Friday, January 22, 2010

a little close?!

I remember a little rule when dating that when there is an awkard pause or you can't think of a word to say to the person (because let's say your just not interested in divulging personal information of what you're really thinking) that you talk about the weather...
Not sure if that is the case when blogging, since my last post was dedicated to weather and as is this one...
SURE... I could talk about a LOT of things that have been going on, for instance:
I turned twenty six last week!? I'm really starting to feel the effects of getting older... I always give myself two weeks to decide on New Years resolutions and then put them into action after my birthday... One being to excercise daily (like everyone else.) Not only have I noticed those bags of M&M's I devoured last year are now starting to make appearances on my body, but I also have noticed after a week of intense work outs that I do not bounce back as quickly from intense workouts as I once used too. It hurts to sit, walk, and do pretty much anything. :)
I did enjoy a great date night for my birthday with two handsome boys.
(And thanks to you for all the wishes and cards!)
MAYBE, I could write about adventures in potty training a two year old...
on second thought, maybe I won't. That is a pretty rough subject at our house lately. We'll just say... It's happening.
OR, I could write about something fun and how JC and I have turned into superior skilled craftsmen in designing and creating DIY projects.... BUT, we'll wait until the projects are finished and let you decide how "skilled" we really are.
HOW ABOUT, my sweet little boy who sings to me all day long. His new favorite songs are... I'm a child of God, The prayer song (Not sure exactly what it is called... It starts, "I begin by saying Dear Heavenly Father.") I love hearing him sing, especially primary songs. He also has another favorite song I catch him singing regularly around the house.... "Down" by Jay Sean
He sings,
"Even if the sky is falling down.
Down. Down.
Doowwwn, Ooohhh"
It makes me smile.
BUT, really sometimes the weather is just a little bit more exciting.
Like yesterday's SEVENTY THREE degree weather!
Last night as I was fixing dinner I heard an old familiar sound... Not one that I'm too fond of... AT ALL.
In fact this sound replays over and over in my nightmares.
It lets fear overtake my entire body.
I start to panic.
It is the sound of a tornado siren.
We've experienced a few of these before.
You can read the stories here and here. :)
It never gets any less scary.
I ran to tell JC (who was in the shower) that the sirens were going off...
When we opened the back door this is what we saw.


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Just glad this little one wasn't moving towards us. It left it's path of damage... including picking up a truck with two people in it and slamming it into the side of a house.

I'm considering the fact that 73 degrees in the middle of January mixing with cold air maybe isn't such a good thing.

I knew this was coming, but thought I had some time to wait since I think the season doesn't officially begin until March-June.

Lovely.

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I guess this is what I get for wanting to live in Sweet Home Alabama. :)

Monday, January 18, 2010

Winter Weather...

Wow... I am a lazy blogger lately. :)

With that said and no promises to get any better here is a catch up of the last few weeks...

A couple of weeks ago we were warned of WINTER WEATHER coming...

It would be hazardous, treacherous, dangerous, ARCTIC climate awaits, and the worst one 1-2 inches of SNOW... (at least that is what we were told.) JC received numerous e-mails all week warning them of the climate to come and to make sure they had contact numbers in case they were stranded or couldn't make it into work. By Wednesday night they were reporting school/work closures all over Northern Alabama...

and... IT HADN'T EVEN SNOWED YET!!!

Sure it was cold... but, definitely not ARCTIC.

Thursday afternoon they sent JC home from work... It had snowed an INCH and they closed down the ENTIRE arsenal (army post.) No joke... for an inch.

Oh and it gets better.

They cancelled work on FRIDAY too.

Wednesday night we went grocery shopping and I kid you not when I say there was NO bread or milk on the shelves and the water was stock-piled by the registers.


I was in shock... I didn't realize that 1-2 inches of snow and 10 degrees outside resulted in panic and food storage.
I'm not sure if Alabama folk would survive the "Winter Weather" of Utah.
I remember numerous occasions growing up when my nose hairs were frozen from walking outside. :) As well as driving through the canyon on my way to work in Logan (WHILE pregnant) before the snow had been plowed, in the dark... as I literally plowed my way through. That was treacherous, dangerous, and I thought I would die on many occasions.
I offered some of the longest prayers of my life on those drives.

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We survived our "Alabama Winter Weather" (even with a smile on our face.)

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This was the end of our storm... In my terms that's a "skiff" of snow... (no where near the 1-2 inches predicted.)
So you might ask what we did during our Winter Weather weekend...
WELL,
Thursday night we celebrated victory with the rest of our great state of Alabama in winning the Rose Bowl! Woohoo!
Friday while the rest of the state shut themselves in - we headed out for a fun evening of bowling and pizza with friends.

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Our fun friends the {A} family always makes good company.
We love getting together with them.

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This cute boy is a talented natural born bowler... Zenock couldn't hold still for two seconds to get any "bowling" pictures.

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These two were fierce competitors... We'll leave it at that. We wouldn't want feelings to be hurt.

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Yes, that would be my child break dancing in the middle of the bowling alley.

I was pretty excited to capture Zenock's sweet new dance move on camera. I give all the teaching credit of this cool move to his ultra cool Dad.

To say the least, it is hilarious... I can't get enough of it. Maybe, if I get lucky I can get it on video and post it. :)

We had a great evening and survived our winter weather! Yeah!

update on weather: Today: Went jogging in 65 degrees!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

a few favorites :)

Remember that freezing cold day I mentioned... The one where we got family pictures.
Well... here they are. :)

A few of our favorites.

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The fact that Zenock is actually smiling and not shaking and telling me he's freezing was purely skill by our photographer.

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I love pictures that can capture everyday moments. :)

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Trying for a good one...


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My sweet husband hates pictures and especially hates "walking" shots... I think he was declaring that while we were walking for this picture.

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Love this picture, but it makes me cry to realize my baby is turning THREE in 2010.


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I had to throw in this picture... I laugh every time I look at it. It was literally freezing. (Around 25 degrees.) He was trying so hard to smile. Before we left he was practicing his smile while I said "Cheese!" When we got in the car after taking pictures, he started crying and saying, "Mom! I wanted to smile and take pictures."

I'll use that as an excuse for more pictures when it warms up. :)

p.s. Grandma's (Great included)... You'll be receiving your set within the next week.

p.p.s Happy HAPPY Birthday Dear ol' (not old) Dad/Grandpa. Love you lots!

I have to share a cute story...

My Dad taught Zenock how to make funny faces on skype. Now Zenock does his "Grandpa funny face" all the time and tells me, "Mom, Do the Grandpa face." :)