Sunday, December 14, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
1. As a comment on my blog, leave one memory that you and I had together, or one of the first memories you have of me. It doesn't matter if you knew me a little or a lot, anything you remember
2. If you like the idea of knowing what others remember about you, leave this post on your blog!
(Sounds an awful lot like one of those e-tag things doesn't it?)
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
The point is that I was tagged again. List 6 quirky things about me...
1. I hate it when my hands feel dirty. Not particularly when they are actually dirty or the knowing or feeling bacteria or germs abound on them, nope. Just the physical feeling of my hands being dirty.
2. You know when you get a sunburn bad enough that your skin peels- I like to peel it. I know, gross. Now I have to say that only my immediate family will I dare to touch dead skin cells, but it has to be outside or in the bathroom. The thought of dead skin floating around on the couch or in the kitchen makes me gag.
3. I have to take a shower after I take a bath. I am not sure why this is.
4. I have a really hard time putting down a project. I feel like I just have to finish the sewing, scrapbooking or book I am reading and it takes all my will power to put it down for another time.
5. I have three kids, three little kids, but I can not stand noise. Crying I can take, loud music I can take, they have a bazillion toys that make sound and that's not it either, it's just plain noise. Pointless unnecessary noise.
6. I hate the feeling of fabric between my teeth. For some people it's nails on a chalk board, but for me any kind of fabric between my teeth just gives me chills.
Friday, August 15, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Four places I've lived
1. Longmont, CO
2. Topeka, KS
3. Manhattan, KS
4. Westminster, CO
Four favorite books
1. Gone with the Wind
2. Pride and Prejudice
3. Narnia Chronicles
4. Little Women
Four Favorite Movies
2. Gone with the Wind
4. Pride and Prejudice (most recent with Kira Knightley)
Four embarrassing facts about me
1. I have more stripes than a zebra (thank you pregnancy)
2. I don't believe in making my bed, we're just going to mess it up again. I am working on this. It is , however, required of my children to make theirs. Strange.
3. I worry way too much about what other people think
4. I love to wear "sweats". Can we say homely house wife? They are just so comfortable when all I have to do that day is play with kids or clean.
Four dreams of mine
1. that my children turn out to be good, kind, faithful people in spite of me.
2. To do a tri-atholon next summer
3. To serve a mission with my husband someday.
4. Emily put it well-To be a good person. A kind, considerate, patient, confidant, fun, generous person. Someone I can look back at when I am a hundred years old and be happy with.
Four pet Peeves
1. Junk mail
2. Hearing "Mom" or "Mommy", or any other variation of the name, 50 times in less than a minute.
3. Toys everywhere! I hate it when I look around and feel like my kids have every toy in creation that they don't play with.
4. Unfinished projects
Four things that make me really happy
1. When, out of nowhere, one of my children gives me a hug or says I love you.
2. When John is especially sweet to me or when I make him laugh.
4. To have the knowledge of the gospel in my life, particularly the atonement.
Tag four people
Monday, August 11, 2008
1. What is his name? John David Balsmeier
2. Who eats more? I am not really sure. He probably does, most of the time. He is always on or off some kind of crazy diet and dieting is against my religion, but I am often pregnant or nursing.
3. Who said "I love you" first? He did. I was actually in shock considering we had only known each other a couple of weeks.
4. Who is taller? Him, easy. He actually calls me a midget on occasion.
5. Who is smarter? Me, of course! No not really, we just know different stuff.
6. Who is more sensitive? Me, hands down.
7. Who does the laundry? Me!!!!!!!!!!!!
8. Who sleeps on the right side of the bed? John
9. Who pays the bills? John. We have a great system-John goes to work and makes the money, and I spend the money so he has to figure out where to send all that hard earned income. Works for me.
10. Who cooks more? Me. I cook just about everything. Occasionally on Saturdays he will go and pick up donuts, I don't think that really counts though.
11. What meals do you cook together? None really. Once in a blue moon he will want to cook something fancy for Sunday dinner and I'll help him out.
12. Who is more stubborn? Um, that's tough. We are both pretty stubborn.
13. Who is the first to admit they were wrong? It depends on the situation. We are both are both willing to admit we were wrong, if we were wrong. I am positive I am never wrong though, so it must be John
14. Who has more siblings? John. There are 7 kids on his side and 4 on mine.
15. Who wears the pants in the relationship? Well, my first instinct is to say that I do but he is pretty definite on the things that are important to him.
16. What do you like to do together? We like going out to eat and to movies. We also enjoy bike riding and spending time with the kids.
17. Who eats more sweets? That would be John.
18. Guilty pleasures? Who's mine or his? Well, mine would be buying myself or my daughter the umpteenth pair of shoes I just can't resist. John's might have to be the sweets. Like I said he is always on some kind of diet but he can't resist cake!!
19. How did you meet? We actually met on a blind date. He was out here in CO visiting a friend, an old family friend that happened to be one of my best friends. Her and I were home from college in UT for the Thanksgiving break. She was gong out and didn't want John to stay home or be a third wheel. She talked me into my first and last blind date. You'll have to ask John about his suave and smooth behavior, not only on the first date, but his farewell when he left for KS.
20. Who asked who out first? Like I said, we were set up.
21. Who kissed who first? Well, that would be John kissing me on like our third date or something. Not to say I didn't kiss him back.
22. Who proposed? John asked me to marry him. We had known each other for just over two months. Are we seeing a pattern here? John moves fast! No sense in waiting if you know what you're supposed to do I guess.
23. His best features? I love his eyes and his smile. I know they're not physical, but I love his work ethic and how he teases me and plays with the kids.
24 What is his greatest quality? Hmm, it's hard to think of just one. He has a good sense of humor which makes our marriage interesting and fun. But his charitable spirit is really amazing to me.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
My grandma has been in town visiting and it's been really great to see her. As she has been here at home with the kids and I all during the day, I am a little self consious about my parenting. You know, I want my grandma to be proud of me not thinking, "OH my gosh, what the heck is going on here." Amidst this self scrutiny, I have noticed that my patience has, in fact, decreased with each child I have had. Like the more children the less patience. Isn't it supposed to be the other way around? I am so incredibly grateful for each of my children and I hope that they know I love them despite how stressed or upset I act sometimes.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Monday, June 2, 2008
As far as what the heck this has to do with anything, well, my van has magic doors!! Abbi thinks it's the greatest that the sliding doors will seemingly open and close by themselves. She likes to pull the handle or push the button that starts the magical motion. While she is a bit confused about the real process of these amazing contraptions, I agree that they are magical. It is absolute magic to me to have the process of getting three kids into the car made a bit easier. That one part of my day goes a little smoother and stress free. (Well, not exactly stress free.) Have I mentioned that I am really liking my new van? I told John that the next van we get is going to have to have the automatic tailgate on it too!!
Speaking of John, I did take a ride on the motorcycle and it was a lot of fun. My pink helmet has still not arrived, I know you were wondering. On the first ride I took we noticed there was this funny noise every time John shifted or we went over a bump. We thought it was the shocks, they are, after all, older than I am. When we got back to the house John made a discovery, it wasn't the shocks that were making the noise. In fact it was the weight of my big rear on the back making the fender hit the tire!! Now, John may have thought this but he didn't say it (Good boy) and he tightened up the springs. We took it out again and it only happens if we go over a pretty big bump. New shocks are a little pricey so I guess maybe I could lose a leg or something and lighten the load on the back half of the seat.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
We purchased a new tent and some cots for the trip. Cots? You might ask. Well, no matter where we go, it's all about the sleep with John. He needs to get a good nights rest or he doesn't enjoy the trip. Not me, I might be a tad sore in the morning, but I can sleep anywhere. We also had some major issues with the air mattress last time he came, so cot it is. The beg tent is nice, we can all fit with ease, the cots too.
I am so looking forward to going. It's my vaca. Yeah, sure it's camping, but it's also a week chilling in the water and spending time with family. On top of that, I slack on my mothering too. We have but two rules at the lake - life jackets and liquids. The kids have to wear a life jacket always, unless sleeping, and they have to drink lots of water. That's it. John doesn't really believe me when I tell him how much the kids enjoy going to the lake, but come on . . . they get one whole week where they can eat what they want (or don't want), go to bed when they want and play all day. What toddler, or kid for that matter, wouldn't just love that? That's their dream, right?
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Monday, May 5, 2008
Allen and Megan were married April 22nd, and pretty much everyone was there. Yes, with all the Balsmeiers migrating from Kansas to Utah, it was almost as spectacular event as the exodus of the Jews with Moses. I am pretty sure Moses had less drama with his people than my family though. Anyways, we are excited to have Megan in our family, and hope she isn't too scared.
The kids are all doing well. Isaac is getting big (fat). Abbi and Jake are growing up and getting more ornery each day.
I am currently showing Clara how to update this, so she should be more diligent than I am.
That is all so far. Look forward to more fabulous posts by my lovely (and very Hot) wife!
Saturday, March 1, 2008
On February 27th, my younger brother Larry proposed to his girlfriend Megan. She said yes!!! They will be getting married in the Salt Lake City Temple on April 22nd. It will be a joyous occasion in a year filled with many blessings already. We are all very excited for them, and will all be trekking out to Utah. Fortunately, I will be trekking a little higher and faster as I will be flying in, (Southwest of course) and spending a couple extra days with him before the rest of my family gets here. So Salt Lake, watch out the weekend of the 18th of April, 2 crazy Kansas Mormon boys will be tearing up the town! Actually, we will probably go out for sushi.
Monday, February 18, 2008
Sunday, February 17, 2008
I went to Wal-Mart yesterday and bought a web cam. Well actually 4 web cams. Clara and I had been talking about getting one so the kids could video chat with their cousins and grandma in Kansas. I originally went for a $20 Logitech that got pretty good reviews. When I went to get it, there were a whole slew of other types ranging from $16 up to almost $100. What caught my eye was a box that had 2 cameras in it. It was made by a company called Ezonics, and it was an EZ Video Chat kit. It came with 2 headsets as well. So I bought the last 2 boxes they had. Best part...$35. That’s $15 a camera and they are a higher resolution (1.3mp) than the $20 Logitech. I set mine up and it came with some extra programs. One was a video creator, one was a video mail program, and the other was a surveillance program....creepy. Anyways, I set it up with yahoo chat, and once my family members get theirs set up, we will try it out. I spent a while trying to set up the head set so we could use it as a microphone. I later found out that the camera has one built in. We have our computer hooked up to our big screen in out room, so the headset was not feasible as it did not reach very far. For one on one chat at a desk, the headset would work fine. For multiple people, stick with the mic in the camera and turn up the volume. Anyways, my sister is taking one box back with her, and will use one of the cameras, and give the other to my mom. Clara’s brother Aaron and his wife will get the other since they will have a new baby in June, and that way Clara's parent's can see her. We hope we can get good use out of these.
Saturday, February 16, 2008
My sister, JJ comes into town today. I am getting ready to go pick her up from the airport in a few minutes. She had an early flight that wasn't cancelled until her husband already dropped her off and left. She caught another a couple hours later. That’s why I never fly United. Only Southwest. Besides, you have to love a company whose President said "Work is either fun or drudgery. It depends on your attitude. I like fun." (Colleen C. Barrett) I was very happy when Southwest changed their policy to where you didn't have to race to the line to get a front seat. Instead, they now assign you a number and you stand in place when it is time to board. It saves me from having to watch those weird people standing by the gate 2 hours before we board, just so they can get the seat they want. I never cared to do that; I figured as long as I have a seat, I am happy. Besides, I would usually try to sit behind the wing. It is pretty cool watching the flaps raise and lower as we go along. The scary part is landing. Have you ever seen the wings when a plane lands? The flaps flip up at a 90 degree angle, and those 3 feet of resistance that they create actually slows the plane down?! The other scary part about sitting by the wing is when you swear the plane isn't level because your wing is almost touching the ground. But I digress. I am very happy to have JJ spend the week with us because I have to go to work, and Clara shouldn't be doing too much with the C-Section. Abbi and Jake are excited as well, but I don't think they realize their cousins are not coming with her. They love their cousins and miss them. I think we are going to invest in a web cam so we can do video chat with them and Grandma Kathi. Anyways, I am off to the airport. I will arrive on time because I am driving a Chevrolet Impala. Unlike United, it is very reliable.