Friday, July 27, 2007


So I guess I have been tagged and I have to bore you with 7 random things about me that you might not know... I am sure you will think I am crazy by the time you are done reading all these or else you will think to yourself, "I can't believe I just wasted a few minutes of my life reading such boring information!" :) Either way, enjoy!!!

1. Okay, I know this is so strange and pretty OCD of me, but I don't like my food touching at all when I eat, I eat one thing at a time until it is completely gone and I usually start by eating my least favorite thing first so I can finish with my favorite thing as my last bite. Let me explain.... if I have steak, potatoes, peas and salad, first of all none of them can touch... the A-1 can not be touching my potatoes or the peas and don't even think about having the salad dressing run onto anything... GROSS! I don't mix my peas and potatoes like most people do! Yuck! So I will typically eat the peas first until they are completely gone. Then the potatoes but I don't mix them with a bite of steak. Then onto the salad and last of all, I finish with the steak and TONS of A-1 aka liquid gold!! :)

2. You wouldn't be able to tell by looking at my house right now (although my husband did have it completely clean when I got home from class yesterday which was a pleasant surprise) but I am an organizational freak! I have a place for everything in my house and everything has a place! For the most part, I can tell you exactly where something is, which shelf it is on, whether it's on the left or right of the shelf and what other things you are going to be able to find around it. This has saved me several times and even though my husband thinks I am crazy, if you honestly ask him, he will admit that it has saved his tail end several times when he really needs something. I have slipped a little lately and I am afraid it seems to be getting worse with every kid we add to the family but I am still pretty OCD about organizing everything!

3. This is a totally bad trait to have but I seem to be a pesimist about everything. This drives my husband crazy, especially when I start with all the "what if" scenarios. My philosophy is, if I expect the worst than anything better than that will be a pleasant surprise and I won't be too devestated if the worst happens. I know... pretty lame huh? I am trying to get better and I am sure my husband will say I have improved quite a bit since we first got married... at least I would hope he thinks that.

4. I get motion sick real easily... which seems crazy since I love traveling and I was a gymnast and diver for years growing up (where I was constantly in the air and flipping all over the place). I hate rollercoasters and anything of that nature that goes around and around. Flying makes me sick so I have to drug up on Dramamine everytime. I also get sick in a car, unless I am sitting in the front seat watching the road. Don't ask me to read while I am a passenger in a car cause it won't happen. :) I also get sick on boats... just ask all the lovely people who had the opportunity to experience a boat ride with me in Hawaii, I don't think the fish have ever been fed so well in their lives!

5. Believe it or not, I have (had) a huge fear of public speaking. When I was in high school and in the singles ward I used to absolutely freak out when I was asked to give a presentation in class or give a talk in church. I would almost have anxiety attacks everytime I thought about getting up and giving a talk. From the minute I was asked until the minute I was done that was all I would think about and worry about. I would also break out into hives on my neck while speaking. The reason this is so strange to me now is because this is what I do for a living now. I am a college professor so I am speaking in public everyday. I have been teaching for 2 years now and to this day it still amazes my dad that I am a teacher. I can't tell you how many times I have heard him say... "I can't believe you are actually a teacher, out of all the professions in the world, I never thought you would do that"!

6. They still kind of give me the willies but not near as much as they used to, but I used to have a huge fear of needles! To give you just a brief idea of what I am talking about... I passed out (at the age of 16) when I got my ears double pierced because I thought about the fact that I had basically just had two shots in my ears. I used to get light headed walking into a doctor's office and seeing a jar of syringes on the table and there was no way I could watch any show on TV when they were showing a needle of any kind. I even told my mom as a teenager, that I was never going to have kids because I didn't want to have any shots or an epidural. My motto today is... "BRING ON THAT EPIDURAL - or in my case now with c-sections - BRING ON THAT SPINAL BLOCK"!! :)

7. The last thing that I am sure several people don't know about me, is that I used to be a springboard and platform diver. I dove for years (from the age of about 9 until I graduated high school). I used to compete in summer leagues when I was young and once I hit high school I competed year round...during the school season and then I was on the Jr. Olympic team during the spring and summer. I was also coached by several former olympic metalist (one of which came in 2nd behind Greg Louganis). I was offered several scholarships when I graduated high school but at that point I decided that I didn't want to be "owned" by a college team and that I wanted to pursue other things like... finding a husband! :)

So there you have it... some things that you might not have known about me! I now tag Anjane, Kasey and Savannah!

Just like Dad

It amazes me what little kids pick up on. Glen David just thinks his dad walks on water and wants to be just like him. I was on the computer yesterday and he came in wearing his dads basketball shoes holding a basketball. Then last night we put on his motocross pajamas and he found one of Glen Allen's helmets and put it on. This morning, the helmet was the first thing he found when he woke up and literally as I type, he is sitting on the couch in his motocross pajamas, wearing the helmet and watching cartoons. I am definitely in for it in a few years when he starts asking for a motorcyle, a wakeboard and a snowboard so he can go play with dad.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007


Last night Glen finally convinced me to take the family out to the motocross track in Queen Creek out by our house. He has been dying to ride the track for several months now so it was much awaited for him. I don't know if it was with the aid of my much needed Dr. Pepper fix or what but the evening actually turned out to be beautiful which was a pleasant surprise. I was a bit cranky at first as I was positive I was going to be sitting outside, sweating my brains out, while chasing one rascal, keeping the other entertained and praying Glen wouldn't kill himself! The night was short lived by the boys and I when Glen David decided to touch one of the hot pipes on the dirtbike. You would have thought he was dying by all the drama! After about 15 minutes of hearing Glen David scream in pain and Jaxon crying because he was hungry and tired, I decided to cash in on the track and let Glen finish riding with his buddy Brad. The night ended in about a solid hour and a half of Glen David screaming, "oowie, oowie, I want my daddy, oowie, oowie", while getting Jaxon ready for bed and praying that Glen would make it home in one piece without a phone call that he was in the ER! Luckily only one Glen had a battle wound from the evening and it wasn't the breadwinner, thank goodness!

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Durango, Colorado and the CRAZY Romneys!!

Can I just tell you how much I hate the Arizona heat?!? I knew I didn't like it but after spending the weekend in Colorado, I don't know how I handle 115 degrees for months at a time! We had such a great time and did I mention the beautiful weather?!? :) The Romney's (my mom's side of the family) had a reunion in Durango that has been long awaited. I haven't seen most of my cousins since my Junior year of high school when my grandpa passed away, so it was crazy to see everyone again, I almost didn't even recognize some of them! To give you an idea about what an adventure it was... there was about 75-80 people and about 25 of those were under the age of 3 staying in a lodge!! Let's just say, the Romney's definitely follow the "multiply and replenish" counsel! As one of the granddaughters, I was in charge of the planning and my "area of expertise" for this reunion was planning the activities. On Friday we all went to Durango Mountain Resort to do the alpine slides, mini golf, bungee trampoline, etc. As you can see, Glen David wasn't really fond of the bungee trampoline even though he kept saying, "I wanna jump on the trampopine!" After Durango mountain, Glen Allen took his other "baby" (not the dirtbike, but his truck) and did a little 4x4 with some of the cousins. Luckily the truck came back in one piece and no one had to dig them out! Then on Saturday we took the kids up to Silverton (about 50 miles outside of Durango) to walk around all the little shops, and we just happened to find the best funnel cakes around! Then that afternoon, we left the boys with grandma and grandpa and went white water rafting with about 25 of the cousins, aunts and uncles. It was an ABSOLUTE BLAST! The rapids were pretty lame but we made our own fun! The tour guides said they had never seen such a huge water fight last the entire stretch of the river! That night we had a family fireside/devotional that was really incredible and we ended the night with root beer floats and an apple pie carmel apple we got at the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory! It was delish! Then Sunday we made the 6 hour treck back to the blazing Arizona sun! (The last picture is my mom - in the pink and white - with all her siblings).

Happy Birthday to ME!

I am a little behind because we have been out of town all weekend so I am finally getting around to adding pictures. Last Thursday was my birthday... the BIG 27!! (yes, I am getting old!) It's sad to say that I am now considered to be in my late 20's! WOW! All in was a GREAT day! Glen Allen couldn't wait until my actual birthday to give me my presents so I got them the night before. He bought me these absolutely GORGEOUS roses, an iPod (my old one was stolen out of my car, but that is a whole different story), an iPod speaker box, and a collection of some of my favorite movies that I didn't have. On my actual birthday, I had to teach class bright and early at 7:00 am (which wasn't the ideal way to start off a birthday, but what could I do about it... I had to give a test to my students!) :). After class I went shopping with my sister-in-laws and mother-in-law which is always an adventure! We have a great time together. Then that night Glen took me to Outback for dinner and we ended off the night with a trip to the movies which is hard to come by now days with two kids. I was a little hesitant of Transformers, but it was actually a really good movie!

Friday, July 13, 2007

Growing up too fast!

Here is a picture I just took of Jaxon... he is getting so stinkin' big! He likes to sit up and watch everything that is going on around him, especially all the things that Glen is up to. I am sure before the end of the month he will be crawling which of course is a whole new ball game. We are heading to Durango Colorado next weekend for a Romney family reunion and I am just crossing my fingers that he is not crawling by then. I don't want to be chasing him around the lodge all day! Check out the gummy smile! I just melt everytime he smiles at me... even at 4:00 in the morning!

Monday, July 9, 2007

Do as I'm doing... follow, follow me!

And 1.. and 2... and 3... Jaxon is now in the stages of deciding to crawl. He gets up on his hands and toes and it looks like he is going to do push ups! Of course when Glen saw that we were pulling out the camera to take pictures of Jaxon's newest move, he wanted to be right there in the action as well!

Cancun, Mexico

Here are a few pictures from our trip. The one on the pier with the sunset behind us is on the coast of Cancun... we had just returned from scuba diving in Cozumel. Then we went to a place called Senor Frog's which is a restuarant by day and a crazy club by night! Glen's sign is fitting but I would have to disagree with mine! :) The last picture is a picture of the whole family on a party boat coming back from an island called Isla Mujeres. The trip was a blast (except for the humidity)!