Sunday, November 30, 2008
20 % of Americans finish their Christmas shopping on Christmas Eve, and 28% of Americans re-gift.
3 billion Christmas cards are sent annually in the United States. Just imagine how much money that is just for the postage. ( Plus I am hoping to receive more than my fair share of those Christmas cards. Hint- hint.)
While we are thinking numbers- you would receive 364 gifts if you were to receive every present in the 12 days of Christmas.
Thanks to the different time zones and rotation of the earth, Santa has 31 hours to deliver gifts. But to make it all the way around the world on Christmas, Santa must travel 650 mph; that is 3,000 times the speed of sound. Good thing his reindeer are quick and that Rudolph's nose doesn't require a plug in or batteries.
Friday, November 28, 2008
After the turkey and ham were consumed we had to burn off some energy. Jon and Sam did a great job entertaining us while they played a dozen rounds of air hockey with their mom, Rachel. With Jon jumping up and down and Sam's creative techniques it was just as much fun to watch as it is to play.
Friday, November 21, 2008
In fourth grade the students learn about supply and demand, or production and distribution. Something like that. Anyway- several times I was able to work with the class to produce an item to sell. I would go into the class with a simple project the kids could produce and sell during a special fund raising event. The classes would compete against each other. Needless to say each time I helped out my child's class out sold the other. One year we did these little Pilgrim and Indian guys. Another year we did Halloween figures of this same size. I cut the wood and supplied the paints and brushes and the kids provided the talent and creativity in painting. It was very fun for me and the kids were able to complete a cute product which always sold out.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
1- I learned how to swim in six days. Day one I could barely stay afloat doggy paddling. By day six I was diving off the high dive and doing back flips on the low dive.
2- I am 100% American. In that I love Disneyland, cherry pies, pizza, and chocolate.
3- I have yet to be able to count to one million, even though I have attempted a couple of times.
Please respond with your guesses. For every person who answers correctly by November 23rd I will send them a handwritten card via snail mail. (assuming I have your address of course) Handwritten greetings are is very rare now-a-days you know. Very rare and desirable.
I tag everyone who has not played this game yet. Tag- YOU are IT!
Sunday, November 16, 2008
this is them grumpy. or something along those lines
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
These are from Aaron and Amber's wedding day. July 16th, 2008. They are both in Japan now as Aaron has 3 years service in the Marines. Amber will be returning state-side this month. We do not know when she will be able to return at this time. Military rules and regulations are so confusing to me.
For those who have not heard the news. . . Amber is expecting. I do not know the due date or much else. We do plan on getting a shirt with 'made in Japan' written across the belly for Amber. It is the least we can do.
Bruce with Amryn and Rachel.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
These two came out after we had started, so we got some pictures of them too.
The digital camera we started with ran out of battery... so we had to use Andi's film camera that she happened to bring that day. It was very entertaining to take some pictures of these great guys while we were waiting for Rob and Jen. They were so nice and quite entertaining. This day was their last trip to the temple before flying out to Chile the following Monday. So I think it was great that we decided to do this. They are great boys and we wish them all the best on their missions and hope they are doing well.
Friday, November 7, 2008
Yes- I love Dr Pepper. It is my soda of choice. In the mornings I prefer Dole pina-colada juice mixed with grapefruit soda on the rocks and sipped from a straw. With lunch I love water with lots of ice. If I am eating raw carrots - a cup of milk is the perfect drink. ( Have you tried it? Munch some carrot then swallow with some milk. Yumm.) For all other occasions a Dr Pepper is the beverage which makes me happy. Over ice and served with a straw of course.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Here she is wearing a favorite dress of mine. On the day that Rachel was baptized I was able to get off work at the last minute and attend the baptism. My work uniform was not suitable to wear in a church so I purchased a dress and shoes for the occasion. The fastest shopping I have EVER done! That was 22 years ago. Even after I gave birth to Amanda I fit (barely) into this dress. I am proof that if you don't exercise and eat right your body fizzles after age 40.
of Amanda's beautiful long hair.
Ahh. Completely love struck after being kissed.