Friday, August 29, 2008

Flashback Friday

I'm totally copying Jenny's idea.

Announcing--drum roll, please--
Flashback (echo: flashback, flashback, flashback)
Friday
(echo: Friday, Friday, Friday)

We blast back into the 70's and remember Jason and Jaime as cute little toddlers.

Isn't Jason cute? He's about 18 months here.

Senea comes by her love of drawing naturally, I guess.

You can see how much Ian looks like his daddy in some of these pics.

I should look at this picture more often when I have to clean up one of Senea's chalk, fingerpaint, or mud messes. I don't know where she got it...

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Kindergarten

Monday was the first day of Kindergarten for Senea. She has been so excited all summer.

Here she is in line with her friend Bryant.

If you ask her what the best thing is about starting school, she'll probably say the new clothes. Thanks Aunt Sammie! Is she a total girl, or what?

I was dancing for joy when I dropped her off, but I have to admit there was a small twinge of sadness. My baby is in school. *sniff* Ok, now I'm over it. :) I have a few hours a day where all 3 kids are in school. So far this week I've been using that time to catch up on stuff I let slide over the summer. And then I'll consider it my work time to finish up my next book. Yippee!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

For a laugh

Check out my other blog here for a little Twilight fun.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Hip Hip Hooray!

I did it!

Here I am at the finish line of the triathlon on Saturday morning. Do you think I look happy? Triumphant even? Heck, yeah! I finished it, and didn't have to stop or throw up afterward. To me that was a success!

And here's the lady that talked me into it, Elaine. She did great, too!

The worst part of the whole thing was waiting in line next to the pool, shivering in the cold because all I had on was my swimsuit and goggles. They stagger the start of the swim, so the faster swimmers went first. I was firmly in the middle of the pack and didn't actually get in the water for a good 30 minutes after the first guys. Maybe even 45 minutes.

My verdict? It was a lot of fun. I tried to do my best, but didn't push myself to total exhaustion. The next triathlon I'll be able to gauge better how to pace myself (and yes, I would love to do another one). I finished it under the time I allotted myself and even took time during one transition to run to the bathroom.

I felt like I would place near-ish the top of the pack in my age group. Imagine my total surprise to find out later that day when all the results were in that I actually placed 3rd in my class! Wow! Now I'm even more willing to try it again. Maybe I could do way better if I swam a little faster, didn't towel off quite so much, and just went pee on the run... *shudder* Nah.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

And another rave review

Another book review (and interview) of Enjoying the Journey has been posted over on author Carole Warburton's blog, Musings from Paradise.

"I've never met Jaime Theler, but after reading the book she co-authored with her mother Deborah Talmadge, Enjoying the Journey--Steps to Finding Joy Now, I would like to. Mainly I'd like to find out how it is that someone as young as she is has managed to capture so much knowledge and wisdom in her life."

Wow. I'm blushing. Click here for the full review.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Gates vs. GM

For all of us who feel only the deepest love and affection for the way computers have enhanced our lives, read on.

At a recent computer expo (COMDEX), BillGates reportedly compared the computer industry with the auto industry and stated, "If GM had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25.00 cars that got 1,000 miles to the gallon."

In response to Bill's comments, General Motors issued a press release stating:

If GM h ad developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving cars with the following characteristics (and I just love this part):

1. For no reason whatsoever, your car would crash........
Twice a day.

2. Every time they repainted the lines in the road, you would have to buy a new car.

3. Occasionally your car would die on the freeway for no reason. You would have to pull to the side of the road, close all of the windows, shut off the car, restart it, and reopen the windows before you could continue. For some reason you would simply accept this.

4. Occasionally, executing a maneuver such as a left turn would cause your car to shut down and refuse to restart, in which case you would have to reinstall the engine.

5. Macintosh would make a car that was powered by the sun, was reliable, five times as fast and twice as easy to drive - but would run on only five percent of the roads.

6. The oil, water temperature, and alternator warning lights would all be replaced by a single "This Car Has Performed An Illegal Operation" warning light.

7. The airbag system would ask "Are you sure?" before deploying.

8. Occasionally, for no reason whatsoever, your car would lock you out and refuse to let you in until you simultaneously lifted the door handle, turned the key and grabbed hold of the radio antenna.

9. Every time a new car was introduced car buyers would have to learn how to drive all over again because none of the controls would operate in the same manner as the old car.

10. You'd have to press the "Start" button to turn the engine off.

Please share this with your friends who love - but sometimes hate - their computer!

**I don't know how true this is, but I thought it was funny all the same.**

Monday, August 18, 2008

A new way to workout

I don't know about you, but this looks like fun!



Happy Monday! The first day of school. Yippee!!!!!!

Friday, August 15, 2008

8 Days and counting

Eight days. That's all I have. Then it's D-Day, or maybe I should say T-Day. Triathlon Day.
I have been training consistently. There's been ups and downs--days I felt like maybe I could do this (in an acceptable manner. I know I can walk the run if it comes down to it), and days I was almost in tears because I could barely make it through training that day. Since I have a penchant for lists, here's a list of things I've learned through this experience so far:

* Yes, you can bruise your butt bones so bad on a stationary bike seat that it is hard to sit for 2 days.
* When you run after biking, your legs don't quite work right for at least 1/2 mile.
* Swimming is freakin' hard. Michael Phelps, you are the bomb!
* The right running shoes can make all the difference.
* I now know what "bonking" is and it stinks bad. Click here for a definition.
* When you work out for 90 minutes a day, you have to eat more than I normally do. Have to, have to, have to.
* When doing the elementary backstroke, occasionally look to see where the wall is so you don't whack your head so hard you go underwater where it is not easy to scream in pain.
* Cycling shorts are a must, because parts of you stick to the bike seat you really don't want to stick when you wear running shorts.
* You cannot exercise well to Josh Groban music. Evanescence--yes. Muse--yes. Backstreet Boys--some songs (not the whiny ballads, gag me). Linkin Park--definitely.
* It is unreal how stubborn socks can be when you try to put them over dripping feet.
* Unfortunately, now I can at least marginally understand why triathletes just pee as they bike/run. Doesn't mean I'll do it, but I can understand the temptation.
* Sugar is evil. The fru-its of the dev-il. It makes you feel horrible for the whole day. No cookie is worth it because the calories give you nothing to run on.
* Getting in the pool at 5 a.m. is one of the hardest tests of will power.
* You can hate training and be excited for the race at the same time.
* Biking while soaking wet is really not as horrible as it sounds. You dry off fairly quickly.
* Goggles. Use them.
* My favorite time of day is around dawn.
* Exercise is addictive.

Look for my results blog after T-Day. Go do something awesome!!!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

What do you get...

When you mix 14-17 kids age 2 to 11?

An impromptu neighborhood party at the Theler house!

That's what we had today for the whole afternoon. I think our max. child count was 17, but at that point I may have missed one, so maybe we should round up to 18. Either way, my house was a little worse for the wear after 5:00 when I kicked everyone out. Whew! I'm ready for bed. I think tomorrow we'll restrict the number of friends.

Monday, August 11, 2008

The world needs more hugs

A feel-good to start your week. Consider yourself hugged!

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Deep in the dark

That sounds like a cool book title, doesn't it? Last week we dragged the kids to Timpanogos Cave, which is only a few minutes from our house, but we've never gone there as a family. Jason has gone with school field trips and I know I went once when I was 8 or so, but I don't know if that counts.

To get to the cave you have to hike a strenuous 1 1/2 mile paved trail which rises 1065 feet (and if that sounds like a snippet from a tour guide, why yes, it is).

Here we are near the beginning of the hike.

There were awesome views on the way.


And here are the kids close to the top. "Are we there yet?"

Inside the cave we broke out our sweatshirts, despite the 90+ degree weather,
because in the cave it stays 45 degrees year-round.

Our guide told us these little curly-q things are really rare. Something like 4 other caves in the world has just a few of them. Timpanogos Cave has thousands.

The "Heart of Timpanogos"

Eww. It looks a little like snot. (Can you tell I have boys?)


The whole thing was a lot of fun and very informative. The part Jason probably liked the most was when our guide told us about the Cave Touring you could do off the regular route. For a small fee, a group of 4 can get in spelunking gear and go climbing around through more caves and even see an underground lake. I could just see him thinking "Guy activity" with his brothers. Hey, can I tag along too? You can find out more about it at the Timpanogos Cave website.

The only sad thing was the death of my sunglasses. A moment of silence to mourn their passing...

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Stop the Presses!

It's swimsuit time!

Yeah, I know, I know. School is a week and a half away and summer break will officially be over, but now is the perfect time to shop for a swimming suit...for next year. For some reason, many stores clearance out their summer stuff right about now, because we all want to wear long sleeves in the 95 degree weather, right? And for penny nazis like me, you can get some really good deals. So that's a good excuse.

Or maybe just you're scared that the next time you get in the pool your current suit will give up the ghost and will either fall apart, making you run for the locker room wrapped in a towel, or the elastic will die and you will look like you're wearing a suit 10 times too big. Whatever the reason, here are some good places to look. (Gentlemen, I'm sorry, but these are all for the ladies...)

#1 - For the locals. Diviine Modestee
Diviine Modestee has suits that actually fit! I kid you not. Only those of you who return from swimsuit shopping in tears (hmmm. A yearly occurence for me) can understand how much you would actually pay for that. And for those who, like me, are also cleavage-impaired, a suit that helps in that area is highly desirable.

I bought a suit from this spring and love it! It hasn't gone fuzzy, fallen apart, or lost its color. And... drum roll... they are having a clearance sale!!

The scoop: Warehouse Blowout Sale, Aug. 7-9, 14-16, 21-23. Things 40-80% off
Where: 663 W. State Rd. Pleasant Grove (just behind Timp Cycles)

You can check out their Divinita Sole swimsuit collection online here, along with fitting tips for your body style. I know someone that bought 3 suits at this sale last year for the price of one. They have lots of layering shirts & stuff, too. Don't miss it! I'll be there bright and early tomorrow.

#2 Athleta
Whenever I see a certain sister-in-law with a particularly cute suit, she often says it's from Athleta. So I went to check it out and there are so many way cute ones, that range from xtra small to plus sizes. And... they are having a sale too! (Imagine that!)

Go to Athleta.com and click on the "Sale Outlet" then "Swimwear". I just got mine in the mail today. Oooo, I'm so excited!

#3 Carabella
From what I can tell, all of their suits are on sale right now. And, shockingly, they have some really attractive one-pieces, too. (Which is always good after 1, 2, or 3 kids, right?) Click here for their swimming collection. Then peek on over to the clearance section (top right of the menu) for some suits even under $20.

#4 Nordstrom
"What?" scream you other penny pinchers. Take a deep breath. Yes, even Nordstrom is having a sale on their swimwear. Check it out here. I'm kinda liking the animal print one-piece, myself. Or the DKNY stripe halter.

#5 Target
Always a good one. Here's their normal swim shop. And don't forget the clearance swimwear.

I'm sure some of you know of other places, but I wanted to make sure to tell you about the Warehouse Clearance sale in time. Happy swimsuit shopping!

P.S. I have no idea why the font color went funky. Sorry.



Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Holy Cake, Batman!

My newest sister-in-law makes wedding cakes. We had a little get together for my dad's birthday and she walked in with this!!

Oh yeah. It's a cake all right.


My dad's a big tennis player (as was I before knee surgery and 3 children. And as I will be once again. Oh, yes--I will play tennis again. *punch fist to the sky in a dramatic manner*)

The kids were immediately calling dibs on the tennis ball. And even though it was chocolate, I had to try a little slice of the chocolate cake with chocolate mousse frosting, topped by the outer frosting made from--get this--melted marshmallows. Who knew?! I just thought you melted marshmallows in the microwave for kicks. Not like I ever did that, of course. Or melted various candies and stuck them all over a real potato as a Mr. Potato Head with my roommate in college as a really bad gift to give the guys who lived a few doors down, one of which I would happen to marry 2 years later. Who needs alcohol to act really weird? Just keep me up past sunset and the entertainment never ends. It seemed like the most hilarious idea at the time. And if I remember it was really late, too. Just a word of caution: avoid melting jelly beans. Really gross. As in horrible stink that takes a few days to get rid of gross. And they wouldn't stick to the potato worth anything.

Anyway, back to the cake... Everyone assured me it was absolutely delicious, which I'm sure it was, if you like that chocolate kind of thing. All I know is Mandi is now invited to all my children's birthday parties because they will turn up their noses at my pathetic cupcakes now that they've seen what cake could be.

Mandi does hire out her services, you can reach her at... Ha ha. Just kidding. I won't really post her cell number. But if you really want an awesome cake, I can give it to you. You know you're drooling...

Saturday, August 2, 2008

An interview with...well, me

Here's an author interview about my latest book, Enjoying the Journey. The company who did it, Reel Line Productions, did an awesome job editing most of my ramblings. I found that I do much better writing things down, and even talking in front of groups, than talking in front of a camera. *blushing* I hope you still enjoy hearing some of my thoughts. If nothing else, the peaceful background music is nice...

A-hiking we will go (again)

I used to hike a lot while growing up, and now I've been bit by the hiking bug again. Last week we dragged the kids on a hike to Stewart Falls. Jason's parents came along for the fun.

The views were fantastic!

Not to mention the incredible surrounding nature.


It was 2 miles in to the falls, which stretched the kids to their limits.
The waterfalls at last!

Shortly after we arrived, the BYU Cross-country running camp arrived, having run the 2 miles up. The solitude wasn't so solitary anymore with 50+ runners, but we didn't mind sharing.
*I just had to explain why there are all sorts of people in short shorts and without shirts in the background of this picture.*


Jason and I took turns carrying Senea on the way back because she was too tired to hike anymore. It gave us a good workout!



We were all a *little* dirty afterwards.
(Jason laughed that I would take a picture of my feet, but I wanted to share.)

I can't wait until the next hike!
It was actually yesterday, but I'll post about it sometime next week.