Sunday, February 24, 2008

Re: Tagged

Hey, Everybody! Ben's first blog entry! I'm finally getting around to responding to my tag. Here goes. Enjoy!

What were you doing 10 years ago?  

10 years ago, I was a busy high school junior. Having just finished the football season I was looking forward to the upcoming track season. Looking back, I really didn't have a care in the world. I had a part time job working for Fred Meyer, and a pretty active social life. I had sort of made a habit of inadvertently stealing girlfriends. I had recently had my heart broken by a girlfriend who shall remain nameless, and had decided not to date exclusively until much later on. I didn't put much stock in the exclusive rights of other guys to date any one girl. I would simply ask a girl out and she would say "yes". It's a good thing that Shari and I didn't go to the same high school. Her boyfriend would have been in trouble, that's for sure!

5 things on my list of things to do today.

1. Pack my lunch for work tomorrow.

2. Spend some "quality time" with Shari.

3. Come up with two more things to put on my list.



5 snacks I enjoy.

1. Nuts, especially almonds or pistachios

2. Welch's Berry Medley (dried cranberries, blueberries, cherries, and golden raisins)

3. Cheese

4. Smoothies

5. Cucumbers or other raw veggies

3 bad habits.

1. Correcting people - this usually has to do with a person's use of grammar or pronunciation when

speaking. It's terribly rude, I know. The worse part about it is I've never conserted myself to rid myself of

it. I've done it as long as I can remember. It's one of those obsessive-compulsive things I can't bring

myself to give up.

2. Blowing my nose in the shower... WHAT?! The steam from the shower makes it so much easier to clear

it all out. I highly recommend it!

3. Leaving nail clippings around the house - Shari will usually find them on our duvet cover or step on

them. That is if Sid doesn't dispose of them first. He usually will lie in front of me as I'm clipping and will

run off with the bigger nails.

If I were suddenly a billionaire...

First, I'd pay off all debt. Get a larger house; large enough to comfortably accomodate a growing family. Then I would put the money to work for us by investing it. I'd put a fair amount away towards the kids' college and mission funds. Next, I would buy Shari a ridiculously large diamond, you know, something that would tide her over for a good 20-25 years. I'd have to donate a generous amount to fast offerings or church humanitarian aid. I'd make sure my and Shari's folks were set and taken care of - house, health care, that sort of thing. Finally, it's time to acquire a few toys... I've always wanted to build a home recording studio and collect guitars. I'd have to build a home theatre with stadium seating, projector, snack counter, the works. A home gym would be nice, to include indoor and outdoor pools, running track, and soccer pitch. Yep, that's a pretty good start...

Five places I've lived.

1. Nebraska

2. Washington, The State of

3. Rio de Janeiro

4. Idaho

5. California

Five jobs I've held.

1. Courtesy Clerk (a.k.a. "Cart Monkey"), Fred Meyer

2. Membership/Front Desk, World Gym

3. Interviewer (a.k.a. Annoying dude that calls during dinner), Rexburg Phone Center

4. Corporate Trainer (a.k.a. Guy that trains those annoying dudes), Dakotah Direct

5. Evening Freight Crew (a.k.a. Magic Elf that restocks the grocery shelves at night), Broulim's

Five things people don't know about me.

1. I went to state with the dance team during my senior year in high school (and not to watch)

2. I played in a band in college (not the marching kind)

3. I was 21 before I experienced my first brain freeze.

4. I broke my weight class record for power cleans at 265 lbs when I was 18. The previous record holder at the time was my

next door neighbor and had held the record for more than 10 years.

5. I'm really not as cool as people might think I am. I'm really just a big nerd.

Friday, February 22, 2008

This is a video of Lilli singing I took the other day.  She had a booger, so of course she didn't like me getting it  and I stopped it right before she had a major meltdown because I wouldn't let her touch the camera.  She loves to sing.  And she loves to have Ben and I sing to her before we put her to bed.

Thursday, February 21, 2008


Lilli with all the cool things she got from her Nana and Papa.

Lilli trying to put together her new puzzle.

Lilli and her new little friend, Kai.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Valentine's Day, and play date madness!

Valentine's was good.  Lilli got a package from my parents full of awesome goodies.  She got a Strawberry Shortcake plate, some awesome sunglasses, a card, and a Winnie the Pooh puzzle, or Pooh poozle (as Lilli likes to say).  Ben and I also got cards.  Thanks, Mom!  Ben and I didn't get to go out like we had planned.  We even had someone to watch Lilli and everything, but I got sick.  Gosh!  I have to ruin everything!  Ben was pretty bummed, but I seriously wouldn't have made it.  So that's on hold.  But I did get him a CD, the new Jack Johnson CD (he has to play it ALL the time).  He got me a movie, Becoming Jane.  Still haven't seen it.  Maybe we'll watch it sometime.

Last Wednesday we had some new friends over for dinner, Jonathan and Jasmin De Guzman.  They have an adorable little girl, Kai, who Lilli just loved, and then one on the way.  The two girls fought, but had fun too.  They're originally stationed in Maryland but had come down on TDY for a week.  Ben met them on Sunday, and knowing how it is staying in a motel and eating out all the time, we had them over for dinner.  It was a lot of fun.  They're such a great family and we are so glad we were able to get to know them and build a friendship.

Yesterday and today I watched my friend Raquel's son, Matthew.  It was actually nice because he and Lilli kept each other entertained, yesterday.  They are a hoot.  I went upstairs into Lilli's room (where all the toys are) and it was a DISASTER!!!  Seriously, it looked like a tornado came through.  I had them help me clean it up.  While we were cleaning up, I got a phone call from my friend, Hannah (sorry I sounded so flustered Hannah, you know how kids are :)) and they (the two mischievous little things) decide they're done cleaning and went downstairs.  As I was on the phone, I could hear them opening and closing the storm door.  I was afraid they would let our dog out so I go down there and tell Lilli to stop.  Then I looked out the door and Matthew was standing outside.  I was wondering why Lilli kept saying, " Bye Massew!"  

Later on in the day, I was talking to Raquel, and all of a sudden I hear a boom, then Lilli says, "Oooooo, sou okay?  Whenever she gets hurt, we always ask her if she's okay.  It was so cute.  I was able to get some housework done and disinfect my house a little bit (after being sick for 4 days, the house was gross) too.  I still have more to clean, slowly but surely.  In fact, I should be doing that now, while Lilli is asleep.  Nah!  I'd rather be doing this.  Lilli and Matthew kept each other busy, and that was a nice change from having Lilli sit and watch movies while I get over my sickness.

Today was a different story.  Those two fought like cats and dogs.  He would steal a toy then Lilli would scream.  And then vice versa.  I only had Matthew for a little bit, but man.  It was madness!  

Monday, February 18, 2008

Happy Birthday, Emily!!!

Emily had come to visit me at BYU-Idaho.  We were such goofballs!

Em lives in Texas, so when we lived in San Angelo, she and her now husband, Randy, came down to visit.  I was about 5 months prego!  Do I look awful or what?!?!?!!?

This blog is dedicated to my wonderful friend, Emily Parker Fauske, on her birthday!!!  I met Emily my freshmen year of college and we lived together for about 4 years after that.  I learned that Emily is NOT  a morning person.  I learned that she hates noses and ANYTHING to do with noses.  I learned that she's a great friend and a wonderful person!  She was my confidante in every way.  We had so much fun together!  She is one of my forever friends!  I love ya Em, and I hope you have a fabulous birthday!  You deserve it!

Saturday, February 9, 2008


So, my friend Emily tagged me, so here goes:

What were you doing 10 years ago?

I was a sophomore in high school and very active in sports, volleyball, basketball, and track. I was a major flirt and had a crush on a senior boy, Alex. I know, I liked those older boys. After finding out that this crush was really just a crush, I got my first boyfriend, along with my first kiss. I know.....a very big year for me.

5 things on my to do list today:

1. cook lunch and dinner
2. give Lilli a bubble bath
3. clean the house
4. go to the ward activity
5. spend time with my family

5 snacks I enjoy:

1. pb & honey sandwich
2. chocolate milk
3. almonds
4. yogurt
5. cereal

3 bad habits:

1. biting my nails
2. doing the dishes days later, when the food is all crusted on the dishes (please don't be afraid to eat at my house now. I do get them clean)
3. leave Lilli's dirty diapers in her room, until they start to stink (that sounds so gross. Sorry. I am working on it)

I were suddenly a billionaire:

I would pay off EVERYTHING (house, debt, etc). I'd buy another car that will be big enough for our growing family. I'd build my mom and dad a brand new house, so they don't have to worry about leaking pipes and the heat going out. I'd also buy US a bigger house. I would put some of it away into savings and for our kids' college. I would also take a trip to Europe. Nothing too exciting, but that's what I'd do.

5 places I've lived:

1. Cokeville, WY
2. Rexburg, ID
3. Monterey, CA
4. San Angelo and Amarillo, TX
5. Augusta, GA

5 jobs I've had:

1. mowed lawns for our ranch (hated it)
2. volleyball clinician (loved doing that)
3. high school volleyball coach
4. worked at a phone center for about 2 days (no lie, I hated it so bad, people are awful)
5. homemaker (I'm still trying to get this one down)

5 things people don't know about me:

1. I sometimes wish I could eat dirt
2. I have to have the toilet paper so that it rolls over top, as opposed to underneath (does that make sense?)
3. I like the color pink (shirts, make-up, everything)
4. I would love to go back to school and get a law degree (maybe someday)
5. I eat tomato soup with rice atleast 4 or 5 times a week for lunch (I love it!!! but probably not very healthy, but I try to buy the healthy select kind)

So now I tag Megan, Breanne, and Ben, and anyone else that feels so inclined. I'd love to see what all of you put.