Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Well - I took the personality quiz that is going around the blog world. Haha! Here is what it says about me!

You Are An ENFJ

The Giver

You strive to maintain harmony in relationships, and usually succeed.

Articulate and enthusiastic, you are good at making personal connections.

Sometimes you idealize relationships too much - and end up being let down.

You find the most energy and comfort in social situations ... where you shine.

In love, you are very protective and supporting.

However, you do need to "feel special" - and it's quite easy for you to get jealous.

At work, you are a natural leader. You can help people discover their greatest potential.

You would make a good writer, human resources director, or psychologist.

How you see yourself: Trusting, idealistic, and expressive

When other people don't get you, they see you as: Bossy, inappropriate, and loud

Friday, November 23, 2007

Happy Day After Thanksgiving!!!!

Good grief! I had big plans for my "Thanksgiving post" but I have been SOO busy that I never got a chance to type anything up!! These past few weeks have been NUTSO for me. I feel like I have a million ideas and projects and things to do tumbling around in my head ALL THE TIME!! I need to start checking things off my list! My plan for right now was to take a nap! Haha!! I just don't know when I'll get around to posting anything if I don't take advantage of this quiet time. The girls are napping and Nathan is tackling his list of things to do. =) SO - I have heaps of stuff to say!

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday!! We went over to some friend's home for the feast and it was tons of fun! AND we even got to play THE ANIMAL GAME! I've been longing to play that for the last TWO years! Yay!! Suzanne and Jim were great hosts and we are so grateful to them for taking us in. =)

I've been thinking about my life and feeling so thankful for it. I love being alive and getting to experience all the wonderful things in this world. A lot of you are probably familiar with my little "freak outs" that I have occasionally. It used to happen a lot more when Nathan and I were first married. Here's what happens - I pretty much panic that I'm going to die and then freak out. NOT because I'm scared to die. I just LOVE living so DARN MUCH. I don't want to miss out on raising my kids. I don't want Nathan to get remarried and forget about me. I don't want my family to have to miss me. I especially don't want to die right now when I know niether of my girls would remember me. Anyway - a couple of nights ago I was watching House and working on bows and all of the sudden I think to myself that I'm going to die NEXT WEEK. Of course panic ensues. I think to myself 'why would I just think that?? It must be a warning!!'. So, Nathan comes home from mutual to find me bawling and writing a letter to Anika. He comforts me by reminding me that this has happened before and I'm still alive. He also reminds me that I'm hormonal (not pregnancy hormones!!). He tells me that he could never forget me. He promises that if I do die he will make sure that the girls know how much I loved them. So, we start to chuckle a bit at my dramatics and I feel a little better. I don't really think that I'm going to die next week - but I can't stop thinking "what if". Whether I live another week or another 50 years I want to take advantage of every day and every moment I have with the girls and with Nathan. I want to serve more. I want to leave the world a better place. I want to be a better missionary. I want to DO more and PLAY more and put the really important things first. I want to write letters to my girls. I want to remember birthdays and call people more. I want to figure out how to STUDY the scriptures (yeah, I'm 26 and still working on that). I want to feel confident that when I do die I will be ready. I love being alive - I just want to make sure that I'm living RIGHT. Does that make sense? Anyway - enough of that.

So, last night I was standing by my closet and thinking about Christmas gifts. I was feeling so excited and I turned around really fast to head out the door and BAM!!! I hit the door jam and it HURT!! One of those hurts where I actually CRIED. =) I was so disoriented - how the heck did that happen? And it's on my RIGHT eye! Which means that I didn't even ALMOST make it out the door! Anyway - here is a picture of that little tragedy last night:



Last Tuesday we had our FIRST SNOW!! We were so excited! It's a little weird because we still have tons of leaves on our trees! Luckily, the snow melted pretty fast and we should be able to rake our mess this weekend. =) That morning we walked to school using our off roading stroller and it worked pretty well but on the way to pick her up I whipped out our AWESEOME new sled (a tag sale purchase) and pulled Keslie. It worked SO perfectly! It was so fast - even once both girls were on we just sailed right along. LOVE IT! I got a few pictures - but not of the sled.

Keslie helped me make a pumpkin roll while Anika was at school! She's so cute - lately when she is eating she'll say "mmmm, licious!!". She has a very contagious little laugh! She has lovingly named her PINK soft blanket from Aunt Jolee - Purple. That's it's name. Haha!! We were cleaning up the Fall decorations today and I realized that I had never gotten a photo of her with her "friend" scarecrow!! So - there is a picture of that along with some pumpkin roll pics. For the past two months she has toted that thing with her everywhere - holding it's hand and calling it her friend scarecrow.

Today is the big Christmas decorating day! Happy day!! I'll get some pictures of our holiday splendor once it's all finished! We are saving the tree for when the girls wake up.

The girl's were loving playing in the boxes this year.

Anika was WAY to busy playing with all of her "new" toys. =)

The annual opening of the egg nog! The girls LOVE that stuff!
Nathan is being a good sport and helping us set up. He thinks that we should hold off decorating until DECEMBER 1st!! AND he also thinks that we shouldn't listen to Christmas music until December!! He must really love me because we were setting up Christmas this afternoon - Nov. 23rd and listening to all our favorite yuletide carols! =) I think he's crazy!! Personally - I think it would make Thanksgiving all the better - more warm and fuzzy and holidayish - if we could decorate BEFORE! AND I could listen to Christmas music ALL year around! I am SO happy that it's Christmas time that I feel like bursting into song RIGHT NOW!! We get to go to AZ for the holidays this year! We are SO excited! It will be a little weird not seeing my family. This will be my first Christmas to not see them at all on Christmas. SAD!! Anyway - I'm sure there will be more Christmasy posts to come. If I have time. =)

So, a few of you commented on my slick glasses. =) I got these glasses when I was pregnant with Anika because I couldn't see things that were far away as well. They said that was normal when you are pregnant. I never wore them. For the past year I have been doing a really annoying thing with my face. It's sort of a forehead scrunch/twitch kind of thing. I know it's been at least a year because I remember talking to Kyle and Hillary about it last year before Thanksgiving. I decided to give these glasses a whirl to see if they would help at all. Not so much. I still twitch and wrinkle and scrunch and strain my poor forehead muscles all the live long day. I imagine it doesn't look very cute AND it leaves my head feeling OH SO SORE. Nathan always says "Britt, why are you blinking at that(whatever it is) are you trying to make it disappear?!". As in, I look like Jeannie on I Dream of Jeannie when she does her goofy blink. So, I think I need to give in and go get my eyes checked. I've never worn contacts or glasses or anything - but if it will help get rid of this annoying habit then I am all for it!

Check out this CUTE MAGOOT!!

This is Anika with her favorite toy friend - Wilbur. =) I love her big, beautiful grin and those twinkling eyes!

Here is a video of Nathan playing with the girls!

So, I watched Hairspray for the first time a couple days ago! Loved it! This is one of my favorite songs because I LOVE how cheesy James Marsden is as Corny Collins. The only problem with this one is that we only get a few glimpses of LINK. That's right folks. I totally have a crush on Link Larkin. =) Will somebody please get me one of these? Haha!! =)

So - here's one with lot's of Link. =) I love it when he hugs the pillow and takes a bite of the candy bar! SO CHEESY!

Alright! The girls are awake! Off to decorate the tree!! Have a great weekend!!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

A Heavenly Visit

Well - my sister Kelyn was just here for her 4th visit!! We got to have her and the boys for 10 days and it was just fabulous! The 4 kids get along great! So, let me just fill you in on ALL the crazy adventures we had!

For starters, Kelyn and I mastered 6 PUZZLES while she was here!! Mostly 500 hundred piecers. We ended with a bang and did a 1000 piece puzzle! Pretty sweet - eh? BUT WAIT, it gets even crazier! When we weren't "playing puzzles" (that's what we like to say) we were having word search races, reading, making MULTIPLE batches of cookies, napping, playing settlers, devouring delicious sandwiches and basically just being laid back and carefree! We quite enjoyed ourselves! Aren't we AWESOME?! We did get to go on a fun-filled girls night to Red Robin! We had big plans to party the night away - go clubbin (haha!), cruise through town, catch a flick - but after our burgers we decided that we wanted to go home and change into our PJ's and finish our Puzz diddly uzzle. I know - can we GET ANY COOLER?!! =)

What were the kids doing during all of this? Well, they did a lot of dressing up (mostly in doggy ears leftover from Anika's Blue's Clue's party last year), dancing, cushion jumping, they liked to be superheros and fly from room to room, empty out EVERY toy in the house, color with crayons (in Isaac's case - EAT the crayons), when it was nice outside they loved playing with the bikes and going on walks, AND of course - they did watch their fair share of The Wiggle's and Teletubbies (tubby tubbies as Keslie calls them) and Winnie the Pooh. Samuel calls me Aunt Brikky. =)

We hit the JACKPOT on Saturday when we hit the tag sale scene! We came home with a CARLOAD of stuff. I'm still not sure how Kel got it all in her suitcases. Luckily, she always brings an extra one for tag sale merchandise. =)

Kelyn got to be my sole helper in nursery on Sunday. We make a good team! We laughed because we sound the same - we both talk in a high, zippity doo da kind of voice. =)

The last day they were here the weather was FANTASTIC! We dropped Anika off at pre-school and took the 3 younger kids to Westmoor park. The foliage was just beautiful and the kids had a great time running around. Keslie and Isaac even engaged in some puddle jumping!

And now they are gone and we are very very sad. 10 days goes oh so fast.

Today I tried to stay busy - we went to the library and grocery store this morning and then after lunch we went shopping for Christmas outfits! I think I found them! A little different than the Froo froo dresses I usually pick, but I'm excited! I can't wait to make bows to match! While I was at the mall I stopped in at the Verizon store to see if I could get any deals on phones. That's right my friends. My phone in gone! Lost and STOLEN. I'm so upset. If anyone has any verizon phones laying around their house that they'd be willing to sell - let me know!! The prices are pretty up there and it's looking like I'm going to get to use OLD FAITHFUL. I don't know how old it is but compared to my Chocolate it looks like it's from the stone age. Anyway - I'd love to find a screaming deal! I then went to Target and had a most upsetting experience in the food court area and then was met with rudeness everywhere I turned. I dearly love that store so I won't hold a grudge. I did, however, take a stand by NOT putting away my cart. Haha! Poor cart guy. He didn't do anything.

Anyway - I am officially rambling. Kelyn - thanks for visiting and for being such a good friend to me! We already miss you and the boys!

Here are some pictures from the visit! I didn't take as many as I would have liked but we still got some cute ones! I have some videos that I'll upload when I get the chance! I'm sure that Kel will be posting a bunch of pictures on her blog too! See ya!

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Thursday, November 01, 2007

Happy November!!

I guess I missed Halloween! But, I hope you all had a wonderful, festive, candy filled day! I sure did. It was SO busy! Nathan and I were ready to crash by 8:30! We had a fun playgroup Halloween party over at Amy's house. All the food was so yummy and there were such cute Halloween games for the kids! We met up with our friends - Jenn, Scott, Connor, and Haydn last night. The kids had a great time trick or treating and I think they lasted a lot longer since they were together. Nathan and I didn't dress up this year - although I did have some snazzy bat earrings, some cool Halloween socks and an orange shirt from my WW high school days! The GIRLS were little lovebugs. I thought they were cute! Almost everybody thought Kes was a BOY LADYBUG. Nice. You know - I totally GET that babies can go either way. But when you have a little girl with curls and bows and RED hearts ... I just don't get it.

Update - I am still without heat!! Go TEAM!

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