Monday, June 30, 2008

Theler Week Recap

Whirlwind Theler Week is over, so now it's time to regale you with anecdotes and pics. I already told you probably the best one: the Seven Peaks fiasco. But I'll try to make the rest interesting, too.

We ate together a lot, and went swimming a lot, too. Jason's parents have a pool so it's easy to go hang out poolside. Senea finally got the courage to get rid of her neon orange life vest (absolutely wonderful thing to have at a public pool. All I have to do is scan for the child wearing the bright, hurt-your-eyes hunter color) and try swimming under her own power. With some new, snazzy goggles, she is now a regular little fish, and even goes off the slide without anyone catching her. Now if we can only get rid of the training wheels on her bike...

Look at her jump from the side!

Ian practicing his diving.

For Brennan's birthday we saw Kung Fu Panda. It's very cute and wipes the floor with some of the more recent child-movie fare. (Has anyone suffered through Over the Hedge or Hoodwinked? Puh-lease. Just because it's animated doesn't mean it doesn't have to at least be sort of good.) I laughed through the entire first sequence and now have lots of cool quotes to add to my "Princess Bride" and "So, I Married and Ax Murderer" repertoire. *Look at the size of that boy's head! It's got it's own weather system.* (I confess, I should have more cool quotes, if only I could remember them... By the time I've seen Kung Fu Panda as many times as the other two movies, then I will have the lines memorized)

Yes, it is possible to blind everyone with my awesome-ness and bodacity. I had tears rolling down my face during a daydream done Japanimation-style. Seriously. I thought I might have to run to the bathroom. There was also a really funny guy in the front row of the theater who had obviously already seen the movie who knows how many times, because he would say the funny lines before the characters, and then laugh real hard. I was only a little confused on how a goose had a panda for a son, but oh well.

We went swimming after the movie, then realized we still had some daylight left, so we went miniature golfing. I am happy to say I did not completely embarrass myself. Jason beat me, of course. I definitely have a competitive streak, but all the Theler guys had their own putters. There's only so much you can do with the hot pink, rubber, rental putter. At least, that's my excuse.
This isn't even the whole Theler gang. Just those of us who took the golfing challenge.

Okay, semi-off-topic anecdote. The first time I tried golfing, I was playing tennis in my home town. Some friends were golfing next to the tennis courts and so I ran over and tried hitting a few golf balls. Very sad and pathetic. I took back my much larger tennis racket and went back to whaling on fuzzy green balls. My second attempt at real golf came when Jason took me to the driving range a few years ago. My goal was to hit the ball past the chain link fence that separated the driving areas (whatever they're called). Not to reach the flags at 50 yards, or 100 yards. No. I was ecstatic to hit it past the freaking divider. Beyond sad and pathetic.

So that cured me of my prejudice that golf is a really lame sport. I mean, you hit a ball, and then walk around? Where's the athleticism in that?! Well, it's not too hard to hit a ball, but to hit it far and where you want it to go? A little harder. So all you golfers, I take back my "golf is lame" stance. It's still beyond boring to watch on TV, though. *snooze*

"And what do you think he's going to try and do, Ted?"
"Well, John. I think he's going to try and hit the ball into the hole."
"Brilliant deduction, Ted. If he can do it in only one stroke, it will put him up at a quadruple back-flip double birdie eagle, which would be a great thing for all golfers everywhere."
"At the tournament last month, he had a similar shot, but a crazy fan tackled him from behind the trees and sent it wide."
"Yeah, but that spectator was very understanding about her missing front teeth."
"The scramble to find those teeth as souvenirs made the highlights on SportCenter."
"Definitely a golfing classic..."

Jason being silly. (Jason? Silly? Never!)

Here are a couple pics from Seven Peaks--before we realized half the park was closed.


We also went bowling during Theler Week. Just that day we had heard some talk show hosts poking fun at O'Bama for bowling a 36. We chuckled a little, too. How horrible is that?! Yeah, well pride goeth before the fall, I guess.

I bowled probably the most atrocious game since I started retaining memories. We can blame it on the too light bowling ball, or maybe I'm just so buff from working out that I couldn't help chucking the ball straight into the gutter, I don't know. The honest truth is that after frame 4 I had knocked over 3 pins--count em, 3! Whoa. Watch out O'Bama, I may beat you at the horrible bowling record. Jason's mom took a picture of Jason hugging me after that wonderful start and the look on my face resembles someone who has just stepped in doggie doo. Have I mentioned I'm competitive? And that Jason always beats me on everything? You know, that gets really old. Not only did he beat me, but so did everyone else, including my children. *sigh* I did get better with a heavier ball (all those muscles, ya know) but not enough to post my score. When school starts y'all can find me in the bowling alley, practicing.

Let's see, we also went out to eat, went swimming some more, and just hung out. All the guys went golfing, which is a good guy-bonding thing. I guess. It was a nice week and it was good to see more of the family. Jared & Gina, we missed you. And I'm sorry we didn't see you, John. Next time!

Saturday, June 28, 2008

A Video Just Because...

... I love to dance, I love to travel, and I love people. I am not embarrassed to admit I grinned the whole time, and I'm only a little embarrassed to admit that my eyes got misty (must be allergies). Now I want to go to all those places :)

Here's the video: Where the Hell is Matt (2008)

Matt Harding visited 42 countries and danced with thousands. You can find out more at his website, Take a peek at the Outtakes.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Family, Swimming, and DO NOT go to 7 Peaks

Yeah, you heard me. I am campaigning against Seven Peaks. If your kids got those free passes through school, then I can understand if you want to go for it, but let me tell you, it felt today a little like good ol' Seven Peaks is deteriorating into the Water Park Ghetto (if there is such a thing).

First, the happy stuff. Some extended family arrived from out of state a few days ago, heralding what we affectionately call "Theler Week"--where we spend a whole week running to and fro and hanging out with the Theler family. Theler Week has actually really calmed down from what it used to be. We're all older than we used to be (esp. Jason's parents) and so we don't try to plan something every second now. Or maybe I'm just more used to it. Imagine, for a moment, coming from a fairly reserved family, into a crazy chaotic mix where everyone expresses their opinions (or bodily noises - 5 boys, what else do I need to say??) unashamedly and usually at a decent volume.

In fact, the first time I went to Jason's house I about fainted from shock when his two younger brothers had a belching contest at the dinner table. And his dad laughed through the whole thing. That visit his grandmother, who was suffering from Alzheimer's, also stole my toothbrush. I'll admit, something like "Heavens above, what am I getting myself into?" did cross my mind. I've adapted now, though. I will grudgingly admit that belching the alphabet does take some talent. And I would have happily loved to have that talent while I was pregnant. *sigh* I confess, I am burp-challenged. I cannot make myself do it. And thanks to the Theler influence, I have tried.

But, I digress. For Theler Week so far we've gone swimming, seen Kung Fu Panda (very cute. I laughed much. And I will not be offended if some of you avert your eyes so not to be blinded by my awesome-ness), gone miniature golfing, have eaten much, and made merry.

So today the plan was Seven Peaks. Well, going there isn't exactly cheap. And it didn't get off to a good start. First there was a bottleneck to park. Like waiting at Disneyland or something. My FIL called and told us to park on the street and walk. They had already been in the parking traffic jam for 10 minutes. We parked, walked, and still beat everyone to the front gate. Enter long line to get into the park, with only one window open. Then meet long line to pay for an inner tube rental (Can you say RIP OFF), then go to the back of the next long line to then pick up said stupid, freaking, inner tube.

After an hour, we are finally ready to try some slides. Let's see, the kid pool is closed, the little kid slides are closed. So, take Senea in the wave pool--which is broken. Yea! A pool without waves. Geez, we could have floated in Grandma & Grandpa's pool for free and not been constantly run into by stupid, freaking, rip off, inner tubes. (No bitterness there, really. It has nothing to do with the teenage boy that tried to take my head off with one. Yeah, laugh it up, buddy. You are just lucky I have the reflexes of Kung Fu Panda.)

We wait in long lines to go down a couple slides, then figure we'll go float in the Lazy River. Guess what, folks? It's closed. And the Boomerang Ride. Yep. Closed. So our choices are now wait in line for an hour for one of the slides, or float in the broken wave pool that has so many tubes in it that it resembles a giant bowl of Cheerios. Because, you know, half the park was closed, so everyone only could go on the few open things.

After 2 hours we packed up and went to Jason's parents to swim in their pool. Which is blessedly free of stupid, freaking, rip off, inner tubes.

So, if you're thinking of going to Seven Peaks. Don't.

Monday, June 23, 2008

A Milestone Birthday

Our family reached another milestone on Saturday. Our first child entered double digits. Brennan, my Father's Day baby, turned... drum roll...
10 Year's Old!!

Here's a pic with our cute little chubby baby Brennan. He was a good eater. Notice the exhausted-looking mommy? Unfortunately, he was not a good sleeper.

Everyone knows Brennan's love for books. Well, it started early.

He isn't so small or chubby now, and I can't hold him like a baby anymore. He's also a good sport. I don't think I'll get him to take a picture like this next year.

Brennan's still a good eater, and, thankfully, a much better sleeper.
He is such a good boy and we are so lucky to have him in our family.


Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Fablehaven Fever

Last week our city library had a night devoted to the bestselling children's fantasy series of Fablehaven by Brandon Mull, complete with a guest appearance by the author. Book #3, Curse of the Shadow Plague, came out in April, and I decided I better buy it before the Fablehaven night, since I was still #19 on the waiting list at the library--figure 4 weeks per checkout, and we were looking at about a year and a half for our turn. That just wasn't going to cut it.

It took my son about a day to read the book and we were set for the big night. We had a good time rubbing shoulders with the hundreds of other people there, feeding the chickens, drinking magic milk, and dodging hags handing out curses. Actually, the kids chased after the hags, since you had to get a "kiss" from a wandering fairy to lift the curse, and the kisses were Hershey's Kisses. The hags ran out of curses.

I made the kids sit facing the setting sun to listen to Brandon Mull talk. (Shush, kids! Mommy's listening!) The whole time Jason squinted at Brandon and murmured that he looked really familiar. Then Brandon mentioned where he grew up. Jason looked over at me with a grin. "That's it!" he said. It was one of the 11 places his family lived while he was growing up, and he actually went to Scout camp with Brandon, although Brandon would have hung out with Jason's younger brother. Which makes Brandon MY AGE. With books on the bestseller list. I only turned a little green with jealousy.

After Brandon talked we stood in line for an hour--well, my husband stood in line for an hour while I followed kids around the park--to get our book signed. By the time we finally got to Brandon's table, I was practically swooning with envy. A long line of people wanting to get their books signed and take pictures with an author! My book signings usually involve people trying not to make eye contact and giving me a wide berth like I have cooties.

So, pthbthbth on Brandon Mull!!

No, really. I'm happy for his success (Mr. New York Times Bestseller... He probably thinks he's all that. "Hello, look at my books that sell an obscene number of copies." And you know what makes me grumpy? Brandon Mull is a genuinely nice guy, and very funny. I can't even feel satisfied being jealous of a jerk. Grrrr)

Here are the boys with Brandon Mull.

*Note: I have read the first 2 books of the series but the third book is in my stack of books waiting to be read. The first two were pretty good. I'll let you know what I think of #3 when I get to it.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Words Women Use and Their Translations

Forgive me if you've gotten this through email before, but I had to chuckle when I read it on a friend's blog. I had to add some of my own too. I think I'll get it laminated into a wallet-size card and include it with all future wedding gifts.


1. Fine: This is the word women use to end an argument when they are right and you need to shut up.

2. Five Minutes: If she is getting dressed, this means a half an hour. Five minutes is only five minutes if you have just been given five more minutes to watch the game before helping around the house.

3. Nothing: This is the calm before the storm. This means something, and you should be on your toes. Arguments that begin with “Nothing” usually end in “Fine”.

4. Go Ahead: This is a dare, not permission. Don’t Do It!

5. Loud Sigh: This actually is not a word, but a non-verbal statement often misunderstood by men. A loud sigh means she thinks you are an idiot and wonders why she is wasting her time standing here and arguing with you about nothing. (Refer back to #3 for the meaning of nothing.)

6. That’s Okay: This is one of the most dangerous statements a women can make to a man. That’s okay means she wants to think long and hard before deciding how and when you will pay for your mistake.

7. Thanks: A woman is thanking you, do not question, or Faint. Just say ”You’re welcome”.

8. Whatever : Is a women’s way of saying YOU SUCK!!

9. Don’t worry about it, I got it: Another dangerous statement, meaning this is something that a woman has told a man to do several times, but is now doing it herself. This will later result in a man asking “What’s wrong?” For the woman’s response, refer to #3.

Now for Jaime's add-ons.

1o. We should: this could be followed by any number of endings--we should pull out the fridge and clean behind it, we should mow the lawn, we should go talk to our son's teacher, etc. It really means "you should" and most likely means pretty darn soon, too.

11. Are you sure?: It's not a good idea. Cease and desist immediately.

12. Sitting down on the opposite side of the couch when watching TV together: another key non-verbal statement that means think long and hard about what you messed up today, buster. And if you cross that line between cushions to take my hand or even--heaven forbid--try to get frisky you are so going to get it!

13. No really, I don't mind: Complete and total lie. She does mind, and plans on sitting clear across the couch later.

14. So-and-so's husband/boyfriend is so sweet: Stop whatever you are doing and listen hard. It wouldn't be a bad idea to get out a pen and paper and take notes.

Any of these sound familiar, ladies? Anyone think of ones I missed?

**Disclaimer: Of course this list is purely for humorous purposes and there is no way I use any of these women-words :) **

Have a great weekend! It's sunny and I plan on swimming and baking in UV rays. Yippee!!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Looking for some summer reading?

As a life-time book addict I will be sharing some of the good reads I have found over on the Bookmom Musings blog. So, if you're looking for some good books in a variety of genres, pop on over there and see what I will be recommending throughout the summer.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

More Wedding Bells

Saturday we had another family wedding.

My sister Danielle (known to her friends and family as Belly) married Cody Wagner in a sunny ceremony smashed between rain showers at Thanksgiving Point.

My other sister Lori-ann and I were bridesmaids, Senea and my niece McKenzie were flower girls, and my nephew Jeremy was the ring-bearer.

Little flower girl.

The ring-bearer got a little lost, but he's so cute that nobody cared.

The ring-bearer was playing with the ribbons and got them into a knot that took Cody a little work to undo.

Lori-ann (known by her artist name Lori Cunningham) sang a beautiful song that had more than one person in tears. **Shameless plug: Her debut CD will be out in the next couple months but you can check out music samples at**

Brennan and Ian helped greet people at the reception.

Senea loves the brides. They look like princesses, after all.

Taking advantage of all of us looking snazzy.

Belly and Ian -- One of my favorite pictures.

We wish you the best Danielle & Cody!

Friday, June 6, 2008

Review of my book

Stacy Anderson, author of The Santa Letters--if you haven't heard of it yet, around Christmas you will:)--has posted a review of Enjoying the Journey on her blog. Not only is it a positive review but you can tell it comes from her heart. It made me misty-eyed.

Pop on over to Stayin' Alive with Stacy and take a look.

We've Been TP'ed

Yep. Last night we were initiated into the world of Toilet Papering. I got up this morning to go work out and started to laugh. I think they did a pretty good job considering we have little in the way of trees or anything to really TP. And judging by the height of the TP job, I'm guessing our late night visitors were around 9 or 10 years-old. That means the kids like us, right?

I'll share my one and only Toilet Papering story. We were having a sleepover at my house and we decided that we simply had to TP someone. We snuck out late at night and, giggling the entire time, TP'ed the house of a boy I went to school with. We weren't particularly friends with this boy, and none of us had a crush on him or anything. He was just lucky enough to live within walking distance and not on a main road (we lived on Main St.). So, Eric Brown, sorry. There wasn't any hidden message in the TP'ing when you were 14.

I'm not much of a rebel and that late-night trip through town was too harrowing to repeat. So that was my one and only TPing experience. Now, Jason--that's another story. I think he and his best friend Walker became TP Masters, 4th degree. I wonder if his mom has any pictures of that...

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Do you want to write a book?

Surveys say 80 percent of the U.S. population wants to. Are you one of them? Pop over to my other blog, BookMom Musings, for a discussion on how to get ideas for a book.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Calling All Runners (or runner hopefuls)

I guess my blog about running the 5K was so inspirational that some of you expressed interest in running one, too. I just thought I'd share a site which guides you through training to run a 5K in two months. Check out the Cool Running site for great info. for new runners, or the Couch-to-5K Running Plan. There are also training plans clear up to running a marathon. So, if you're really interested, go check them out.

I plan on running the AF Steel Days 5K on Sat. July 19th, but am toying with the idea of running the Freedom Festival 5K in Provo on July 4th. Beyond that, I don't know. Let me know if you want to join me!