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Monday, June 30, 2008

My 200 Haves and Have Nots

I saw this on another blog and after Googling it, found that it originated here.

It's a list of 200 things. You are supposed to indicate if you've done them in your lifetime or not. My answers are in BLUE

1. Touched an iceberg
2. Slept under the stars
3. Been a part of a hockey fight
4. Changed a baby's diaper
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Swam with wild dolphins
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a tarantula
10. Said "I love you" and meant it
11. Bungee jumped'
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Stayed up all night long and watched the sun rise
15. Seen the Northern Lights
16. Gone to a huge sports game
17. Walked the stairs to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
19. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
20. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Bet on a winning horse
23. Taken a sick day when you're not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Taken an ice cold bath
28. Had a meaningful conversation with a beggar
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Ridden a roller coaster
31. Hit a home run
32. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
33. Adopted an accent for fun
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Felt very happy about your life, even for just a moment
36. Loved your job 90% of the time
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Watched wild whales
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Gone on a midnight walk on the beach
41. Gone sky diving
42. Visited Ireland (town)
43. Ever bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited India
45. Bench-pressed your own weight
46. Milked a cow
47. Alphabetized your personal files
48. Ever worn a superhero costume
49. Sung karaoke
50. Lounged around in bed all day
51. Gone scuba diving
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Done something you should regret, but don't
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Been in a movie
60. Gone without food for 3 days
61. Made cookies from scratch
62. Won first prize in a costume contest
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Been in a combat zone
65. Spoken more than one language fluently
66. Gotten into a fight while attempting to defend someone
67. Bounced a check
68. Read - and understood - your credit report
69. Recently bought and played with a favorite childhood toy
70. Found out something significant that your ancestors did
71. Called or written your Congress person
72. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
73. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
74. Helped an animal give birth
75. Been fired or laid off from a job
76. Won money
77. Broken a bone
78. Ridden a motorcycle
79. Driven any land vehicle at a speed of greater than 100 mph
80. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
81. Slept through an entire flight
82. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
83. Eaten sushi
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read The Bible cover to cover
86. Changed someone's mind about something you care deeply about
87. Gotten someone fired for their actions
88. Gone back to school
89. Changed your name
90. Caught a fly in the air with your bare hands
91. Eaten fried green tomatoes
92. Read The Iliad
93. Taught yourself an art from scratch
94. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
95. Apologized to someone years after inflicting the hurt
96. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
97. Been elected to public office
98. Thought to yourself that you're living your dream
99. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
100. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn't know you
101. Had a booth at a street fair
102. Dyed your hair
103. Been a DJ
104. Rocked a baby to sleep
105. Ever dropped a cat from a high place to see if it really lands on all four
106. Raked your carpet
107. Brought out the best in people
108. Brought out the worst in people
109. Worn a mood ring
110. Ridden a horse
111. Carved an animal from a piece of wood or bar of soap
112. Cooked a dish where four people asked for the recipe
113. Buried a child
114. Gone to a Broadway (or equivalent to your country) play
115. Been inside the pyramids
116. Shot a basketball into a basket
117. Danced at a disco
118. Played in a band
119. Shot a bird
120. Gone to an arboretum
121. Tutored someone
122. Ridden a train
123. Brought an old fad back into style
124. Eaten caviar
125. Let a salesman talk you into something you didn’t need
126. Ridden a giraffe or elephant
127. Published a book
128. Pieced a quilt
129. Lived in a historic place
130. Acted in a play or performed on a stage
131. Asked for a raise
132. Made a hole-in-one
133. Gone deep sea fishing
134. Gone roller skating
135. Run a marathon
136. Learned to surf
137. Invented something
138. Flown first class
139. Spent the night in a 5-star luxury suite
140. Flown in a helicopter
141. Visited Africa
142. Sang a solo
143. Gone spelunking
144. Learned how to take a compliment
145. Written a love-story
146. Seen Michelangelo’s David
147. Had your portrait painted
148. Written a fan letter
149. Spent the night in something haunted
150. Owned a St. Bernard or Great Dane
151. Ran away
152. Learned to juggle
153. Been a boss
154. Sat on a jury
155. Lied about your weight
156. Gone on a diet
157. Found an arrowhead or a gold nugget
158. Written a poem
159. Carried your lunch in a lunchbox
160. Gotten food poisoning
161. Gone on a service, humanitarian or religious mission
162. Hiked the Grand Canyon
163. Sat on a park bench and fed the ducks
164. Gone to the opera
165. Gotten a letter from someone famous
166. Worn knickers
167. Ridden in a limousine
168. Attended the Olympics
169. Can hula or waltz
170. Read a half dozen Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys books
171. Been stuck in an elevator
172. Had a revelatory dream
173. Thought you might crash in an airplane
174. Had a song dedicated to you on the radio or at a concert
175. Saved someone’s life
176. Eaten raw whale
177. Know how to tat, smock or do needlepoint
178. Laughed till your side hurt
179. Straddled the equator
180. Taken a photograph of something other than people that is worth framing
181. Gone to a Shakespeare Festival
182. Sent a message in a bottle
183. Spent the night in a hostel
184. Been a cashier
185. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
186. Joined a union
187. Donated blood or plasma
188. Built a campfire
189. Kept a blog
190. Had hives
191. Worn custom made shoes or boots
192. Made a PowerPoint presentation
193. Taken a Hunter’s Safety Course
194. Served at a soup kitchen
195. Conquered the Rubik’s cube
196. Know CPR
197. Ridden in or owned a convertible
198. Found a long lost friend
199. Helped solve a crime
200. Responded to a NJP newsletter

That's it! I've done more than I thought!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Our Father's Day Picture

The kids and I took this picture as a Father's day gift for Keith. He has asked me for a picture for his desk. So that's what he got! lol We actually got some fairly decent pictures of us. The kids are at an age when picture taking isn't too stressful.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Kevin Square Dancing

Kevin and the entire second grade had a square dancing and western songs performance yesterday. Here's Kevin doing his part...

He starts off with his back to you. He is wearing his hat backwards (the star is behind him).

Yes this video is just under four minutes long... Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Here They Are

So wow! I have really been neglecting this blog. Imagine my shock when I finally realized that my last "real" post was on Valentine's day! So much has gone on. Birthdays amongst them! Here is a "recent" picture of each one of them. I will work on getting some photo albums (online of course) put together and some commentary to got with it. Keith got me a camera for my birthday. It is a cute little thing about the size of my phone. I've been taking a lot of pictures lately.

Let's see if I can't update you with more recent happenings. All the kids got Strep Throat, so that took us out for about a month. Michaela missed a whole week of school and the boys missed about half a week. Kevin ended up getting an allergic reaction to the antibiotics, so he was out of commission for a few more days. We had been back and forth to the doctor so many times, that by the time McKenna got it (she was the last to get it), the doctor didn't even want to see her. The doctor just called in the prescription sight unseen. We've spent a fortune on doctor co-pays and medications. I'm just glad they're all healthy now.

School is over next week. Summer vacation is just over two months long and they all go back mid-August. I am very excited! Just today we found out that our school is going to switch to full-time Kindergarten. I*CAN'T*WAIT! McKenna will be in preschool. I'll have three days of no kids. I have been toying with the idea of going back to school, getting a part-time job, or really putting in some serious time into my Stampin' Up! Business. What's a girl to do??? The part-time job would be nice financially, but I want to be able to still volunteer in the kids' classrooms. Maybe concentrating on Stampin' Up! is what I need instead of a part-time job. The money's there. I just need to work at it.

Well, it's late. I'll try to work on the albums in the next day or two. Until then!


Here is a shot of Kevin that I really like. I took this one of him at the park while we were watching for Michaela to finish up her tap class.


This is Michaela at the end of April. She had just come back from her tap class.


Here's Kyle at the end of April. He's become so grown up it seems!


Here's a picture of McKenna from the beginning of May. She's wearing her fleece jacket because it was actually clod back then!

Friday, February 29, 2008

Barbie Bandaids

So with the kids' birthday's coming up, I can't believe how fast the time has gone by. I heard this song today for the first time and thought it was a wonderful song. Check it out when you have a chance and you'll understand what I'm talking about. Get a tissue ready.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day 2008!

Here is the kids' annual Valentine picture! I was supposed to make Valentine's cards and send them out this year. These were to be in lieu of the New Year's Cards that were to be in lieu of the Christmas Cards. Oh well, I still have St. Patrick's Day and Easter...

Anyway, we are going to have our Valentine's dinner tonight. This year to go along with our tradition of Valentine's dinner, we are starting something new. Karensa and Paul sent us cake mix, frosting, cake decor and a heart shaped cake pan. She said that Grandma Fischer used to make a heart shaped cake for her kids every year. Karensa thought it would be a fun tradition to carry on. So, in honor of Grandma Fischer and Karensa, we are having a heart shaped cake for dessert!

We are having some weird weather. The weekend was glorious at temps in the 80s. Here it is Thursday and it is gloomy, cold, rainy and in the 50s. It is a cold cold SoCal day!

Well, I think I am off for now. Off to bake a cake!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

I Know It's Been Awhile!

So yes, it's been a long time. I've been very busy. Just life. Running around with the kids. Karen, my mother-in-law, was with us for two nice weeks. I just have been busy busy. I've been busy with lots of Stamping related stuff. I went to the Stampin Up Regionals that was held in Anaheim and next weekend I am headed back to Anaheim for the Craft & Hobby Association Show. This is a huge show were all things crafty are shown. A lot of craft companies debut their new product lines here. It's huge! Anyway. Here are some pictures to tide you over a bit. One of the girls. And one of me. I cut about 12" from my hair. This is what I'm looking like these days...

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Check out this cool contest!

A Cowboy’s Wife is having a contest on her food blog! You can win a Hamilton Beach® Stand Mixer and she’ll ship anywhere so everyone is eligible!

The Prize:

Hamilton Beach 4.5-qt. Eclectrics Stand Mixer, Pineapple Yellow

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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Happy Blog Birthday! - Custom comment codes for MySpace, Hi5, Friendster and more

Our blog is officially three years old! I started this blog December 30, 2004. I didn't get my Christmas cards out in time that year, so I started the blog to have a way to show family members the Christmas picture I took.

In 2004, Kevin was 4 years 8 months, Michaela was 2 years 9 months (McKenna's age now) and Kyle was 14 months. I was pregnant with McKenna. We were in Lake Forest and none of the kids were in school! The time has flown by.

I went back and read some of my older posts and it was really fun to read. This blogging thing is a great way to record memories!

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Merry Christmas!

Our Family
Christmas 2007

Here is this year's family picture. This is all of us before heading to the Children's Mass on Christmas Eve. It was the first time in several years that we didn't attend Midnight Mass all together. We decided (Maria, Keith and I) that the kids would probably enjoy the Children's Mass instead.

We, of course, spent Christmas at Mom and Dad's. They had their annual Christmas party that was filled with the usual family and friends. The kids, 13 in all (under age 8), had fun running around and playing together. The kids only get together like this once or twice a year, but each year they pick up were they left off.

My sister, Maria, and her kids came on Saturday evening. On Sunday, we spent the day at the Wild Animal Park. We had fun walking round seeing all the animals and when it got dark, we got to enjoy the Festival of Lights the Park puts on every year.

Monday was pictures, Mass and then we took a walk around Christmas Card Lane. Christmas Card Lane is a local neighborhood in which almost everyone in the entire neighborhood has some kind of Christmas display. It is very lively every night with hundreds of visitors. We are lucky to live so close to something so fun! As we walked all the kids saw a class mate or two. Even I saw some moms from school.

Well, I know that was a brief synopsis, but I'll try to post more pictures soon.