27 March 2011

Loving Life

St. Patrick's Day Dinner:
     I have always loved St. Patrick's Day, not because of its origin and meaning, but because I find it more of a celebration of GREEN!  I love green!  So we invited a lot of young couples from our ward to come to our house to eat lots of green food.  Our place was packed with over 12 people.  We made chicken divan, rice, and rolls.  Everyone else brought other yummy food including green vegetables, spinach soup, and lime bars for dessert.  It was so much fun!

Charles' Possible New Job:
     More on that to come when we have more details, all we can say now is that it is in Tooele.  Looking forward to the commute and we're especially excited by the trend of gas prices.

McGuirk Effect:
     My life is filled with school and I thought that I would give a little look into something that I have learned about and find fascinating.  The McGuirk effect is when your mind's lip reading skills will take over your brain's listening skills.  Watch this video on YouTube and then watch it again with your eyes closed, you will hear something different.  But this doesn't always work for everyone, there is a small percentage that doesn't have their mind trick them.  In the video the man is saying "ga ga ga" and the audio is "ba ba ba" so when you watch the video you will hear "da da da" but when you know what's happening and listen again, you will hear it correctly.

Baby update:
     I feel like I am slowly getting more and more ready for the baby to come.
-Stroller: check
-Crib: almost check (its in the mail)
-Clothes: kind of check (still gathering, I'll probably go to DI and see what they have)
-Blankets: check (I made a lot of baby blankets when I was a child and have gotten one from my Mommy)
-Wipes: check
-Nursing cover: check (its in the mail)
-Excitement: check
-Baby name: hmmm... not yet
-Car seat: still researching
-Diapers: cloth or disposable...?  Still figuring everything out
-Diaper bag: haven't even thought about that yet
-Baby proofing the house: I'll give myself a few months after the baby comes to do that since I just got it together
-Latest HTC Android Phone With All The Latest Gadgets and Gizmos: Still shopping around
-Facebook Page: Almost created.  He'll have more friends than we do.
hmm... What else do I need?

Finally Moved In:
     I feel that we have now officially unpacked everything and put things where it needs to go!!!  You may ask why it finally all happened now, well it is because...

Colleen and Girlos Came to Visit:
     Tuesday evening I got a phone call from Colleen asking if they could come visit us.  Since they live in Idaho I was a little confused.  So, on Wednesday evening they came over.  The little girls are growing so much and I love seeing them all, too bad Nathan couldn't come.
     On Thursday we went to the Living Planet Aquarium in South Salt Lake.  I always forget how quickly kids can be done looking at things and want to move on to the next thing.  I thought is was funny that the girls did NOT want to touch the stingrays.  They about screamed and cried when Colleen tried to help them touch the stingrays as they flipped out of the water up to the side.  Unfortunately the penguins weren't jumping into the water but yet they were still cute.  We did a bunch of other fun activities that Colleen will probably put in her blog.  It was a SO fun!

At the Living Planet Aquarium

Touching/looking at stingray

BYU Basketball:
     Well, there's always next year.  It's so sad that a team that good ended with a less-than-hoped-for performance.  Congratulations to David for winning the bracket competition in our threesome.  Charles came in second place and finally beat Annette since she beat me last year.  We were all pretty close.  David, you can come to our house in your bus and collect your prize for winning which will be a scoop of our special homemade ice cream that Annette refuses to eat for undisclosed reasons.

Horsey Droppings:
     I (Charles talking) went with Uncle Karl to a house down the road that said "Free Horse Manure-U Haul".  We took the Benz (the one Annette drives) and put down the back seats and lined the inside with a giant tarp.  We filled that car full of horse dung, unloaded it into our garden, and then did it a second time.  I cleaned up pretty well except I forgot to clean up the floorboards in the front.  Oops.  The white horses had a hard time figuring out what the white Benz was and they sniffed it and tried to stick their heads in the windows.  We're going to have the best fertilized garden this side of the Mississippi!

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