We're livin' it up on the U.P. - that's Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Punkie is 6 and LOVED Kindergarten! Isaboo is 2 and she's a smiley whirl wind. We also call her Busy-Isi. This year we welcomed little Lorenzo to our family.

Life is great!

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Ultrasound

I know, I know it's been a few weeks since we had the ultrasound. I had to get the printouts scanned in and then adjust them so I could post them. And I've been having a really hard time getting them to post normally. So, here they are finally!

This is my favorite one! This is her profile. You can see two of her very healthy heart ventricles.




Apparently, this one shows it's a girl!


This shows her Popeye arm!


Here are her cute little feet!

Friday, December 28, 2007

Never Alone

Have your heard this song? I love it! It's by Jim Brickman and sung by Sara Evans. I had a moment with this song...the first time I heard it. I don't expect everyone to understand the full impact it had on me...but, it was cool and still brings tears to my eyes and lump in my throat.

There was a time this past year that I was really worried about Nathan. He was working at a job that was not good for his health and safety. On top of that he was having problems regulating his blood sugar levels and kept having dangerous lows. We couldn't figure out why. This one particular day he was sick with a cold (which can cause unexpected lows too)...it was a Saturday morning and I was letting him sleep in as I set out to do our laundry. We had to have quarters to do our laundry and we were fresh out.

I can't remember all the details of the morning but, I was stressed out about going to find quarters somewhere. I'm pretty sure it was snowing too! I went to Smith's and they wouldn't give me quarters. They said they couldn't because their change is automatically dispensed by those coin machines. They have to fill those things up with change...they couldn't get me a roll of quarters for a ten dollar bill?!? I could understand if they were super busy but it was early Saturday morning and I WAS THE ONLY CUSTOMER IN THE WHOLE STORE! I was even willing to buy some gum or something too. I was so annoyed.

After stopping at two gas stations, I thought the third one was a long shot but, went in and asked the lady and she was thankfully, really nice and let me trade my ten dollars for a roll of quarters.

It wasn't just the quarters...it was a number of things I was stressed out about that morning...but, mostly I was worried about Nathan. I felt kind of alone. As I drove home I was praying that I could know that everything was going to be alright, and that I could feel the love of Heavenly Father, and that I could know that we weren't alone in these struggles that were overwhelming me at that moment.

Then this song came on...I don't even know why I was listening to it from the start but the whole song was sung to me, through the radio, just for me. I got back to our apartment before the song ended but sat in the car to hear the rest of it. I cried the whole time. I was trying to remember the lyrics so I could find the song on the internet.

I couldn't find it at first but, eventually did with Nathan's help...who didn't even hear the song and then I downloaded it.

Here are the lyrics I got from Jim Brickman's site:

Never Alone

May the angels protect you
Trouble neglect you
And heaven accept you when its time to go home
May you always have plenty
The glass never empty
Know in your belly
You're never alone

May your tears come from laughing
You find friends worth having
As every year passes
They mean more than gold
May you win and stay humble
Smile more than grumble
And know when you stumble
You're never alone

Chorus:
Never alone
Never alone
I'll be in every beat of your heart
When you face the unknown
Wherever you fly
This isn't goodbye
My love will follow you stay with you
Baby you're never alone

I have to be honest
As much as I wanted
I’m not gonna promise that cold winds won't blow
So when hard times have found you
And your fears surround you
Wrap my love around you
You're never alone

Chorus

My love will follow you stay with you
Baby you're never alone

So when hard times have found you
And your fears surround you
Wrap my love around you
You're never alone

Ahhhh! I love it. It's a tender mercy!

Jeanna requested a link to listen to the song...I found one but, you have to download Rhapsody. I did it to make sure it works and it took less than a minute and it's free. Do it! It's worth it!

http://play.rhapsody.com/jimbrickman/escape/neveralone?didAutoplayBounce=true

I hope it works for you!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Are You A Morning Person?

I am. I have a hard time staying up late. When I do, I usually have a headache for most of the next morning. I guess it usually depends on for what reason I am staying up. The reason usually does have an affect on how I feel the next morning. It's even harder to stay up late while pregnant.

Something usually wakes me up right about 5:50am. I go back to sleep until about 6:10 and then get up and get ready. I don't like the sound of random noises waking me up so it's nice that my body or my eyes or something just wakes me up in the morning. And it's nice that it's pretty consistent on what time. However, today whatever that thing is that wakes me up....hoodwinked me!

Although it is much harder to get up and get out of my warm bed during the winter months...Today, I got up an hour early without realizing it. I got up, got showered, got dressed, did my hair, did my make up, harassed my husband who was still trying to sleep, etc. I even looked at the clock about 6 times during all of that and didn't realize!

Then when I was all ready, I woke Nathan up, so I could tell him I love him and tell him goodbye. He looked at me? He looked at the clock? And then looked at me again..."Are you going to work early today?" I looked at the clock, studied it for a moment and then rolled my eyes. How annoying! I layed on my bed for a minute and then decided I'd make myself an nice breakfast and then just go to work early and try to MAYBE get off a little early.

My husby is definitely a night owl. He's not grumpy in the morning though...not to me...even though I lay on him and harass him, and try talk to him, which means he has to open his eyes so he can read my lips AND I have to be right in his face so he can see my lips. However, I think he might be grumpy to others...

The first time I met his sister Jill, she managed to ask him, "Are you still really grumpy in the morning?" He just looked at her like, "What? Me? Grumpy in the morning?" and then that look quickly changed to a very similar look, "WHY would you bring something like that up, randomly, in front of my girlfriend?!?!" I thought it was pretty funny!

Monday, December 17, 2007

Wicked


I love the music from the musical Wicked. I love the whole idea surrounding this play....basically, it is a preclude to the 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wicked_(musical). It's the story of how the wicked witch of the west became the wicked witch of the west!!! I've always liked the Wizard of Oz and I love broadway shows! So...

The play has intrigued me ever since I heard of it. I was an EFY counselor at BYU for 5 weeks in the summer of 2005 and at EVERY talent show the song "Popular" was performed. I asked one of the counselors, that was incharge of the talent show pretty steadily throughout the summer, about this song and he said that every talent show audition had AT LEAST 4 girls auditioning to singing "Popular" but they could only pick one per week. All of the ones they picked were really good!

I found out the song "Popular" was from a play called Wicked. The title alone intrigued me. I love the word wicked and tried to get it to catch on as a slang word in high school...but it was spelled with a "y" "wycked." I think it WAS a slang word for awhile in the 90's but, wasn't started by me....and it wasn't with a "y".

Anyway, I found out my cousin Amy had the novel Wicked (originally a novel, published in 1995; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wicked_(novel)). I didn't read it because I was in school at the time and didn't have much time for recreational reading. But, my sister borrowed it from her and read it, and she really liked it. I think I'd like to read now!

I finally got the music, from a friend, for my birthday this year and have been listening to it ever since. Not constantly, of course, but, I REALLY like it. As I have listened to the music and have gotten the gist of the story, I have had a lot of questions.

My sister-in-law, Jill, convinced her mother and a few other ladies on the Freitas side of the family to drive down to LA just to see Wicked. I wish I had invited myself. They had a great time. But, since THEY had seen it I asked my mother-in-law some questions and she filled in some blanks for me. She didn't want to reveal too much though and spoil it for me...which I appreciated. The information she gave me though made me even more curious.

So, I have asked Julie some questions too! Remember, she read the book....she revealed a little more...but, again, not too much.

Well, last week I was listening to the music and wanted SO BADLY to SEE IT!! I googled "Summary of Wicked" and found a good synopsis and learned even more! (Here is the synopsis site http://mercy_bell.tripod.com/wickedsynopsis.html).


There are parts of the website that tell more detail and they are clearly marked "Spoiler" and when they are done revealing too much, it says "end of spoiler" and goes on with the synopsis. I wanted to read the spoilers because I want to know the whole story!!! But, I also like the element of surprise in movies and shows, etc.

I did break down and read one of the spoilers though. And my inference is that the spoilers have to do with elements that link the stories (The Wizard of Oz and Wicked). SO COOOOL!!!!!! I think the spoilers have to do with other things too though, just relating to the Wicked story...things that are inferred in the play and maybe not revealed until the end of the play...I don't know, but I like the idea!
I REALLY have to hold myself back from looking too far into it because I've looked at pictures from the musical and of course looked up other information online...but, I don't know if I want it spoiled. I want to be excited the whole time I watch it and surprised, etc. But, I just like it so much that I just want to know all about it! So, take the survey to the right and tell me if I should read all the spoilers or not...
My cousin Amy just saw it in LA on Saturday....I'm starting to feel like I'm going to be the last one, on planet earth, to see it.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

WHAT THE!!!!

cash advance

DANG IT!!! HOW DO THEY RATE THIS!?!?! SO, MUCH FOR MY COLLEGE EDUCATION!

Monday, December 10, 2007

Self Appointed Vending Machine Inventory Observer

My first year at BYU I had a ritual before my Book of Mormon class. I would go to the Spencer W. Kimball Tower (SWKT) vending machines, purchase a fudge bar (yummy cool treat, zero fat and only $.50), and then go to the Joseph Smith Building (JSB) and eat my fudge bar while I studied for my Book of Mormon quiz. That was THE ONLY vending machine ritual (habit) I have ever had.

The thing I've bought the most from vending machines is WATER (besides those two semesters of a fudge bar every Monday, Wednesday and Friday), when you're thirsty and there are no decent sources of water around...you just gotta get a water from the vending machine....if it's a dollar or less..it is SO worth it!

As a personal rule/decision I don't really eat from vending machines...oh sure I've bought the occasional candy bar or soda in those times of desperation, that I'm sure we have all experienced at times. But, in general, I try my very hardest to avoid buying food from vending machines. The foods in vending machines are usually high in fat and in most cases the food costs 5-10-15 cents more in vending machines than in the store.

Despite this personal standard, it does not keep me from visiting the vending machine at work at LEAST twice a week. Let me explain....

We used to have a really stupid vending machine at work. It only had about ten choices of food (candy or chips) and about 4-5 choices for soda and they were in the can. Not much variety and you could not see how many of the items where left. There were display chambers that showed you what was available but, the inventory was unseen. What it if you were debating on buying that bag of chips? And after much pondering and weighing of the fat content against the desire to crunch on something salty you went to purchase them and BAM!!! GONE!!!

The up side was that it was maintained by one of the employees wives and she got everything at Costco and so the prices were reasonable (comparable to deals at grocery stores, etc). The downside of THAT...I imagine the items where sold out a lot. She only came once a week and with how many people that work where I work...I can't imagine there wasn't much left when she returned to restock.

Well, that employee is no longer working here and shortly after he left, they got their crappy vending machine out of here. We had no vending services for about 2-3 weeks. I don't know what customer service did!?!?! I think they are the major consumers of the vending machines (not based on scientific data...just observance when I have been in the break room and seen whomever is buying from the vending machine). During that 2-3 weeks of no vending machine...

I WISHED so badly that I had money to go buy two vending machines. I'm convinced that if I had that money and my company allowed me to be their vending service....I could have worked only 2-3 days a week and been making the same amount of money...I could quit my job!!! But, I wouldn't quit my job because then I wouldn't have medical benefits but, I'd have a second income, equally as good as my current income...if not better!!!

Now we have TWO vending machines with an AMAZING amount of variety!!! Not maintained by me!! Dang!

But, back to my comment above: Despite my personal standard of not eating from vending machines, it doesn't keep me from visiting the vending machine at work at LEAST twice a week....

I am The Self Appointed Vending Machine Inventory Observer. I really enjoy just going and seeing what's in there. I like to keep track or see what runs out first....you know...what are the popular items!?!?! Items change places though...so you have to stay on top of regularly observing. I used to report this information to my supervisor but, she had a baby (on maturnity leave) and she knew me well enough to know that I'm not crazy just curious.

It's not an easy job. It takes great dedication (regular observance) and self control (sticking to my standard). One week they had my most favorite chips, Miss Vickie's Jalapeno Chips (spicy, crunchy and no transfat!). Lucky for me, they went fast, a popular item...I'm not surprised. Also, lucky for me I only had 60 cents and they are 75 cents. They ALWAYS have those little Coconut Crumb Donuts that come in a little package of six donuts. If I was a consumer of vending machine products....THOSE donuts would me my number one purchase...the first purchase of everyday. But, again, lucky for me I'm not a vending machine consumer and again, only have 60 cents and they are 90 cents. (over priced!!!!)

Anyway, I guess you could say I'm obsessed with observing the vending machine and refuse to ever buy the high fat, over priced items therein. I guess my obsession may really lie with people...and what they like to consume.

I am also the self appointed Time Clock...but, that's a whole nother story! (Is "nother" a word? Wow!)



















Wow! I could not find a picture of the Coconut Crumb Donuts but, I found this recipe I'm going to try in the VERY near future! Check it out, if you like the Coconut Crumb Donuts!

http://www.living-foods.com/recipes/crumbdonuts.html

Saturday, December 8, 2007

The Jimmy Chunga Show (What?!? What about Mister West?)

I'm so bummed!!!! Every morning I listen to The Chunga & Mister Show on 101.9 THE END. Well, Mister has been gone since Monday. They just keep saying "Mister has the day off." Turns out that upper management didn't renew his contract.

Jimmy Chunga and Mister West have been friends and associates for 20 years. They have been doing this morning show together for the past 7-8 years at least. When I moved to Utah in '99 it was the Chunga and Marcus show. Marcus got abruptly fired for doing something the station didn't agree with (he was kind of a rebel and an idiot)...that's all they said, no details but it seemed like a little scandle. Marcus shortly ended up on another radio station...I can't remember which one, and I'm not sure if he is still on.

I have always thought that Chunga and Mister balanced each other out so well...and represented Utahns in the Salt Lake and Utah Valleys. Chunga runs the show and is a very funny aspiring actor. He can do A LOT of really good impressions of people and characters. Chunga gets inappropriate sometimes and (by good assumption) he was raised LDS but, is not active. He knows EVERYTHING about the culture and is far from anti. Mister is a journalist and reported on the Top News Stories and Hollywood Headlines. He also reported on the Really Stupid News. Mister is an active member of the church and was pretty good at letting Chunga be funny and even laughing with him...but, was good at moving on when he was getting out of hand. They are kind of the odd couple. Crazy zanny free spirit and a straight arrow.

I got my mom hooked on Chunga and Mister when I carpooled to BYU with her. She didn't like it at first, but it didn't take long for her to LOVE IT! I'm not even exagerating. She still listens even when I'm not in the car. Then when they said they were going to finally explain where Mister has been (because listeners were getting suspicious) my mom WAITED IN THE CAR even after she got to work to find out. Then she said she wanted to cry! I wanted to cry too. My mom was going to email me right way about this, but when she opened her email...I had already emailed her to tell her the news.

I had also emailed my husband about it. His response was, "I don't think I could care less. I'm not really a talk show person." I knew that but, I responded by saying, "I know. I just thought you should know why your wife is suddenly so depressed." It was sad and the feeling was similar to, if my own husband got layed off! What is Mister going to do?

Well, I've given it some thought. They didn't give much details, of course. It's an internal matter and the station would probably like to keep it that way. But, Chunga said that though he is VERY sad that Mister is now longer with him on the show, there are no black cats in this situation, which sounds like the station may have offered Mister a new contract and Mister, for whatever reason, didn't accept it. Maybe he wanted more money. Maybe he just doesn't want to do the show anymore...he teaches the Deacons on Sunday. Maybe he wants to get back into doing real news and journalism.

I like to think it was Mister's decision to leave for all of above listed reasons and more. Chunga illuded to the fact that the station probably gave him compensation...a lot of people that called in were upset that the station would do this right in the midst of the holidays. Heck, if the station gave him compensation and he gets to spend more time with his family for the holidays...it's a blessing. Even though I don't think he was away from his family all that much.

And the show goes on. I'm scared for who will replace him. If it's someone annoying or stupid or TOTALLY inappropraite...despite how much I like Chunga, I won't listen. I'm coping. There is still the question...why mess with a good thing? Which once again leads me to think that it was Mister's choice to move on.