Saturday, August 30, 2008

Here is Abigail's birthday party. After much debate, I decided to do a low-key birthday party in the back yard. We had just gotten the patio poured before we left for Powell. As sad as I was to see the road base go, it's pretty darn nice. Despite the patio being finished and the 'low key' status of the party, I still worked my butt off. The yard still needed a lot of work done, the food and favors and other stuff still had to get done. Oh yeah, the house needed a good cleaning too.

So we decided to go with 'balloons' instead of the original 'ice cream' theme she had wanted. You will notice the balloons cake (Thanks J!) and the semi-home-made hot air balloon pinata and the balloons every where. We had originally invited three or four families and all but one cancelled last minute. So there was us, Manda and Lin and our friends the Fowers. Awesome!

Abbi and the other kids had a good time and it was really great to get to know the Fowers a little better. They have been kind enough to invite us over once or twice and we finally had the opportunity to return the favor. Abbi got really great gifts and did an excellent job with her thank you cards. The BBQ was on the 22nd, on her actual birthday (21st) John brought her flowers. She said "Thank you Dad. But they're not tulips." What a gracious little girl! Then we went out for dinner. All day Thursday and Friday Jake would go up to her and say "Happy Birthday Abbi" and give her a hug. She did get sick of this by the end of the second day but it was so cute. He's pretty sweet to her sometimes, this might change when he realizes how snotty she is to him most of the time.

Thursday, August 28, 2008


I do need to post about Abbi's birthday but I am not going to go downstairs to get the camera. I will tell you that she asked me how old I am and I said, "I'm 26. I will be 27 on my next birthday." Her face and voice got very serious, nearly concerned, and she asked, "And then will you be old and wrinkly?" Well, the bright side is that she doesn't think this of me yet (I have 4 more months) and she was very concerned about me!!

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

A few things have been brought to my attention. I look terrible in that picture to the right here (I was camping, give me a break!) and some of you might be interested in John's smoothness those first couple of days we knew each other.

As for the first, well, like I said, I was camping and hair product and make up were no where to be found, let alone a mirror. I would have to agree that I look like poo but the pictures of me are few and far in between. I am in agree-ance with the friend that mentioned that the darker hair looks better and I am thinking about re-dying it. Anyway, those of you who are deeply concerned about my well being because of this picture-don't worry, I do, on a normal basis, have my hair done up cute with a pound and a half of hair product and my face is graced with mascara at least. I appreciate the concern and I would be deeply concerned as well if a friend of mine posted a picture of this horrific magnitude. Thank you for the concern all.

For the second subject-John. Well, like I said my friend convinced me to go on a date with him (I later found out that all she had to do was tell him that I was cute). Now keep in mind it was Thanksgiving Day, I was planning on staying home with my family. So I show up at Ashley's house and it's all commotion like it always is at her, or my house, and they introduce John and I. I think he may have said "Hi" but, other than that, he didn't say a word to me. I didn't speak to him either, but come on - he's the guy.

So we go to the movie theater (we being John, Ashley, TJ (who is now A's husband) and myself). I actually rode in the back seat with TJ. I don't remember how that worked out by the way, but I do remember them (A and TJ anyway, I don't think John knew me well enough and like I said he didn't speak to me) making fun of my because my coat smelled like Thanksgiving dinner. Actually, I think he may have said something like "I think you smell fine" so that brings the word count up to what? Six, yes, six.

Some of you might be thinking about now "So what? He didn't talk to you because he didn't know you." Well, those of you thinking this obviously don't know John. He could hold a conversation with a bush. Even if he didn't know said bush. Just not me apparently. Also, it might be crossing your minds that we were set up and he just didn't like me so he felt weird talking to me. Once again, remember the bush. On top of that, HELLO, we are married now, so obviously he had to have liked something about me. I now know that he even thought me very attractive, so I don't know. Six words? In what, an hour? Can we say suave?

Well, we made into the movie and we were very early. All four of us go in and sit down with like 45 min til the movie starts. We sit down in this order from left to right- me, Ashley, TJ then John. Ya, not only could he not speak to me but he couldn't sit next to me either. Well, given the extraordinary amount of time we had, Ashely and I start to goof off. We are running around and being silly (there is no one else in the theater, remember-it's Thanksgiving, most people are at home with their families not on a date with some guy snubbing them. I might also mention that at this point I was wishing that I had stuck to my original plans).So anyway, the movie gets ready to start and we all take our seats again, in the 'don't touch me' manner I explained, and Ashley and TJ decide to go get some food. So there we are John and I, all alone, but on opposite sides of the theater. I decided that this arrangement was a little ridiculous so I, yes I, went and sat next to him. Besides the fact that he found Monsters Inc. scary in a part or two, the rest of that evening was fine. I daresay fun.

So there's the first date for you. We went out like three more times that weekend and then he had to go back to KS (we left for college later that day). I walked him out to his car when he was leaving to say goodbye (remember, he had kissed me by this point. Bad boy!!). We are at his car and he gives me a hug and says "I will get your email address from Ashley" and he got in his car and left. Okay. Not very cool. I was pretty sure at that point that he was just a jerk and I was never going to hear from him again.

I realized that was not the case when I got to UT two whole days later (that's another story) and he had called fifty times and left like 10 return numbers. I guess he did like me. Who knew? Then a few short weeks later he tells me he loves me-shock ensues. Then a few short months later he proposes. I must have been in shock, more shock, because I did say yes!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Tagged again. . .

I know this pic was posted a while ago. I was trying to find a pic of me, just me, and I can't. Apparently, I am always the one taking the pics or I'm helping one of the kids do something for a picture of them. Anyway, this is one of the most decent and recent pictures of me. Besides, I love this picture. The search began because, my friend Emily tagged me to do a post about myself. For some reason this seems much harder than the one about John. Here goes...

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

1. Hairspray

2. Gone with the Wind

3. Transformers

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.

3. Shopping!

4. To have the knowledge of the gospel in my life, particularly the atonement.

Tag four people

1. J

2. Ashley

3. Jessica

4. Megan

Monday, August 11, 2008

Well, we made it home from Lake Powell. It was an interesting week. We made it there and my Dad's boat broke so he and John and my brother-in-law were up in Provo for a few days while the rest of us were stranded on the beach until my uncle showed up with his boat. There was a lot of talk of my dad buying a new boat. Then the boat trailer broke so he had to fix that and parked the boat. My uncle and his family are amazing. They were so willing to help and share 'boat time' since we were down to one boat that wouldn't fit everyone.

The highlights would be that John caught some fish, though too small to eat. He also went tubing and seemed to enjoy it although he claims to hate it. Abbi and Jake had a grand old time playing all day. They both really enjoyed the water and the boat. Abbi is okay with tubing as long as Mommy doesn't make it go under water. Isaac really loved just floating in the water despite the fact that the fish thought him some kind of delicacy and kept nibbling on him.

All in all. It was a good trip. Interesting and a little frustrating but good. We did some hiking and cliff jumping and played some games too which was a lot of fun. The kids all really enjoyed themselves and the food always tastes so good even with the sand in it!!


Well, I was 'tagged' by my sister-in-law to do a little questionnaire about John so here goes. . .

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.