Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The Back to School Verdicts are In

 
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Megan regarding Fourth Grade:
"I think it's really going to be a good year."
 
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Luke regarding First Grade:
"Actually, I really like school, it's just in the summer you think you aren't going to."
 
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Ellie regarding Preschool
"All the kids kept pushing me to the ground." (Very coincidental comment-Luke's comment after his first day of preschool three years ago was, "Everyone in my class wanted to hit me." )
 
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Joshua's disposition upon being the only kid at home:
Walked around having a temper tantrum ALL morning! Is it really that bad being left home alone with only Mommy???

**Photo Disclaimer-The first year we lived in this house, Megan started first grade and for some dumb reason, I had her stand on the sprinkler valve box for the photo. (How aesthetically pleasing is that???) Mike and I got a good laugh out of it at the time. It has now become the "Back To School pose shot."

Monday, August 25, 2008

Kind of Fun

One of my very favorite teenagers in the world (Hi Caitlin!), sent this to me in an email. I thought it was fun to answer and thought I would do it as a Tag. I tag all of you who read this. It's fun for getting to know people and for our own posterity....
Kind of long, but be patient and enjoy.

1. What time did you get up this morning? 6am-Have to have some personal time before my kids wake up!
2. Diamonds or Pearls? Diamonds-If you ever want to hear the story of my engagement ring I never tire of telling it (as long as Mike isn't around-he tires of hearing it!)
3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Walle. It was STUPID. I didn't understand a single thing in it!!! (But I did it for some dear friends...Hi Caitlin!)
4. If you were to get a tattoo (or another one), what would it be? A tattoo is actually my "secret bad wish" it would be a Chinese symbol on my right ankle.
5. What do you usually have for breakfast? Don't usually like breakfast, but my favorite cereal is Lucky Charms, or I love weekend breakfasts when Mike cooks.
6. What is your middle name? Anne (with an E)
7. What food do you dislike? Sushi and cooked carrots to name JUST A FEW
8. What is your favorite CD? Kind of hard to say, probably a mixed CD my friend Melanie made for me a couple of years ago.
9. What kind of car do you drive? A suburban, given to me as a surprise gift from my husband on Valentines day in 2000!
10. What is you favorite sandwich? PB&J on FRESH white bread (though I haven't had one in MONTHS!!)
11. What characteristics do you despise? FAKE PEOPLE-Which is one thing I probably will never be accused of-if you know me, you usually know exactly how I feel or where you stand with me at any given moment!
12. Favorite item of clothing? Definitely SHOES!
13. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you go? I hate traveling. If I could get there with a snap of the fingers though, I'd go many places, but I hate flying, hate driving.....
14. Favorite brand of clothing? Too old now to even know what brands are cool.
15. Where would you like to retire? House I live in now.
16. Favorite candy/candy bar? Milky Way and Double Decker
17. Favorite magazine? I never read magazines besides the Ensign or Friend-how cheesy is that?
20. People you expect to answer these same questions? Hopefully everyone who reads it. Consider all of you TAGGED!
21. When is your birthday? In 58 days! October 22, 1974-DON'T FORGET!! :) :) :) (And just a tidbit more-I have a very difficult time falling asleep the night before every single birthday. I LOVE my birthday!)
22. Are you a morning person or a night person? Morning
23. Any Pets? Had a cat and dog growing up. But, I don't allow pets now in my home. Not an animal person AT ALL.
24. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share? No! I have a pretty unexciting life.
25. What mood are you in today? ornery and snappy!
26. What is your favorite flower? Black-eyed Susan
27. What is a day on the calendar you are looking forward to and why? Wednesday morning-Ellie starts preschool and I will only have one kid at home for THREE HOURS
28. What is your full name? Tiffany Anne Unwin Sowby
29. What are you listening to right now? My husband doing the dishes (I looovvveee my husband!)
30. What was the last thing you ate? a bowl of ice cream
31. Last person you spoke to on the phone? I honestly can't remember!
32. Favorite soft drink? rootbeer
33. Favorite restaurant? Spaghetti Factory
34. What was your favorite child toy? my Cindy (kind of like Barbie) doll house
35. Coffee or Tea? neither! Tidbit: In Kindergarten I "failed" a test because I didn't know the correct order of making a cup of tea!
36. What is under your bed? nothing-I need to utilize storage better!
37. What did you do last night? Ate cheese and crackers with tomatoes (one of our favorite snacks) on the back patio with my husband after kids were in bed.
38. What are you afraid of? water, snakes, death of a family member, driving long distances, flying.........
39. Salty or Sweet? BOTH!
40. How many keys are on your key ring? 2
41. How many years at your current job? Almost 10 years-my job is a mother.
42. Favorite day of the week? Thursday-has been since I was a kid.
43. How many towns have you lived in? 4, North Cheam, Bountiful, American Fork, West Bountiful.
44. Do you make friends easily? Yes, if they are GENUINE!
45. Do you like finding out all this stuff about your friends? yes - So I hope you will all put your answers on your blogs.

Blog Award

How exciting that I just won something! I never win anything. Not sure this counts, but oh well...And how embarrassing to admit, I don't know how to put the cute little doo-dad on my blog! So this award doesn't look very official! (Lesley it is actually causing me more stress than joy as most awards are meant!)
Rules associated with this award:

1. The recipient must link back to the awards creator.
(http://www.thebabblingsofmere.blogspot.com/) (a student in Texas)
2. You must post these rules if you receive the award. (I did)
3. You must choose 5 people to receive the award after receiving it yourself. (Kind of not doing that...)
4. You must fit the characteristics of the recipient of the award, as posted by Mere. (I assume Lesley checked that out)
5. You must post the characteristics of a recipient. (look below)
6. You must create a post sharing your win with others. (that's what this is)
7. You must thank your giver. (Thanks Lesley)

Characteristics for the Smile Award:

1. Must display a cheerful attitude (Lesley-do you know me very well???)
2. Must love one another. (Most days)
3. Must make mistakes. (Ok-I can admit a few here and there)
4. Must learn from others. (Definitely)
5. Must be a positive contributor to blog world. (I would hope)
6. Must love life. (I do)
7. Must love kids. (Depends on the day)
5 AWESOME bloggers who I know qualify for this award are:
All my friends that comment regularly-I'm not going to name you because I don't want you to stress about doing this post as much as I did! LOVE YOU ALL-CONSIDER ALL OF YOUR BLOGS WINNERS!!!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Not ONE but TWO.....

 

... rednecks in the family???!!! So, those of you that know Luke well (or read this blog!), know he is a little bit of a redneck. (I much prefer that term than 'WT.') Well, yesterday afternoon, Joshua kept looking at his reflection in the sliding glass door and then pulled down his shorts half way so his diaper would hang out. He is only 16 months, so I don't quite understand the thought process behind this but...I kept thinking it is normal 1 year old behavior. Pretty soon he wanted them off, at this point I am still convincing myself that it is normal 1 year old behavior and Joshua is NOT beginning to pattern after Luke who continued the only diaper/underwear until he was well into his 5th year!!!???
A little while later, I come walking into the family room and there is my innocent little 1 year old, in just his diaper with A POCKET KNIFE ATTACHED TO HIS DIAPER!!!!! And I bet no one could possibly guess, who in the world would attach a pocket knife to the diaper of their one year old brother??
Looking back to my childhood in England, my dad often says, "You were a proper English School Girl." And I have to wonder how does a Proper English School Girl, gradually become the mother of not ONE, but possibly TWO rednecks!?!?

 
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Monday, August 18, 2008

The First of Many


This is the 8th year in a row I have made homemade salsa. Last year was the only year I made enough that we didn't run out before the next year. However, when I say we didn't run out, we only had three jars left until today... This year, we planted lots of tomatoes, but also, to our surprise, we have a whole section of our garden that is simply "starts." (We compost our soil and therefore, have stuff growing we didn't even plant...we even have a watermelon growing!!!) We will have tomatoes galore this year and therefore, LOTS OF SALSA!! I plan on making a new batch every couple of days! I am very excited. Mike and Megan picked lots of tomatoes last night, so I decided to start with the first batch this morning. So if you are in the neighborhood over the next few weeks, stop on in for a chat, and some chips and salsa!!

Friday, August 15, 2008

Random Stuff About....Me

Lately it seems my kids, my husband, family, friends, etc. have commented on my personality. It has made me think about what makes me, me. So, I thought I would record some random thoughts about me.

Garbage Cans-When a garbage can is full it gets...emptied!! Seems obvious I know, but I can't stand full garbages. If you can't fit something in the garbage can-it is time to EMPTY IT! Now, as far as the outside garbage cans go.... which you can't empty at your desire. We have two garbage cans and we seem to most weeks fill them both. Our garbage company comes on Mondays and I actually, (I can't believe I am going to so publicly admit this)get anxiety waiting for them to come. When I hear the garbage truck, I feel a tremendous amount of relief that they are empty and we can start "new" again. If the garbage man happens to come "later than usual" I worry that he won't come. (Unfortunately this still happens, even if both cans aren't full!)
News Headlines I am not a television watcher. Never really have been. In fact most days our television does not even get turned on until... either the 9pm or 10pm news. I have to see the news headlines. Usually our evenings revolve around when the news will start. If it is even 9:03pm, I will wait for the 10pm news, if it is 10:03pm, I will end up waiting until morning and check on the internet. I have to see the news the second it starts, not even a couple of minutes after. It is frequent in our house to hear, "You're going to miss the headlines." And I will admit, yes, once again, I get slight anxiety if I am hurrying to finish something and think I will miss the HEADLINES.
Clothing Hangers I will only use plastic hangers. But specifically, not the plastic hangers clothing is hung at stores on. I will remove the hangers before I even purchase the clothing and will hand it to the clerk, because I do not want to run any risk of them giving me the hanger. The same thing goes for metal clothing hangers. I do not use them! In fact, I remember in high school, my mother handing me some clean clothes to put away in my closet, and some were on metal hangers. I was so mad I threw them and hit my best friend... (sorry Melanie). It is amazing to me, that my temper can become flared with hangers. In fact, at the store just the other day, Megan begged me to allow her to keep a hanger when the clerk asked if we wanted the hanger. I finally gave in, after realizing the clerk was looking at me like I was the meanest parent on the planet. I told Megan though, under no circumstances, was I ever to see the hanger anywhere near my Laundry room....
Best Actress As a child I grew up in England, and our LDS Stake did Youth Roadshows every year. It was a highlight of my childhood to go to these stake productions every spring. They were always very, very well attended and very well done. After all the performances, they would give out awards with trophies. For several years in a row, a talented girl in the stake named Bridget won the Best Actress award. It became "a given" that she would win. Well, when I was 12 years old (the minimum age to be in one), I was in my first roadshow. I played the part of a Chinese Lady, I was dressed the part in an authentic kimono and of course, did a great chinese accent. (For those of you that know me WELL, I really think this is when "my love" began...) Well, I thought nothing of my performance and so as I sat there during the awards. Suddenly I heard, "Best Actress goes to....Tiffany Unwin." It was AMAZING! I can still remember how shocked yet excited I felt. Especially knowing, I had such stiff competition. I was very proud of myself. Needless to say, Bridget was NOT happy...
The Environment The other night, I took Megan to buy a new bag to school. We were at Walmart, and had also purchased some groceries. The checker asked Megan if she minded if she filled the new bag with groceries to help save the environment. Megan and I thought she was kidding, but Megan said, "sure." As the lady filled the bag FULL (I began to worry it would break her new bag!), I realized , I was kind of getting irritated. The reason why? Sorry, Al Gore, but I really don't care about the environment. Sure, of course I don't litter. But I love sending things to the garbage (obviously...), I loooovvvveee disposable diapers, if I want to use aerosol cans I will, and I don't worry about using styrofoam cups/plates, if I want to leave the fridge open while I pour my milk I will... Don't get me wrong, I am grateful for the earth we have been given, it is beautiful and I recognize it as one of the greatest blessings from God, however, I believe there are some unrealistic people out there that make too big of a deal over dumb things!
Laundry I absolutely love to sort laundry. I love Monday mornings (I don't do laundry over the weekend), when my baskets are full and it is waiting to be sorted. The same goes for unpacking after a trip. Our suitcases are emptied within an hour of us coming in the door. I love to sort all the dirty laundry. I find myself giddy getting into bed Sunday nights, having just seen the overflowing laundry basket...
OK-So I have probably given enough information that have people questioning whether or not I am actually sane. So, that will be it for today. Besides, I'm sure there is a garbage can somewhere in my house that needs to be emptied, or some laundry to do....

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Yet-Another Tag!

My cousin, Jana not only tagged me, but tagged me "because I know you'll do it!" So of course I can't let her down... :)

2 Names you go by:
1. Dearie
2. Mama

2 Things you are wearing right now:
1. White T-Shirt
2. Black exercise pants

2 Things you want badly at the moment:
1. Joshua to sleep for lots longer!
2. To have all the beds magically made.

2 Things you did last night:
1. Went on a bike ride with husband and kids.
2. Ate curry-YUMMY!

2 Things you ate today:
1. It's 7:30am and I haven't eaten breakfast yet.

2 People you last spoke to:
1. Vickie & Shanan while exercising this morning.
2. Mike-I called to "snap at him!" - Sorry Mike!

2 Things you are doing today:
1. Meeting some friends at the LDS church's children's museum
2. Making peanut butter treats and chicken enchiladas-RIGHT NOW WHILE I BLOG!!! (I am very talented at multi-tasking...)

2 Longest car rides:
1. California-LA
2. California-SF

2 Favorite beverages:
1. Water
2. Rootbeer

Please pass this to 2 ! Don't spoil the fun and keep it going!
1. Lesley
2. Cindy

Monday, August 11, 2008

Saturday's Project


Megan has been asking for a long time if I would sew her a skirt. On Saturday, I finally fulfilled that request. But, not only did I make one for Megan, I made one for Ellie too. Megan's has "two ruffles," Ellie's only "one ruffle." This is because, I didn't have enough material, but, even if I had had enough material-I was not going to say as many bad words while making the second skirt....
They were both very excited about their new skirts. They have never been dressed alike before (I'm not against it, but it is hard to find matching outfits for kids 5 years apart!) and I think they both loved it.
I do not claim to be an accomplished sewer and so I was quite proud of myself and chose to ignore Ellie's comment of, "It feels too tight." and Megan's comment of, "I think some of the stitching is coming undone..."

Friday, August 8, 2008

Quick and Easy Tag

Thanks Lesley for the tag!

The 4 people I’m tagging are: Cindy, Jana, Michelle, and Kim. Ladies please tag 4 other people.

WRITE 6 WORDS THAT DESCRIBE YOUR LIFE.
Here are my 6 words:

1. blessed
2. love
3. ornery
4. anticipating (school to start!)
5. noisy
6. peaceful

Thursday, August 7, 2008

A First For Megan


(Before I have people calling Child Services, I will write a disclaimer:
I was at home the whole time across the street. The little boy was asleep for the first little while and then when he woke up was sleepy and content to watch tv. Megan is a very responsible almost 10 year old.)

Megan just returned from her first babysitting job! She is very proud of herself. She babysat for the Tingey's grandson across the street from us. Of course, Paul is very generous and paid her much more than she needed. Megan has been looking forward to today for days, this morning she woke up at 6:45am (didn't need to be there until 7:30am), because she was so excited. Megan returned and in her Megan way, said, I told him not to pay me this, but he kept arguing." She is thrilled! I have had Megan "babysit" Joshua before if he is napping for short periods of time, but as she is the big sister, payment is minimal (ok-non-existent!). Too bad, I still have to pay a babysitter to come babysit her and the other kids, she is still too young to leave all the kids with for an evening. But not too much longer.....

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

A Favorite Recipe

I know when I first tried this recipe last fall, I sent it to some of my family and friends. I made it last night and I LOOOVVVVEEEE it and I thought I should share it with more people. So, here is a very easy, quick, YUMMY dinner suggestion.

Sesame Chicken Strips with Yummy Sauce

1 cup mayonnaise
2 tsp dry minced onion
2 tsp dry mustard
2 cups crushed ritz crackers
1/2 cup sesame seeds
1 pound chicken tenders

Dipping Sauce:
1 cup mayonnaise
2 Tbsp honey
1 Tbsp dijon mustard
(The original recipe doesn't call for the mustard, but I didn't like it without it.)

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
2. In a bowl combine 1 cup mayonnaise, onion and mustard. Mix together and set aside. In a separate bowl combine the cracker crumbs and sesame seeds. Cut chicken lengthwise into 1/4 inch strips.
3. Dip chicken strips in mayonnaise mixture, then in sesame mixture to coat. Place coated strips in a single layer on a lightly greased cookie sheet.
4. Bake in preheated oven for 15 to 18 minutes, or until juices run clear.
I serve it with rice pilaf. It is a family favorite, well everyone except for Luke....

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