Saturday, February 28, 2009

A quiz about Sean

I stumbled across this game on a random blog and thought it looked fun. I copied all their questions and answered them the way I think SEAN will answer. Then later today, Sean will put in his answers and we'll see how close they were. Here we go...

-How do you feel about Country Music?
A being S: I tolerate it. I know April generally enjoys it, so I try to make her happy when she's in the car, but I'd rather listen to something different.

S: Generally, yes, April is correct. She, however, forgets that I listen to whatever my mood moves me to. About once a month I get a hankerin' for a good two step beat and some fiddles. Not to mention, I like to listen to a lot of roots country like bluegrass and gospel.

-How many curlers do you wear in your hair at night?
A: Yeah, I don't think this question really applies to me...

S: Tsk tsk tsk. How we can be in such close proximity and still unknown to one another. Ahhh. . . 11 curlers.

-What is the last book you read or are reading?
A: This is a trick question. You see, I don't normally read a book from cover to cover. I start one book, read it about halfway through, then go down to Barnes and Noble and buy 5 more. I start one of my new books, read it about halfway and then switch to a different book. Once I'm halfway through this book I forget about the other three books that I bought and make another trip to Barnes and Noble.

S: I have been guilty about that in the past. I don't think April has paid much attention to my reading habits lately, though, as I have made a much more disciplined effort to finish all of my books. Furthermore, April recorded my routine in a slightly slant way: of the 5 books I bring home from Barnes and Noble, I finish at least one cover to cover.

-What 3 movies would you take to a Desert Island (this is of course assuming that you could watch them there)?
A: Star Wars... can I count the Trilogy as one movie? Ummmmm... I'm not sure what else, I like lots of movies.

S: Actually, I would just bring The Empire Strikes Back, The Princess Bride and The Professional.

-What 3 TV shows on disc would you take to a Desert Island?
A: The Office, LOST, and the X-Files

S: No changes there.

-Does this quiz stink?
A: No... and I don't either, I just took a shower.

S: What are you talking about. I'm a boy. I always stink.

-Name your 3 Favorite Fruits:
A: Strawberries, blueberries and grapes.

S: Apples (no Granny Smith, please), grapes (the little, super sweet round ones for sure) and properly ripe kiwi (in that order).

-What is in the Back Seat of your car right now?
A: Nothing, I drive a rockin' scooter with English papers in the trunk.

S: Oh yeah, I'm about to go beast mode with my scooter.

-When was the last time you threw up?
A: I don't remember.

S: I think sometime my first year of teaching. I think that was the only sick day I had that year.

-What is your favorite curse word?
A: Well, I generally try not to curse, especially since one of my daughters seems to remember EVERYTHING that she hears. And I'm sure the other one will start repeating things soon enough. But, I believe my favorite curse word is another name for a donkey.

S: I plead the 5th on this one.

-Name one thing you are really good at:
A: Learning languages... seriously, when I started my first year as a teacher I spoke hardly a lick of Spanish - by the end of the year I could carry on conversations with my students and their parents.

S: Ha! Napping. I'm very good at napping.

-Name one thing you are really bad at:
A: I can't seem to remember that dirty clothes go on the hamper, not on the floor.

S: Anything that involves coordination. And I only put my clothes on the floor because the multiple piles of clothes that April and the girls have created would get lonely if they were missing my contribution.

-What 3 books would you take to a desert island?
A: I think I would rather die than have to limit myself to 3 books.

S: I will not even consider such a blasphemy.

-Name your 3 favorite drinks:
A: Dr. Pepper, Diet Dr. Pepper, Coke.

S: Dublin Dr. Pepper, Plane Jane Dr. Pepper and Henry Weinhard's root beer.

-Name your 3 Favorite Vegetables:
A: Broccoli, asparagus, zucchini.

S: Zucchini? Zucchini? What am I? Some kind of Commie pinko? Zucchini will be the downfall of America, just you watch. It's not a vegetable; it's a Chinese plot to take over is what it is. Let's substitute that for mushrooms.

-What is your favorite Ice Cream Flavor?
A: Mint chocolate chip, as if there was any other option.

S: *drools*

-What was the last thing you ate?
A: These amazing spinach enchiladas made by my beautiful wife.

S: Ahh, it's so cute when you're conceited.

-What is the last sporting event you watched?
A: A hockey game.

S: Nope. The teachers vs. students basketball game at school.

-Are you free on Saturday night?
A: Are you asking me out?

S: April, any time you want to ask me out, you've got my number ;).

-What is your first thought when you hear "Australia"?
A: Kangaroos...

S: Toilets spinning in the reverse direction.

-How many states have you been to?
A: Hmmmm, let me see... Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Idaho, Washington, California, Iowa, Missouri, Florida.

S: Add to that Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota and Hawaii.

-What is the biggest annoyance in your life right now (besides this quiz)?
A: Thinking about having to re-build our fence over spring break.

S: Well played, madam, well played.

Check back to see Sean's answers...if you want to. There's no pressure here.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Reading with Dad

What could be better?


Charlotte had a bit of an unsual first recently. Her first bath by herself. Other than her sponge baths in the hospital she has always either taken a shower with me or a bath with Addie. I'm not sure if she knew what to think.

Eating Healthy

I don't know why I didn't do this earlier. A couple weeks ago I taught Addie about healthy foods. I told her how healthy foods make our bodies grow big a strong. Ever since she is constantly asking me, "Is ________ healthy?" I will respond by telling her how healthy the item is... super healthy... very healthy... a little bit healthy... or not at all healthy. Today she wanted a bowl of carrots for breakfast because carrots are super healthy!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Pay it forward

My friends are playing this great game and I thought it would be fun to join. Here's how it works:

"The Pay It Forward Exchange is based on the concept of the movie "Pay it forward". I will send a hand made gift to the first three people who leave a comment to this post on my blog requesting to join the PIF exchange. All the gifts will be made and posted out sometime within the next month (I changed that from "year". A year is too long. But it would make the next sentence make more sense). How exciting to not know when your surprise package will arrive! What you need to do in return is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog. This Exchange is only open to those with active websites or blogs. ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS PROMISE TO POST THIS SAME 'PAY IT FORWARD' MESSAGE ONTO YOUR BLOG, WHICH MUST BE ACTIVE IN ORDER TO PLAY. YOU WILL PAY IT FORWARD TO THREE PEOPLE WHO COMMENT ON YOUR BLOG. I'd love for you to join me! Will you? Other comments are welcome, but only the first three will be my Pay It Forward recipients."

Tuesday, February 3, 2009


1. I like to floss. I think my teeth look better after I floss.
2. I've always wanted to be a dentist. But I think I will be a hygienist instead so I can work part time and be home with my girls more.

3. I have a love hate relationship with cooking.
4. I like to cook elaborate meals, but I hate making a mess.
5. So instead, I like to cook one dish meals that are super fast.
6. Actually, let me change that... I don't like to cook them, that's just what I end up doing.
7. I love going to school.
8. But sometimes I feel guilty about taking time to myself.
9. I feel like I should want to stay home.
10. But I feel like I am a better mom when I am gone a few times a week.
11. I hate to fold laundry.
12. I hate putting away the folded laundry even more.
13. I love to vacuum.
14. I especially like to vacuum with bagless vacuums because I like to see all the dirt it picks up.
15. I think eyeballs look creepy.

16. I like feet.
17. I don't like the middle of Oreos.
18. My dad has two tatoos. Once, when I was little, I asked him why he got them. He told me that someone snuck into his house in the middle of the night and tatooed him. I was so scared that I was going to wake up one morning with tatoos.
19. I love to read blogs.
20. I wish I updated my blog more often so that I have it to read later.
21. But I don't because I worry about boring my readers.
22. I'm sure you're probably bored right now.
23. I don't like scary movies.
24. Sean has to set his alarm for a palindrome.
25. I have to do it now, too.
26. I don't water plants.
27. I feel bad about this.
28. I didn't like the song "Frosty the Snowman" when I was little because I felt bad that he melted.
29. I am super competitive.
30. I am even competitive with myself.
31. I want to be instantly good at whatever I try or I don't really want to do it anymore.
32. I am pariod about being on time.
33. I always like to arrive 15 minutes early.
34. Sean thinks this is weird.
35. He calls it "April Time"
36. Sometimes when I tell him the time he will ask me, "Is that real time or April Time?"
37. I like to snooze. Before I got married I would sometimes snooze for an hour. Sean broke me of that habit, now I usually only hit the button twice.
38. I am so glad that I have two girls.
39. I am even more glad that they seem to be becoming friends.
40. I always wanted a sister.
41. I would have preferred an older sister, but I would have enjoyed a younger sister as well.
42. I also wanted an older brother.
43. But I am glad I have two younger brothers and wouldn't trade them for sister or an older brother.
44. I'm cheap. I have a hard time buying any clothes for me that cost more than $10.
45. I like to plan things.
46. I love to use ellipses...
47. But it drives Sean crazy...
48. But sometimes I do it anyway...
49. Because I just can't help it...
50. For the longest time I didn't want to grow any taller because I liked that song, "Five foot two, eyes of blue, but oh what those five feet can do, has anyone seen my gal"
51. But once I hit 5'3" I wanted to be taller because I no longer fit the song.
52. Now I would like to be 5'5" or 5'7"
53. But not 5'6"
54. My favorite word is apoptosis.
55. When I was little I didn't like odd numbers.

56. I don't like swimming.
57. When I was little I loved swimming, but my mom hated it.
58. I thought she was weird.
59. My mom is my greatest role model... I want to be just like her when I grow up...
60. I hope my daughters feel that Way about me someday.
61. I never wanted to be a doctor when I was growing up... for some reason I think that is weird, eventhough I'm sure there are lots of people who never wanted to be doctors.
62. I still don't want to be a doctor...
63. But I think going to medical school would be fun.
64. If I had an unlimited bank account and didn't have to ever worry about money, I would probably spend the rest of my life in school.
65. First I would go to dental school, then cosmetology school, the medical school...
66. I might be finished after that...
67. Nevermind, I would also go to chiropractic school... I think I would go there before medical school.
68. I probably wouldn't get a deree in any of these fields - taking boards would be too stressful. I would just go to learn for fun.
69. In 10th grade I dissected a frog. I couldn't eat macaroni and cheese for years after that because I thought it looked like the fat in the frog.

70. I have kissed the Stanley Cup. I snuck into a party when the Avalanche won their second Cup.
71. I'm jealous of my brother because he has no debt. I think he is one of the most considerate people I know. It amazes me how thoughtful and caring he is about everyone and everything. I wish he was more confidant and realized how awesome he is.
72. My other brother is a little crazy...
73. I am envious at how social he is - I think that is a great asset in life and can often get your further than any degree. He is also super artistic and creative.
74. I think my dad is the nicest person I know.
75. I was a waitress for a few years and now very rarely will tip less than 20%.
76. I miss Nebraska.
77. Sometimes I call it Ber-Naska... I'm not sure why.
78. I hope that my girls will have to share a bedroom at some point in their childhood.
79. I think sharing rooms is good for kids.
80. I remember enjoying sharing a room with my brother.
81. I wonder if my mom remembers it as fondly?
82. I wonder if my brother does?

83. I think probably the best part about sharing a room is bunkbeds.
84. I don't know how any biologist could not believe in God - our bodies are so amazingly complex there is no way it could all happen due to chance.
85. I don't like this keyboard.
86. I do believe in evolution, I don't know how you couldn't. But believe God helps direct it.
87. I need a lot of sleep.
88. Nine hours a night would be perfect.
89. I think I need this much because I force myself to sleep very lightly so that I will wake up if I hear the girls.
90. It drives me crazy when people can't seem to park between the lines and take up two spaces.
91. It also drives me crazy when people don't pull over for sirens.
92. I wish I used our camcorder more often.
93. I really like the way my cursive looks (I wrote this whole list by hand first) - I wish you could see it, it is beautiful.
94. I am extremely shy.
95. I worry that my girls will be shy as well.
96. I wish I lived closer to family.
97. I am a chronic project starter. I always have grand plans for big projects, but they never seem to get finished before I start another project.

98. I know how to drive a scooter.
99. That doesn't sound as impressive as I think it is.
100. How about this? I know how to drive an automatic motorcycle. That is pretty much what it is, a motorcycle without a clutch.
101. I always wear a helmet.