Thursday, September 25, 2008

Walk Down High School Lane...

FUN FACTS FROM HIGH SCHOOL

1. Did you date someone from your school? I dated my friend Michael for a few months, but we were much better off as friends. Jeremy and I started dating when I was 16 and a half and the rest is history.

2. What kind of car did you drive? I bought Michael's step-sister Kendria's 1989 red Nissan Sentra, I loved that car!

3. Were you a party animal? Nope, well I guess it depends on the type of party. My group of friends and I had a lot of goofy, fun parties, but not any wild crazy parties.

4. Were you considered a flirt? I am sure I flirted a bit.

5. Were you in band, orchestra, or choir? Choir all four years and I LOVED it!

6. What was your most embarrassing moments of high school? Freshman year, when I was walking to class and my friend Nikki Broby ran up behind me to tell me that my skirt was tucked under my backpack, lesson leaned, "Don't wear short skirts!" Sophomore year my skater friend Chad was walking past me in the drama hallway and I was sitting on the floor, I reached up to grab his baggy pants and they fell down to his ankles, I felt horrible. Junior year was when I walked into a closed door as I was talking to one of the boys in my math class that was hitting on me. Senior year was when I was following our whole class towards the auditorium for an assembly and I had an armload of stuff and I missed a step down and literally went flying through the air and all of my stuff went everywhere and I hurried and jumped up and tired not to cry, but my knees we bleeding and my elbows felt like I had broken them, good times, good times.

7. Were you a nerd? I was about 50% nerd, 50% cool. Honestly though looking back, who isn't a nerd in high school. The cool kids even seem nerdy after 10 years.

8. Were you on any varsity teams? I got a varsity letter in choir and I lettered in swim team, but everyone probably does. I was the Choir president and Captain of the swim team though!

9. Did you get suspended/expelled? Nope, my teachers all liked me.

10. Can you still sing the fight song? I can remember about 3/4Th's of it, but the tune is forever burned into my memory!

11. Who were your favorite teachers? Mr. Pecora because he always gave me extra Algebra help, unfortunately he killed himself the year after he was my teacher. That was sad. My other favorites were Mr. McClure my chem teacher because he was just a big teddy bear and also my swim coach and I seriously just loved that man like a dad he wasn't old enough to have a kid my age, but seriously the greatest man. Last but not least was my choir teacher Jan Jackson, she was just so fun and there was literally never a dull moment in that class.

12. What was your school's full name? Cibola High School.

13. School mascot? We were the Raiders, so we had a conquistador. I know I spelled that wrong.

14. Did you go to homecoming, and with who? Honestly I don't remember much about Homecoming, I remember the parade and game, but I think our group of friends probably went out to eat and hang out somewhere else during the dance portion.

15. If you could go back and do it again, would you? I loved high school, but heck no, I LOVE my life right now.

16. What do you remember most about graduation? That is was stinkin hot and crowded. I remember my friend Julie R. singing a song at it. I remember thinking that I wished Jeremy was there, but he had left on his 2-year mission like the month before. I was still in a slight depression over that. I also remember having a great time at grad night after the ceremony with my friends.

17. Where did you go senior skip day? I think most seniors go to the river, I don't think I went though, not positive on that one.

18. Were you in a club? I was in the National Honors Society, Choir club, Drama Club, and I think that is it.

19. Have you gained some weight since then? Yep, but my kids were worth it, now I just got to get it back off, but I am wanting another kiddo, so I may have to wait a little while yet to get back to my h.s. weight.

20. Who was your prom date? Junior year, Jeremy, Senior year, Jeremy. How many people can say the 4 big formal dances they went to were with the man they ended up marrying! I love that I have all those picts for our kids to look back on.

21. Are you planning on going to your 10 year reunion? Well since it was last year, I guess not. Honestly the people I really care to see I still keep in contact with and there are lots of people I can catch up with on myspace and stuff.

22. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself? Don't worry about Chad Williams, that was drama in my life when I turned 16, but thank goodness it didn't end the way we had hoped it would. Freshman year, don't wear the Looney Tunes outfit.
Don't ditch and walk to Frys and Payless with Maressa, her mom will think you are a bad influence, don't "go out" with Bruno freshman year, that was a strange one, wear a helmet and pads when roller blading with Michael, don't walk around the church building really fast with Maressa (you look like a couple of nerds) Last but not least pay more attention in seminary!

So there you have some of the good, the bad, and the ugly of high school. I actually really really loved it though! I am going to tag Angela Elliot, I had to use her maiden name since I am thinking of her from h.s.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Skyler is a Wolf grrrrr...





So Skyler had Pack Meeting tonight, it was his first one, they didn't really have scouts during the summer. He had so much fun, Kenz loved doing all the goofy applause's. It was cute. He got his Wolf Merit Badge and was very glad not to be a Bob Cat anymore. So here are a couple pictures from his night, oh and excuse the goofy grin on my face as he was pinning the pin on me, someone had my camera and took a picture. I was laughing because he had grabbed my shirt to pin my pin on and about flashed everyone there. It was a proud moment for me, not the whole flashing thing, but just his first step on his path in the scouting program.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Girls Weekend


Makenzie with her cousins D and R

Our newest cousin, cute baby D

grandma and Kenz(sorry mom, I know you didn't want a picture of you without makeup,but you are beautiful with or without it!

MaKenzie, Kaleb, and the C.I. Kola at the hands and Voices Expo

So this weekend was the first big convention for AZ Hands and Voices here in Phoenix. After I picked up the kids from school on Friday, I dropped Skyler off at my best friend Shelly's house and Kenz and I headed up to Phoenix. We stopped by by sister N's house and saw her four day old baby, and her 2 year old son, her girls were off camping with their dad. It was so nice holding a brand new baby, he is sure a cutie pie. It made me even more excited for the time when Jermey and I will have more kiddos. After visisting for about an hour we went and spent the night at my mom's house. It was great getting to visit with her, she is such an amazing person. I am so lucky to have such a wonderful, loving mother. I pray that my kids will be as close to me when they are grown as I am to her. Anyways, Kenz and I got up early Saturday and headed over to the ASU Memorial Union Building where I spent the day learning about IEP's, FM Systems, bonding with other parents and professionals who work with hearing impaired children. Kenzie spent the day playing with lots of friends from her old school and we ate a yummy lunch together before my second half of classes. It was a great experience and I feel so blessed to have such a great support system there in Phoenix, my goal is to get a chapter of AZ Hands and Voices started right here in Yuma. We went back to mom's at 5pm and hung out and then mom and I watched a movie on Hallmark chanel and ate popcorn together. I love spending time with her. We went to church in her ward on Sunday and then headed home to our boys. They too had a fun weekend full of fishing and fun!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Hooray for the Monsoon!




So as I was driving the kids home from school today, I notice a dark cloud gathering above our neighborhood. I was praying that the rain would hold off till we got inside so I wouldn't have to worry about Kenzie's hearing aid and Implant processor getting wet. SO about a foot from our door the rain just starts slamming down, she is trained well so she covered both devices with her hands as I rushed us all inside. Once we got in we took off the backpacks and her equipment and went out and played in the rain. It rarely rains here, so we have to enjoy what we can get. The kids and I ran up and down our little street, the water was running into the road, the way it is set up to prevent the houses flooding allowed us to have water up to our ankles in some parts of the street, it was awsome, we were soaked from head to toe, but we loved every minute of it. Kenzie wanted me to tell her whenever I heard thunder, I would have to tap her and tell her since she is completely deaf without her equip. on. I was not sure why she wanted me to, but she just wanted to enjoy the storm the same way Skyler and I were. I am sure grateful for technology that allows my little girl to be a part of the hearing world. I am sure one day they will have a device that she can wear all the time, so she can hear in all situations. I used to really take for granted things like being able to hear when you are taking a bath or in the pool or being able to hear the ocean while you are swimming in it, or being able to hear thunder when you are playing in a storm. Sound is a beautiful thing and I don't think I will ever take it for granted again.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Fishing, Yuma Style












So we decided to go fishing Saturday morning, for those of you who don't know this is one of Jeremy's favorite things to do. We got up, ate breakfast and went out to a spot Jeremy likes to fish, unfortunately there were already people there, so we went down further to another area, notice the graffiti in the pictures where the kiddos are standing, nice... Kenz was the only one who caught anything, actually she caught three little blue gills with her handy dandy Barbie fishing pole. I was joking with Jeremy and told him I would buy him one for Christmas because last time we went fishing, the barbie pole was the only pole that snagged a fish. Skyler did catch a tiny fish with his net, he was pretty excited about that since it was more developed than a minnow. It was a great time for about 20 minutes and then I was ready to leave. If you wonder why, just look at Kenzie's poor face, fishing when the temps are above 100 stink, and yes that is sweat on her face not water. Jeremy and the kids had a blast though, so that is good enough for me!