Friday, February 29, 2008

Tag I'm It!!

This is my first tag ever! I officially love blogging! It's so fun, but it's so hard to explain why to people who don't blog. Weird phenomenon, huh? We should make up a Blang word for that! So, anyone who reads this... submit one, and the winner will get a prize!

Here's the tag...

What were you doing 10 years ago?
Ten years ago I was engaged to my darling Dustin. We had been engaged for 21 days ten years ago today! So, I was also working in Logan, UT at TKI (a screen printing shop) and I was going to Idaho every weekend to plan my wedding with my mom! And I was living at Oakridge missing my BVS because she was in the MTC!!!

What were you doing 1 year ago?
One year ago I was doing the same things I am doing now... being a mom and a wife, working on personal growth and leadership development, dipping pretzels, managing apartments, being happy!

Five snacks you enjoy
1- Cinnamon Toast
2- Gala Apples with Tillamook medium cheddar cheese
3- Figoco with mascarpone cheese and wafer crackers....mmmmmmmm mmmmmm good!
4- Kozy Shack Rice Pudding
5- Cheese Danish

5 Things I would do if I was a millionaire
(correction: WHEN I'm a millionaire)
1- Set up trusts for my kids (amen, Britta), and donate lots to incredible causes.
2- Help as many other people get to millionairehood as I can.
3- Put my kids in private school, or else hire someone to tutor them at home...someone whose ideals are very much in alignment with my own.
4- Buy a few hundred acres that are partially wooded with water running through it and build my house that I've had in mind for a long time and have horses and lots of outbuildings and lots of things to do to teach my kids how to work like past generations had to! (That would mean I would have to learn right along with them!)
5- Travel around the world gaining an education of every place we visit. (the whole family!)

5 Bad Habits
1- I have been, in the past, a nervous picker... pick at my arms or whatever flaw on my skin. (I am claiming these as past tense, because I refuse to use the I am statement on these things I am trying to change!)
2- I have been known, in the past, to be a procrastinator.
3- I have been known, in the past, to raise my voice to my children.
4- I have been known, in the past, to have a problem with punctuality.
5- I have been known, in the past, to spend too much time on the computer. (like right now!)

5 things you like doing?
1 - Singing and trying to learn the guitar. But singing esp. It makes my heart light!
2 - Reading (love fiction and non-fiction both... but mostly read non these days... except for Twilight series *amen, again, Britta!* and I swing for Team Edward!!!!!)
3 - Blogging!
4 - Hanging out with people I love
5 - Sewing, ultimate Frisbee, planting things in my flower beds, reading to my children... ok that's more than 5, I realize! Get over it! ;)

5 things you would never wear again
1- Doughnut rolled socks over stirrup pants!
2- Units (remember that store that had all different colors of the same knit things with "Bandos" that went on your waist that you could also wear as a mini skirt!)
3- Jelly shoes... They might come back in, but the thought of wearing them and getting sweaty feet... ugh!
4- Cotton G's (Do I hear an Amen to Britta's comment?)
5- Peg leg pants... please oh please let this be true that I will never wear these again! Probably we should never say never to anything, because everything comes back! YIKES!

5 Favorite Toys
1- My guitar
2- My cell phone
3- CD player in my car
4- Portable DVD player... so nice to have at times like long car trips and when I am stuck doing something like tiling the floor at one of our apartments and I have my kids with me!
5- Shop Vac that I gave Dusty for Christmas! I just love Shop Vacs and this one rolls on its wheels so nicely!

So, I tag Rachel, Melissa D., Tricia and Mags
Here's the tag!
What were you doing 10 years ago?
What were you doing 1 year ago?
Five snacks you enjoy
5 Things I would do if I was a millionaire
5 Bad Habits
5 things you like doing?
5 things you would never wear again
5 Favorite Toys

Westward Ho!!!

I had the incredible opportunity last weekend to travel to St. Louis, Missouri, the "gateway to the west", to attend a National Leadership Conference with TEAM. It was, as ever, such an incredible experience. The information and association I get from these conferences are priceless.

I forgot to take any pictures while we were in our conference, but we did do the tourist thing for a bit. The picture above is me by the Mississippi River! Yay! We stayed in a sweet hotel (sweet, but not quite a suite)! It was very spacious with a living room and everything! I have not frequented hotels much in my lifetime until the last couple years, and it was the nicest room I've ever stayed in.

I got the pleasure of traveling with my parents, which is always great! Dustin gets the Dad of the Century award, cuz he stayed home with the kids and I was gone for a total of five days! He is truly amazing and loves being a dad and getting to spend time with our kids.

Anyway... here are a few pictures of me, Mom and Dad visiting the Gateway Arch. I was very impressed with this amazing structure.


This is my dad standing in front of the Arch. It was SO massive, I couldn't get over it!












This is me in one of the weird little pods that you squeeze into to ride to the top of the arch.





And this one on the right is a view of the pod from where you stand before you climb in... looks like an escape pod on the Enterprise, no? They were so small, I felt a little claustrophobic. That door was only about 4 feet high.






This was in the top of the arch. It is 630 ft. high. It is built in such a way that it can take winds of 150 mph and will only sway a total of 18 inches - 9 inches in either direction.




This was the view from the top of the arch. That pretty building is the capital building.







That is the Edward Jones Dome... home of the St. Louis Rams. That is where our we spent most of the weekend. Our convention was held there. It's a huge building with a huge price tag. I learned that when it's paid of it will have cost the City of St. Louis, and the county, I believe, as well as the State of Missouri a combined total of 720 million dollars, and it will cost the Rams Franchise essentially nothing. (so basically those taxpayers are footing the bill to have that NFL team there!) When I learned that, it became more clear why my friend paid $17 for a hot dog, a small bag of M&Ms and two bottles of water at the concession stand in the dome!


Mom and Dad waiting for the trip back down to the base. Each pod could hold 5 people. The pods traveled up in 4 minutes and went 4 mph. They rock back and forth a bit to keep the pod level. It was fascinating.






Here's me at the base of the arch! It was awesome and I was quite surprised at just how much I enjoyed the "Gateway to the West"!














Mom and Dad at the base of the arch... that's alot of steel!!!


















These other two are pictures of the construction of the arch. It took about two and a half years to build. AMAZING!!! I am grateful I had the opportunity to travel, see new places, spend time with people I love, miss my little family like crazy, and LEARN about myself and this amazing journey called Life!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Tubby Time!

(I forgot to post these, Britt! I'm glad you reminded me. Rohan woke up just after I posted that on yours, and I had to run upstairs... then I went to bed!)




This was not taken real recently, I think in about February of 2006, but it is my favorite kids-in-the-bath picture of all time! Look at their cute little faces!! I just want to EAT'UM!!! The haze on the pic is the steam in the bathroom. Maybe someday I can see if I could Photoshop it out... *which would mean I would have to get Photoshop!*

This is the favorite of Rohan! Look at that cute baby!



Those were my favorite... but I couldn't resist throwing a few more in...




Is it legal to eat children because they are sooooooooooooo cute? :P

Monday, February 18, 2008

Seven Year Old Bible Stories...

Today in Mac and Ella's primary, the gal doing the sharing time lesson was describing different stories from the scriptures. She was giving hints, and the kids were supposed guess what the story was. This particular story she was saying things like: "There were 10 men who were really sick. No one wanted to be around them. Jesus healed them and they all left. Only ONE came back to say 'Thank you'.

Mac was excitedly raising his hand. The teacher called on him and asked if he knew what the story was.

He, enthusiastically, said, "Yes! It's the story of the ten leprechauns!"

Everybody in the room burst into laughter as he was torn between laughing himself silly and utter embarrassment!

I am a proud Mamma of a precious little boy who really knows his Bible stories, but suffered from a moment of cuteness!!! I love my kids! :)

Leprechaun

Friday, February 15, 2008

Tears on My Keyboard

I don't know this woman. We have a mutual blogging friend, and I blog-hopped to her page for some unknown reason. I am so glad I did. I read only this one entry. God bless her. There may be no crying in dispatch, but there is crying in front of my computer..... click here....

Be Mine, Valentine!

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Valentine's Day has come again... and gone!
Speaking of gone... Gone are the days of making Valentine's Boxes? It's looking more and more that way. My kids were so excited to make them and then we got letters from the teachers letting us know that we didn't have to make them. Ella's kindergarten class made "envelopes". While they were cute, they could not match the Barbie doll box I was planning to make her. It was going to be great! Imagine... a Barbie doll atop a large dress with a slit in the side for Valentine delivery! I was even gong to make it out of fabric over the "box" material so it really looked like a dress. barbie dress(Luckily, Ella was oblivious to these grandiose plans, so her disappointment at making an envelope was not so severe.) Mac was excited to make a robot again. But, alas, he joined with the rest of his class in decorating BROWN PAPER SACKS. Talk about a let down.
Fortunately, we did get to make a box for Mac last year... we made a cool robot that was covered in aluminum foil. It was great! He wanted to do it again, but the darned education system has to go and regulate every last detail of our lives!
HOT (sorry... I'll not get on THAT soapbox! But I couldn't resist putting that little clip on! I discovered Photobucket, if you can't tell...)

Soo..... I never do anything for Valentine's Day. Dustin and I always thought of it as an excuse to go out for dinner, but we got tired of fighting the crowds, not to mention we just don't want to pay a babysitter and all that good stuff. So, this year... I made an effort... a family affair. I had some success.


Notice the pink table cloth, white plates, pink napkins, and little Valentine candy boxes on the table? Yes, it was a big step for Clancy. I even made RED guava raspberry drink (not shown). Now for the big deal......


No, the big deal is not my children sitting at the dinner table in their undies....



OK, I know they are in their undies... I just don't know why. Something about the evening compels my children to run around in their undies! Now, look in the CENTER of the table!!!



Yes. That, my friends, is my very first heart shaped pizza... shaped by hand, by me... no pans or anything! I'm so proud! It was not bad tasting, either! That one (above) is the one the kids picked the toppings for. Here, (below) is the grown-up pizza! Not so pretty as the other as it's not on a stone or sitting on a lovely pink tablecloth. Alas, still a nice 2nd attempt at my own hand molded heart-shaped Valentine Pizza...




I am pleased with my attempts to be "Valentiney". It was a fun, busy day!

I have to throw in this last picture of my baby Valentine... and yes, he, too, is in his underwear!

Bloglet with a question mark....

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Why, on my previous post, is the date showing Tuesday, February 12th, when, in fact, I posted it Thursday, February 14th at 11:59 p.m.? Anyone who knows the answer to this question gets the Most Knowledgeable Blogger Award and you are, officially, a geek!!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

This Post Is Dedicated to the One I Love..... Waa-Huh....




I don't know if it's because it's Valentine's Day but I felt the need to enumerate the reasons I love my sweet Dusty! I thought I'd post a few pictures of him too... he has not previously graced this blog in pictures. Come to think of it, I've noticed that I don't put very many pictures on here at all... I'll work on that... Anyway- On to enumerating!

Top 10 reasons that Clancy loves Dustin (in no particular order of importance except for number 1):
10. He is steady... balances out my rollercoastering!
9. He is an incredible dad and all around family guy. He would rather be with Me, Mac, Ella and Rohan than do anything else! I'm so lucky!
8. He is sensitive to the needs of everyone around him... esp. me. Sometimes he knows what I need better than I do.
7. He is brave. Learning to change old habits and get rid of old baggage is scary at times! (Trust me, I know!)
6. He is patient. He waited patiently for 6 DAYS while I deliberated about whether or not I should marry him. Thank goodness he's patient!
5. He is disciplined and hard working. Disciplined = karate at 5:30 or 6:00 a.m. a couple times a week? Hard working = that picture above, with the white fence... that would be where he ripped out 5-6 foot tall lilac bushes in pursuit of a bryonia root. You have to dig those suckers out and he dug a HUGE hole... (Mac is standing in it) He's not afraid of hard work, and that's just one of a million examples.
4. He is a handsome devil! Just take a look at those pictures! Dang!
3. He is DEVOTED and faithful.
2. He is friendly and easygoing. Everybody likes him!
1. He is my match and I am so grateful for him in my life.

Happy Valentines Day. I love you.

-C

Monday, February 11, 2008

Gordon B. Hinckley Tribute


I loved this video. It's incredible how one person can work his way so deeply and firmly into countless hearts across the world, mine included. I have never met this beautiful man, yet I feel as close to him as if he were my own grandfather. He left a wonderful, optimistic mark on this, often, cynical world. I love him, and miss him.

Cutie Patootie

You might have notice the cute background I now have! I found *thanks to Tricia* a cute blog background page! Thanks to the gal who put loads of her time in so I could have a cuter blog! :) Anyway, check it out if you just need to shake things up a bit like I did!
http://cutestblogontheblock.blogspot.com

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Blang!

I just Googled the term "blogrolling" and I found the funniest thing on Wikipedia. Quoted from the link below... "This is a list of blogging terms. Blogging, like any hobby, has developed something of a specialized vocabulary"
Hence, the title of this entry! Blang is my very own specialized term for Blog Slang!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_blogging_terms

I never knew there was a name for those days you log on to your blog and feel like you should blog about something, but you can't think of anything (which is frequent for me!). Here's the "official" definition:
Blogstipation
The state of being unable to think of any topic to blog about, leading to irregular, strained blog entries. A rush of interesting events can clear the block; this is sometimes known as a blenema.
Or how about:
Bloglet
A small blog entry, usually one or two sentences long.
Or maybe you might recognize this one from my entry titled Laundry Piles Pay......
Blogorrhea
A portmanteau of "blog" and "logorrhea", meaning excessive and/or incoherent talkativeness in a weblog.
And, incidentally, I didn't know what logorrhea meant, so I clicked the above Wiki link and laughed as I read this fitting description of my "laundry" entry....

The spoken form of logorrhoea (in the non-medical sense) is a kind of verbosity that uses superfluous or fancy words to disguise a useless or simple message as useful or intellectual, and is commonly known as “verbal diarrhea” or “diarrhea of the mouth.”

Ha! I love the internet.

:)

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Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Alone With You


Washed in white,
Your placid face,
Your warm smile,
Flash across my vision
As I stumble on toward a state of bliss
I know can only exist when I close my eyes.

Alone with you.


-CLP






This is a poem I wrote when I was in high school. Actually, this is the first poem that I wrote that was for me and not for some assignment in school. It's just been on my mind, so I thought I'd share.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Laundry Piles Pay

So, I'm folding a mountain of laundry. And I mean MOUNTAIN. Perhaps perhaps Everest might be a stretch... (My sister Sassy gets the Everest award!) but definitely in the Mount McKinley range... (no pun intended. Really... Mac's laundry pile was the smallest of all the game!)

Anyway... I'm folding away. Off and on ALL DAY, when I finally get to my basket. *here's a little side bar... Dustin's clothes are my favorite to fold and put away, next comes towels, then Mac's, then Ella's, then Rohan's, and lastly, mine. Yes, my clothes are my least favorite to fold and put away. Don't ask me why, cuz I don't know. That's just the way it is.* OK, sidebar done... So, I came to the last pair of pants in my basket... picked them up and (literally) said to myself, " Oh, cool! I forgot about those pants!" *side bar #2- I haven't folded my whole basket in a long, long time... I just pick clothes off the top!*
So I'm folding and the pockets were all wrinkled so I was straightening them, felt something in there, and Voila! 40 bucks grew in my pocket in the bottom of the laundry basket!!!

So, I'm pretty sure that I only had loose change in those pockets, so I think that it's one of those laundry baskets that my financial planner was trying to get me to buy. You know the kind... one of those yellow baskets that, in exchange for keeping the money on deposit for the agreed-on term, these laundry baskets usually grant higher interest rates than they do on pockets from which money may be found, in pockets with frequent folders, although this may not be the case in an inverted yield curve situation. Fixed rates are common, but some laundry baskets offer various forms of variable rates depending on how often one folds and puts away. Sometimes, baskets that are indexed to the stock market, the bond market, or other indices are introduced with higher yielding interest rates...
Anyway, I inherited it from my grandma. (thanks, Grandma!) I bet if the rest of the family knew what kind of basket it was, they might have thumb wrestled me for it!

I knew there was a reason I never fold my clothes! :P Yay!


P.S. If anyone who reads this speaks financial-eez, please don't leave a comment telling me what a retard I am, cuz I am retarded on purpose! :)

Good Ol' Girl Time

We're happy to announce that today is Melissa Denning's Birthday, and so we'd like to sing her a little tribute!
Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday dear Melissa!!! Happy Birthday to you!

I know you're humming the tune in your head... now picture that over the Wal-Mart intercom while you're shopping for cereal and toilet paper! Yes, last night we kidnapped my friend Melissa for her birthday and drove around thrill-a-minute Idaho Falls making stops all over, complete with cue cards and a soundtrack (sort of... if the tech-ey could figure out how the heck to get the files from the MP3 player to a CD... although, to her credit, she only had 30 minutes and it wasn't her MP3 player) to clue the birthday girl in to where we were going! Emilee and I had a riotous time coming up with this hare-brained scheme. We laughed for days as we, cohorts, made up cheesy rhymes and thought of songs to accompany the evening. First, we (ok, Emilee) dressed her up like a cheerleader princess, complete with pink feather Boa. Then, we (Devon, Emilee, Melissa and I) went to Jamba juice while singing Girls Just Wanna Have Fun! Then off to Robert's craft store and got her 3 helium balloons that we tied to her wrist. Then to Wal-Mart where we made her ride in a wheelchair (I didn't realize until then that Melissa was capable of embarrassment!) and bought her some luscious chapstick. Then, embarrassment was taken to a whole new level, as Emilee broadcast over the intercom that it was Melissa's birthday, and then Emilee and I proceeded to sing the Happy Birthday song for her... and Emilee almost peed her pants laughing! It was incredible in its hilarity. We carried on going to several other places, purchasing a little something at each stop... with a cute little dorky message and song for each stop. (dorky, ie: "Life would stink if you weren't our friend" and we went and got a perfume sample at Target, singing Smells Like Teen Spirit as we drove there.) We ended the evening with Cheesecake at Johnny Carinos. ("We know we sound Cheesy, but if you weren't our friend, it wouldn't be easy, we might be queasy" and accompanied by Johnny B Good!) It was great fun and a night not soon forgotten. Thanks girls!

Square Pegs, Round Holes

She said, I feel so unsettled.
It has nothing to do with our stuff.
Just a feeling.
It's just not a good fit.
Does that make sense?

Yeah, it makes sense...
It's like a shirt too short that you constantly tug.
Like thinking you cleaned but it's just under the rug.
It's like Jr. High - feeling like a lost soul,
Like tryin' to fit square pegs in round holes.
Just doesn't fit.

She said, It's more than just stuff
and boxes everywhere.
"You mean your house?"
No, I guess right now
life isn't a good fit.
Like I'm waiting for something.
Watching out the window
Every time a car passes.

Yeah, that makes sense....
It's like the rain falling down when the sun is smiling.
Like oil and water, you just keep on trying.
It's like you've got the right piece but working on the wrong puzzle.
Like a fish on the sand gettin' comfortable.
Just doesn't fit.

Square pegs and round holes...
Just don't fit.


-CLP