick with me through my "lame" stages, I promise it will get cool someday!
Let me spend some time to explain why I have such a desire to have a blog and why I am so persistent even though it seems to be a very difficult thing for me.....
There is the article that my dad got me hooked called called "The Back Bench" (http://www.nauvoo.com/thebackbench/). It is written by Aaron Johnston, a Mormon guy with a bunch of great thoughts and a magnificent talent for putting them into words. Well, one day as I was reading an article by him, I thought to myself, "Self, you have some thoughts and ideas and you like to share them with people (sometimes when they don't want to hear it) you should have a place to do that!"
But does such a magnificent place exist? I mean, my friend Aaron is endorsed by big-wigs like Orson Scott Card (I am a big fan of Orson!! Have you read his short story "Lost Boys"? If not, you should - it is amazing!!!), and I am endorsed by....uh......lets see.....well, my dad has read a lot of Orson Scott Card, does that count?
But then I was looking at my sister-in-law, Shaunalee's blog and it hit me! It was as though angels were singing and a great pillar of light shone down up on the computer - EUREKA!! This was it! A free venue where I can rant and rave, or just spill out the stuff in my brain, and people might actually read it!!! Sweet huh?
So that is the reason for my persistence -
For now all that will be featured on my blog are my thoughts because of my sincere lack of ability in the hip new blogging world - but stick with me, and you can bet I will get some cool stuff on here!!