Sunday, September 28, 2008

Okay, this is a really special post for me. I have honestly never been tagged, but always secretly wished I would be. I know this may come as a surprise to my husband, who has something against tags. So, thanks Amy, this is a dream come true!

10 years ago I:
1. Was anxiously waiting for my first date.
2. Was pretty much obsessed with school choir, and mad when I didn't make it into New D's as a Sophomore.
3. Was also pretty much obsessed with boys.
4. Felt guilty because I didn't help my mom much with my grandpa, who lived with us at the time.
5. Talked to my mom about everything.

5 things on today's to-do list:
1. Visit Alice at her new nursing home.
2. Clean the spaghetti off the wall.
3. Do the dishes.
4. Call Emily to find out where Alice's new place is.
5. Well, it is Sunday, isn't it?

5 Snacks I enjoy:
1. Twix (frozen, and then separated so that I can really enjoy the cookie part.)
2. Snickerdoodles.
3. Red bell peppers.
4. A nice crisp, juicy, tart apple.
5. Poore Brother's Kettle Chips, BBQ flavor.

5 things I would do if I were a millionaire:
1. Buy a house with a big back yard.
2. Get a new camera.
3. Get a minivan with all the fixings.
4. Travel.
5. Buy Dallas some instruments like a piano, harpsichord, and Uilleann Pipes.

5 Places I have been:
1. Arlington National Cemetery in the fall.
2. The ice caves in Rexburg.
3. An old woman's house in South Dakota.
4. My Grandma's house in Newdale
5. The Cheese Factory in Nampa.

5 Jobs I have had:
1. Cleaned house for Dr. Pond, my home teacher.
2. Hostess at JB's in Meridian.
3. Dental Assistant in Nampa.
4. Waitress at JB's in Meridian.
5. Dental Assistant/Office Assistant in Rexburg.

5 People I tag:
1. Mindy Rowley
2. Julie Gibbens
3. Katie Morgan
4. Michelle Martin
5. Maegen Smith

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Poor Gullible Heidi... (Part 1)

So for those of you who don't know, my youngest sibling is Heidi. She's a sweet, short, gullible 14-year old who I absolutely love to torment. I've had much fun recently at her expense, and I wanted to share two of the recent exploits in a 2-part blog extravaganza!

After having missed a call from her we had the following IM conversation (minor edits for clarity and succinctness).

Dallas says:
where did you call me from?
Heidi says:
my phone, why?
Dallas says:
because that's not what the callerID said
Heidi says:
Dallas says:
it said Darin Theurer
Heidi says:
Dallas says:
yeah, are you lying to me?
Heidi says:
or are u just kidding?
seriously i want to know if it said that
Dallas says:
it seriously did, do you know who that is?
Heidi says:
Dallas says:
very strange
Heidi says:
what should i do?
Dallas says:
well it's pretty suspicious actually
Heidi says:
Dallas says:
you really don't know a Darin Theurer?
Heidi says:
no, should i?
ur making me scared
scratch that... you are scaring me
Dallas says:
well I'm being serious
Heidi says:
ok, should i worry?
Dallas says:
you should first ask around and see if anyone knows who it is
Heidi says:
Dallas says:
it's probably okay, but you need to make sure that your identity isn't being stolen
Heidi says:
how could it with my phone?
Dallas says:
well it seems like someone might be trying to take over your personal data
Heidi says:
im really scared now
im not kidding...this is really scaring me
are you really serious?
cause if your not this is a really mean joke
Dallas says:
well it's hard to say
it's probably nothing, but you should do a few things to make sure
Heidi says:
just ask around?
Dallas says:
yeah, do that first
Heidi says:
Dallas says:
if someone knows who it is, get in contact with them and see if they recently got or had a phone with your number
if no one knows this person, you need to probably file a report with the US Identity Protectorate just to make sure
they will investigate the case,
Heidi says:
whatever, you jerk
Dallas says:
Heidi says:
ur kidding right?
Dallas says:
no... why would I joke around with Identity Theft?
it's serious
Heidi says:
ok... shouldnt i contact t mobile?
Dallas says:
you can but they wouldn't be able to tell you anything about any other customers
anyways, the USIP will investigate your case and give you directives based on what they discover
Heidi says:
Dallas says:
they'll either say it's just a fluke, or that you need to take extra precautions
like changing your handwriting and never letting anyone see you sign stuff
you don't have a checking account or credit card, do you?
Heidi says:
i have a bank account
Dallas says:
and is all your money there?
Heidi says: looked in the phone book and there wasnt a darin theuer
or however you spell the last name
there was a dennis and a david
Dallas says:
hmmm... okay
Heidi says:
im really scared dallas, like i could cry
this is really scary for me...
i need some comfort words
Dallas says:
okay here's some comfort words...
{at this point I sent a voice message laughing and saying something to the effect of: You've been duped!}
Heidi says:
so you are kidding
Dallas says:
Heidi says:
you jerk!!!
i hate you!!!!!!!!!
u are such a liar
thanks alot jerk
im going to bed
goodnight i love you

Cruel you say? Yes, but it's a trade-off you see, the amount of laughs that came from this conversation by far off-set any turmoil of worry that the poor child experienced. The callerID did really come up as this different name, but just about everything past that is fabricated (yes, there is no such thing as the United States Identity Protectorate)!

Stay tuned, and in a few days I'll post Part 2 - hilarious snippets of a hilarious email conversation regarding Heidi that circulated amongst my brother, brothers-in-law, and me...!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Alice is finally out of the hospital! She is now in a senior apartment until the roof of her house is fixed. I haven't even seen her new apartment, but plan on going today.

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Friday, September 12, 2008

Congratulations Casey!

I just got back from San Diego to witness Casey Cutler's graduation from basic training of the United States Marine Corps. Congratulations! We are all so proud of you! (More to come on this adventure. I am just tired for tonight!)

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There is nothing like family!

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We got all ready to go swimming, but the pool was closed for cleaning, so we got our bikes out instead. Gabe actually can't reach the pedals, so I pushed him the whole time. Doesn't he look grown up, though? We have a lot of sidewalks within our complex, so we had quite the little adventure, especially considering all my kids still tend to watch their feet instead of where they are going!

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Penelope's Birthday

I am pretty much like a crappy mom because I just haven't found the energy to give my girls a real party. Penelope's birthday was on Sunday and we just had a little family party. It was pretty fun anyhow. The day before, on Saturday, we went to the pool and opened presents from Great-grandparents. She got spoiled! Dallas made her cupcakes and birthday dinner. (Thanks Honey, I really owe you for all you do!) I still can't believe she is already 3 years old. I figure the only kid I have much impact on now is Gabe, because aren't the first three years the most important? I hope I did an okay job for Penelope. Happy Birthday little Penny! I love you!

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So, who really was more excited for the ponies? That is what I thought....

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We are all so glad to have Daddy back! I am so thankful that Dallas is such a wonderful father. He always takes time to play with the kids. I really think we are all so lucky to have him!

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Sophie asked me to take a picture of her with these legos the other day. I told her to smile and this is what I got. I would have even preferred cheesy over this. I don't even know what kind of a fake smile this is....

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While I was trying to help Penny spell her name with our magnetic letters, she was more interested in sorting them by color, so we decided to make a rainbow instead. Gabe just wanted to pose like Penny. He is seriously a little copycat!

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

I am always trying to get the kids to pose doing something cute all together for a picture, but this was all them! Right after bath they just all decided to play "Ring Around the Rosies", which is of course pretty much amazing because usually poor Gabe is excluded from most of the play. When I ask the girls to include Gabriel, usually Penelope will say, "But Mom, he is a bay." Which can be translated to mean 'boy' I have come to find out. This really reminds me of my childhood. Josh and Katie would always play animals, and I was only allowed to play if I were human. It usually played out like this:
Me: Can I play with you guys?
Katie: Yeah, but we are lions and you have to be the zoo keeper.
Me: Okay.
Josh: And lets pretend that you are coming to feed us some raw meat, but we try to kill you.
Katie: Yeah, because we want to be in the wild and we hate you.

So, needless to say, I never really felt all that included!

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As per Dallas' idea, once a week we eat out by the pool and then all go swimming together. It is so much fun! It is great to have a pool in our complex. Yesterday I did have a scare as Penny decided to go off the steps without her life vest or floatie, but other than swallowing a bunch of gross pool water, she is doing fine. I have decided the kids can no longer even be inside the pool area without their life vests on.

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Dallas sometimes finds the strangest places to sleep. One Sunday after church I found him in the hall with Sophie curled up with him, trying to show him the things she got in Sunbeams. By the way, Sophie's Sunbeams teachers are amazing! We just went to our 3rd Sunday in the Gilbert McQueen ward and already Sophie has a "Sunny Sunday Sack" full of carefully done hand outs and papers, feathers, and glow sticks. Her teachers, Brother and Sister Christensen, came over on Saturday to welcome her officially. They brought her a baloon and some bubbles and talked to us about what they do in Sunbeams everyweek, and told us a of the other Sunbeams that live in our complex. I was very impressed. Also, every week they have a letter to the parents telling us exactly what they did and learned. Sophie loves her class, and I do too! I mean the nursery is great for Gabe and Penny and all, especially because every time I peek in, someone is holding Gabe, but I have never known anyone to magnify their calling like Sophie's teachers are!

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Sunday, September 07, 2008

Happy Birthday Penelope!

So today Penelope Lilly Heaton is 3 years old! I am so amazed at how much this wonderful girl has grown and changed. I love her more than ever.
I thought I would tell her birth story because I love it. On September 6, 2005, at about 11 pm, I was feeling some pretty consistent contractions, so I called the hospital. They asked if they were hurting, which of course, I lied about and said yes. They told me to drink some water and try to relax. They said to time my contractions and if they were under 5 minutes apart to come in. I paced around our apartment, timing contractions while Dallas read. I wasn't due until September 29th, so Dallas thought I was just trying to make something happen because I was tired of being pregnant. In all honesty, I had been trying for the last few days to do everything I could to go into labor, EXCEPT for Castor oil, which Dallas forbid me to take. I would go jogging at the nature park while pushing Sophie in the stroller, I squatted every time I felt even a tiny contraction, because my sister had heard this helps you dilate, and I jumped as much as I could without looking too weird. My sisters and I all get so anxious to have our babies. I think it is contagious. I don't know how I would cope with being overdue.
Well, this evening I thought it could be the real thing, though I was pretty sure it was just wishful thinking. Still, as I had timed my painless contractions, and they weren't easing up, I told Dallas I wanted to go to the hospital to be checked. Sophie was sleeping and we didn't really want to take her anywhere or have someone come over since it was getting late and we weren't all together sure this was the real thing. So, I told Dallas he could stay home and I would call him to let him know what was up. So I checked myself into the hospital and got hooked up to the monitors while the nurse checked me. I was only about 2 cm, but I was having consistent contractions. She called the doctor to see what he wanted to do. It was Dr. Allred and he said to have me walk around for an hour and then see if anything changed.
I was determined that something was going to change in that hour, so I didn't just walk around the hospital. I am pretty sure people were talking about the weird pregnant lady who was literally jumping down the stairs and then running up them. I stayed as far from the maternity ward as possible because I was afraid if they saw me jumping around they would send me home. After an hour I happily returned to the room to be checked. The nurse said I had maybe changed a half a centimeter, but not more than that. She called the doctor who said it was my choice. If I wanted to go home I could, or I could stay. It was probably about 5 am and I called Dallas. I was pretty emotional because at this point I just wanted it to happen. I decided to stay even though my contractions were still pain free. I kept telling myself that at least they weren't stopping.
So I stayed, but this time I had to stay in my room because they hooked me up to an IV to keep me hydrated. So I paced miserably back and forth in my room. I was really regretting coming to the hospital so early. I could have easily done this at home. At around 8 am things were starting to get a little more exciting. I was nearing a 3 on a pain scale from 1-10, where 1 is no pain and 10 is the worst in the world. I had been telling the nurses I was at about a 4 from the beginning, just because I wanted to stay so bad. I asked the nurse to check me again and she was happy to announce that I was closer to 4 cm! She called the doctor and he said he would come break my water. I called Dallas and told him I thought he should drop Sophie off and come, and call his mom and Celeste, who I had invited to the birth. When Dr. Allred arrived, he said he was glad I had decided to stay. Dallas was there and he broke my water. The contractions immediately became much worse, which made me very happy. By the time Celeste and Mom were there, I was not handling anything well. I was pretty embarrassed and tried to seem under control, but it was futile. I was a wreck, but I was having a baby! Penelope Lilly Heaton was born just after 1 pm. She weighed 6 lbs 1 oz, making her my smallest baby. We couldn't agree on a name, so Dallas just picked Penelope Lilly himself and promised me if I really hated it, I could change it. So, the next day we brought her home. I was still not in love with the name Penelope, so I called her Lilly for about the first 9 months of her life, but have since decided Penelope is probably one of my very favorite names. I am sure it has something to do with the sweet little girl it belongs to!
I love you Penelope!

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Wednesday, September 03, 2008

I found this picture. I know it is either Erin or Katie, but I can't tell which one.

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