Thursday, February 28, 2008

Meet The Cullens...

I really am utterly and completely excited for the film. I might just die!

Colour me addicted.

It's gotten to that point. I'm addicted.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008


Today is my one year bloggerversary! How exciting! I challenge you to go back and read and pick an early post to comment on. Go on. Me dares ya!

Word of The Week will continue when I get home from being social.

The word will be 'stoater'... can you guess what it means?

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

I'm a picture takin' maniac!

Today I took some pictures of my friend, Aileen. She's 7 months pregnant and doesn't know if she's having a boy (Brock) or a girl (Karlie)...

I'm really happy with how they turned out. It's the first time I've taken pictures like this and she's a great model.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Few and far between...

My posts are becoming a little more sparse but look how pretty my page is! I've been busy and pictures to prove it.

Saturday= Friend day/Movie night.
Sunday = Danielle's 19th birthday.
I got up nice and on time to make cupcakes for Yeller (Danielle) and planned to decorate them in a surprising way. I then decided not to do that. I was certain Yell would love to decorate them. I was right.
The red frosting looked a lot like blood...
It's only a flesh wound.
She missed her mum and dad a lot.
Then she opened her present's.
And I made dinner.
Then we played Wheel Of Fortune. I'm brilliant at it.
After cupcake decorating, gift opening, cooking, wheel of fortuning and all the rest of it Stuart remembered one of the reasons I really wanted a new camera... LIGHT SHOWS! This kept us entertained until the batteries died.

Monday = Girl's day.
A few of us girlies went over to the wonderful Sandra's house for girl's day. She was baking a bajillion star shaped sugar cookies for YW New Beginnings and I watched - other's helped. Then we killed two large pizza's between the four of us. We hung and out and nattered for a while then went our seperate ways.

When I got home Stuart arrived shortly afterwards, we had lunch then went to Walmart to buy cleaning supplies. Yuck. It's all good though. We got a toilet block to help keep the loo clean and there's a big difference from having it there just for the night. I'm ready to be done thinking about all the clean we have to do. It's seriously stressing me out.

At Walmart we bough a few little boxes of sweeties and planned on having movie night, just the two of us but as we were getting ready to start the phone rang. Movie Night didn't happen and I went to bed in a bad mood - stubbing my toe on a giant shoe in the dark was the final straw and with all the stress I happily cried myself to sleep.

It's a busy week this week.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

I've been DOUBLE tagged!

First by Chiemi and then by Ciaobella. Dang. I'm going to do them both right now. I didn't realise everyone/two people thought I was so interesting. I'm changing the questions a bit so you don't get bored with my answers.

7 Facts about me:

*I used to be really good about making one new recipe per week. I don't do so much now but I used to and it's something I'll start doing again.

*I cut my knuckle last week on a tin can. It still hurts even though the scab is almost gone.

*I like cheesey music. It reminds me of Beki. I love it. Some of my best memories are getting ready for youth dances with Beki and dancing about and singing to Nsync whilst getting dressed or when said cheesiness came on at a youth dance and people would refuse to dance to it. Beki and I would be there boogying and singing along.

*I wish I was a little more like
Beki. Fertile. No! Just kidding. I can't pin point what it is about her that I'd like in myself. She's kind of a bad ass but she's so loving, kind and protective of me. She doesn't let herself get bullied. She's a part of me. Stuart learned early on that Beki and Laura are a two-fer. He loves her and she loves him which is something I LOVE. My two favorite people. We all love each other! Yaay!

*I try to live every day with 'No Regrets' and encourage everyone else to try it too. No Regrets.

*I don't have a drivers license and didn't have one in Scotland either.

*I bully everyone into making blogs. Faith, Sarah, Beki, Stuart, Danielle, Mandy... Everyone thanks me for bullying so-and-so into making a blog. I love it.

Four jobs I would like to have:
1. Photographer.
2. Therapist.
3. Boutique owner.
4. Wedding planner.

Four movies I would (or have) watch over and over:
1. Tommy Boy.
2. The Italian Job.
3. Breakfast at Tiffany's.
4. Monster's inc.

Four places I have practically lived:
1. I spent a lot of time in Largs when I was younger.
2. Montrose Beach.
3. At the end of last year I was very happy in Lehi.
4. Dream land.

Four TV Shows that I watch:
1. Project Runway.
2. Pushing Daisies.

3. Jon and Kate plus 8.
4. Little People, Big World.

Four places I have been:
1. Outside to watch the Lunar eclipse last night.
2. Everywhere Liam's been through his World Tour travel blog.
3. The Redwoods.
4. Johnny Carino's.

People who email me (regularly):
1. My Dad.
2. Kara.
3. Bill - my family history pal.
4. Today I got one from the UK Lottery. I WON!

Four of my favorite foods:
1. Spaghetti bolognese.
2. Ritz crackers.
3. This.
4. Cake. Any kind really. Rachel makes an amazing chocolate chippy bunt thing. MMM!

Four places I would rather be right now:
1. With Beki.
2. With Rachel and her cake.
3. With Kara watching Project Runway.
4. With Stuart somewhere hot.

Four Things I am looking forward to in 2008:
1. Adventures. Disneyland.
2. Not being in Rexburg but I will miss my friends. A lot.
3. Reproducing perhaps.
4. BBQ's, fireworks, 7/11 day... Summertime!

I'm not tagging anyone just now because I'm scared of being tagged back again.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Word of the Week!

Word: Ginger or ginge.

Someone with red hair is said to be ginger. Ginger hair is seen as a curse in Scotland and people with it will say they have red/strawberry blonde hair instead of admitting to being ginger - like my mum.

"The worst thing it is possible to have. It is believed to have originated when some Egyptian god or other decided that bad people deserved to have a ridiculous
colour hairdo. When shaved can often be mistaken for a Scotch egg."

"Yer maw's a ginge AND she huz ginger freckles!" "Shut it!"

Disclaimer: I ofcourse have no problem with ginger people.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

The Summer Plan.

I've had so much going on that I don't remember if I've even posted about this yet. I think I'm actually losing my mind. I've been calling people by different names and keep losing things.

Anyway, the summer plan is this:

We're heading back to Seattle for the summer and this time we're moving out of our apartment here instead of keeping it ( I remember mentioning this now). We need to save as much money as possible for next year and the 4 after it. I'm not going to be able to work a normal job because of my back so I'm not going to be helping out financially much. Stuart also needs to renew his drivers license in Washington...

I'm going to get stuff together to sell in Laurie's online boutique. I think I want to start getting a photography portpolio built up... that has nothing to do with this summer.

It gets harder and harder to not live on our own. I'm really feeling the stress of it this time. It might have something to do with my dizzy spells. I'm nervous about the move and being home the whole time while Stuart works. I have a routine here, a washer and drier, my bed and cutlery and independance. I'll miss all my stuff and all my friends. I'm scared.

I'll also not get for free when we move. That's pretty sad. We get all those family history sites for free through the school.

Stuart will work probably at Jansport.

His family have been planning a big DisneyLand trip for as long as I can remember. That'll be taking place in August. We'll be tagging along. I'm excited about it. I've never been to DisneyLand before.

A while ago I'd been trying to convince Stuart to take me to California but we couldn't afford it. Eventually I want to go and visit Alcatraz, Pier 39 (sealions), Hollywood boulevard, Grauman's Chinese Theatre, The Golden Gate Bridge... I want to see stuff.

I'm not sure I'll make a summer list this year.

Back on the Blogging Pony!

It feels like I haven't properly blogged in a while. I've been quite addicted to ye olde Family History for the fast couple weeks again. I go through phases of absolute addiction. Right now I think I'm coming to the end of a phase. Bill, my family history buddy/distant cousin found what he needed for his Jean Faulds/John Porter line yesterday. It was really exciting. I think I'll be ok breaking from it now.

Valentine's Day:
I made a delicious dinner - and made Kara jealous in my cheekies. The picture isn't going to do it justice. (I'll add it in when I'm done typing.)

We had dinner and watched No Reservations, our Valentine's movie from Stuart's mum. It was a nice film. I started to feel not so good after dinner - I wasn't poisoned, don't worry. I think I'd been standing too long in a hot kitchen with a sore back.

Stuart's present didn't arrive until Friday.

Stuart made Danielle her birthday dinner. It was really good. He made her the blackened chicken alfredo that he still hasn't posted the recipe for. Hopefully after this he'll do it.
If you bombard him with comments on his abandoned blog I'm sure he'll give in a post the recipe. He added my stuffed mushroom's to the meal this time around. YUM!
Stuart's presents arrived just after dinner. I made him a little scavenger hunt to find it. It was fun.

When we took Danielle home we stopped at Walmart to get some Valentine's candy for a little package I'm putting together for my mum and Beki. I had a dizzy spell and had to leave before I was done looking. Sad.

Stuart tried to salvage Valentine's night by taking me out to lunch and then we planned to go in to Idaho Falls for the day. After lunch at Bajio we went into Deseret Book - next door to Bajio and I had another dizzy spell and had to come home. Extra sad. I took a bath and went to take a nap. I woke up at 5.30pm leaving no time for Idaho Falls adventures.
Stuart went to get some Doritos for nachos to eat whilst we watched Super Mario Bros - one of his Valentine's gifts.
He made the nachos and I set up the livingroom and Valentine's Day was saved.

I sat through the full 3 hours of church. I think the weather really affects my back. It's been getting warmer and my back's feeling ok.

This day had been set aside for weeks as Danielle's Day. We went into Idaho Falls and stopped at the mall. Then we went to Jonny Carino's. YUM! We had Pepperjack Fondue as a starter. It was so good. Then I had my baked cheese tortelloni's. So good. Mmmm mmm mm!

We came home and Dani and Stu played video games whilst I indulged in the addiction to find that Bill had found what he was looking for. It was a good day.

Today I'm planning on going out and taking some pictures with my new camera. It's nice and sunny outside and it's meant to get warmer. I really hope this means winter's done cursing us.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Family History roadblock.

My family history buddy and I are stuck.

We're working on the line of John Porter (b. abt 1840 Johnstone, Scotland - d. 14 November 1917 Australia.) and Mary Campbell Barr (b. 17 Jan 1848 Kilwinning, Scotland - d. 9 August 1927 Wallsend, NSW, Australia.) They were married 22 July 1864.

We're struggling with John's parents - John Porter and Jean Faulds. We've got some dates but not enough to make a proper connection.

I'm hoping this will come up in a google search and that someone with the information we need will leave me a cheeky or email me.

The Sun has got his hat on!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

What's for dinner?

Stuffed mushrooms,
Steak and peanut butter sauce,
onion rings,
honey roast carrots,
garlic mashed potatoes...

Jealous much?

4 months old

Daisy and Willow are almost 4 months old now. These pictures were taken today.

Willow, Beki and DaisyDaisy

I want one.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Word of the Week!


Definition: To have no money ie. What I am right now.

"Ah couldna pay the windy-cleaner. Ah wiz skint."
I couldn't pay the window cleaner. I had no money.)

"Whit dae ye meant yer
skint? Did ye no jist git yer dole?"
(What do you mean you have no money? Did you not just get your unemployment money?)

I have a black belt in Family History research.

The last couple of days it didn't snow. Today when I peeked out it was a full on blizzard but that's ok. It didn't snow the last couple of days and I actually left the house. Twice!

Yesterday I spent almost all day doing family history. It's been really exciting. I got an email from a man in Australia asking about Mary Campbell Barr on my family tree. The connection is there and he sent me a picture of her and her husband, John Porter along with a little history.

"Mary Campbell Barr married John Porter July 22 1864. She was only 16. They
had two children born in Kilwinning, Scotland and sailed to Australia Aug
25 1868 and arrived in Melbourne, Australia in November 1868. John was 25 and
Mary aged 20. John was a miner. They had 12 children.

Mary was baptised
into the Salvation Army and the picture I'll send you, when magnified closer you
will see John has a salvation army jumper on. Mary was also pregnant in the
photo. It's the only pic I have and that came from a photocopy. Mary and John's
first child James, is my great grandfather."

It's all so exciting to me! I love feeling the connection to ancestors but I'm not such a fan of the sleepless nights I have with all the names running through my head. Today I'm taking a little break to focus on my living family. I've got a few little projects I need to get done that don't involve being in front of the computer...

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Ignore the insanity...

I'm trying to change my blog and some strange colour/pattern combinations come up whilst I'm experimenting.

Gladiatoooorrrs Ready...

I LOVE American Gladiators. LOVE. IT.
It reminds me of being wee and on Saturday nights having a bath. We were never allowed to go outside after having a bath and we always had a bath on Saturday. We'd watch all the Saturday night TV shows - Blankety Blank, Stars in Their Eyes, Big Break, The Generation Game, Catch Phrase, Beadles About, Noel's House Party etc... And Gladiators. It brings back so many memories. Ours wasn't American Gladiators but UK Gladiators.

We also had Blind Date but it isn't anything like the American Blind Date.

"Tonight Matthew, I'm going to be..." Stars in Their Eyes was another brilliant one that I really miss. I don't know if there was an American version or not. The idea was 5 contestants per show would get made up to look like the singer they sounded like. They'd sing a song and whoever was the best look-a-like and sound-a-like would be the winner. Then they'd have a big finale where all the winners would go against each other. It was fun trying to guess who would be who from their little home video introduction.

These days there are shows on Friday night that get a lot of attention in our house (Moonlight, Monk, Psych) - not from me, I'll add. The shows aren't family shows and they're not as entertaining. I like a good laugh.

What I believe...

1. We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.

2. We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam's transgression.

3. We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.

4. We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.

5. We believe that a man must be called of God, by prophecy, and by the laying on of hands by those who are in authority, to preach the Gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof.

6. We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth.

7. We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, and so forth.

8. We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.

9. We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.

10. We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and in the restoration of the Ten Tribes; that Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American continent; that Christ will reign personally upon the earth; and, that the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory.

11. We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.

12. We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.

13. We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.

I was reading an article from the New York Times that reminded me how people sometimes form their own ideas on Mormon Doctrine and then preach it to others who have even less of an idea of what being Mormon means. If you're interested in actually learning it's best to get it from the horses mouth. I'm a horse. You don't have to believe any of it but you also don't have to be an ignorant jerk.

So there you have it, the basis of Mormonism. Those are called "The Articles of Faith" and all Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) believe all of them.

Friday, February 8, 2008


I've been tiggity-tagged by Kat.

A)Each player answers the questions about themselves.

B)At the end of the post, the player then tags 2 people and posts their names, then goes to their blog and leaves them a comment, letting them know that they have been tagged and asking them to read your blog.

10 years ago:
I was 13 years old and in my 3rd year at Montrose Academy.
Emma went to Amsterdam.
I had a few chest infections.
I went to my first gig - Greenday - with my brothers and Emma.
My mum's oldest sister who lives in Arizona came to visit. I think it was maybe the 3rd time I'd met her.
I went to the Preston Temple Dedication.
AND I kept a journal!

5 Things that were on my "to-do" list for today:
Clean up the kitchen
Write more of my story

I Enjoy:
Taking pictures
Making things - baking, crafts, people laugh...
Listening to music really loud
Hanging out with Stuart

What would I do if I suddenly became a MILLIONAIRE?:
Stop worrying about how to get Stuart through the next 5 years of school.
We wouldn't be thinking about taking a year out of school to save for the next 5 years.
I'd have a baby and not worry about insurance or where the kid will sleep.
I'd go back home and spend time with Beki and buy her fun things.
I'd pay off my parent's mortgage and buy my mum a diamond ring and my dad a boat.

5 Jobs that I have had:
Avon Girl
Guinea Pig breeder
Jansport victim
Ebay Extraordinaire

5 Things People Don't know about me:
I hate dust, clutter and general untidiness - it drives me insane and depresses me.
I don't mind if you wear your shoes in my house. I hoover daily.
I've had a mole removed.
I'm paranoid that people don't really like me.
I speak slower and with less of an accent so people can understand what I'm saying: I hate repeating myself.

I'm tiggity-tagging Stephanie and Siobhan.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

It just keeps getting colder and colder!

Yesterday was the first time in a while I got out of the house for a reason other than going to church. My friend, Faith took me out to Porter's craft shop for a couple of hours. It was so nice to get out but I pushed it and came home with an aching back. It was fun and I was inspired to get crafty again.

Faith had a baby shower on Tuesday night which I went to - only because I can't help liking her so much. (I don't do baby showers or bridal showers.) Two games were played. One I'd played before. They melt a chocolate bar in a nappy and you have to guess what it is by smelling it and examining it. I'm not too good at it because I don't like American chocolate but I got 4 out of 7 which is very good for me.
Then we split into two teams and were all given a baby bottle with 4oz of chocolate milk in it. We were given a minute to drink as much as we could and then the people from each team had a drink-off to see who was the ultimate big baby.
Out of the 11 people there 4 of us weren't pregnant.

The weather here is mingin! Yesterday I think there was another foot of snow and then this morning... ugh! More. It does make for good pictures though.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Word of the Week:

Prounounced: sky-v

Definition: to be absent without leave.

"Where wur ye fourth period? Wur ye skivving?"

"See your brother, he's a right skivver!"

This is something I was particularly good at.

The Cycle Path.

I'm typing up all these stories so they can be recorded in my journal so you might be getting a few of them...

April 2003:

This event took place 5 days before Beki had Cameron.­

We had a little tradition of walking down to the Primary School where my mum works to meet her once her day is done there.­ We'd then walk down to Tesco and pick up stuff for dinner then we'd walk up the street and get a bus home.­

On this particular day Beki was coming with me to meet mum.­ I like spending time with Beki.­ We laugh a lot.­

We went the usual route -­ through the back garden, across the part, through the housing scheme and then down the cycle path.­

The cycle path has 2 sides to it.­ The left side we were walking on was the pedestrian side and the right side was the bicycle side.­ I was walking to Beki's right which means I was closest to the white stripe dividing the pedestrians from the bikers.­ I have OCD and NEVER walk on the bike side.­

We were walking and talking and laughing when we hear a scream.­ We looked at eachother like 'What the -­".­ Then I get rammed forward and there's a crash.­ Beki was just standing looking like, "What are you doing?" As I turned around I notice an old lady lying on the ground.­ I had no idea what just happened.­ I thought maybe she'd pushed me or something.­ Further behind us is her bike.­ SHE RAN ME OVER!

The old lady had white hair that was turning red with the blood that was pouring from her scalp.­ I was in shock and Beki was almost 2 weeks over due to give birth.­ The old lady was groaning and trying to get on her bike to go home.­ I practically had to wrestle her off.­ She had a head injury afterall.­ I sent Beki to get mum.­ Beki looked like she was trying to run, the funniest thing I've ever seen.­ She was running but it was almost slower than a walk.­ Her arms pumping like it was making her go faster.­.­.­ I digress.­.­.­

I was trying to phone 999 on my mobile phone but instead of pressing 'call' I kept pressing cancel.­ I was in shock.­

An old couple with a jack russell (that lapped up the blood puddle from the ground) were walking by and stopped to help.­ They were able to keep the old woman from cycling off as my mum arrived and called the ambulance.

I dawdled off to find Beki who couldn't make the journey back because she was so puffed out from her sprint.­ We both sat on the grass whilst the ambulance people sorted out the old woman.­

Lesson to learn from this -­ Wear a helmet and don't run over teenagers.­

The paramedics asked her what happened and she had the gall to tell them I stepped out onto the wrong side of the PATH! Never! I was pretty mad about that (and still am) if I hadn't been in so much shock I'd have set her straight.­ The back of my right leg was mangled for weeks.­ Huge bruises and lumps.­ Ouch.­ It still feels lumpy.

I avoided walking on the cycle path after that.

I know when I tell this story people laugh but it was really traumatic for me. I need to get Beki and my mum to write it up from their perspective.

Also, when I got home that day Stuart phoned me and asked how I was. I told him I wasn't doing very well and explained. He thought it was hilarious. I was in so much shock I couldn't do anything. I wanted to cry but couldn't...

Thank goodness for the National Health Service too!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

I guess that clears things up...

You Are a Strawberry

You are friendly, outgoing, and well liked by many people.
You are popular, but there's nothing you ordinary or average about you.

You a very interesting person, and you have many facets to your personality.
Sometimes you feel very conflicted. Your different sides of your personality pull at you.

You are a very sensual and passionate person. You are fiery... you can't help it.
In general, you keep your passionate side under wraps. You are only wild in private.