Thursday, October 2, 2008

Tag I'm It!

2 Tags for the Price of 1
8 Things I am passionate about:
1. My family
2. my friends
3. my calling as Laurel advisor
4. Reading!!!!
5. Blogging
6. Exercise (well, not passionate, but I do it!)
7. Going out to lunch w/ friends and fam
8. Ice cream and cookies (and chocolate and sweets!)

8 Words or phrases that I say often:
1. I love you.
2. That's ridiculous!
3. dang, stinken ________!
4. Bless your (his/her) heart!
5. I'm a dork!And dang proud of it!
6. get the heck out of my way!(while driving! I'm not patient)
7. No one enjoys us like we enjoy ourselves! (that's for you Tricia!)
8. You're such a stud (sometimes add muffin at the end of that!!)

8 Things I want to do before I die:
1. Find happiness with my own body. (I like the way you put this,Audrey!)
2. Be debt free!
3. Run some kind of race(I would say marathon, but not sure I want to commit that
4. Visit Australia.
5. Become more naturally charitable.(Again I'm with ya, A!)
6. Read War and Peace
7. Learn a new talent or skill. (haven't figured out yet what!)
8. Write a children's book and publish it.

8 Things I have learned
1. I don't have to act "mature" or pious just because I'm an adult.It's OK to be
2. That we are on this earth to learn to love and to have faith.
3. That if I had it to do over again, I would try and enjoy my little ones more and not be so uptight about everything!! (Sorry kids!)
4. I can disagree with someone and still love them to pieces!
5. Not to judge others (I can still do much better) because you just really don't have the right or the perfect view to do so!
6. I need to work on not comparing myself and be happy with who I am.
7. That family is everything, but good friends are a close second!
8. That on the whole, most people are inherently good and are trying to be that way.

8 Places I would love to go or see:
1. Australia/New Zealand
2. England, Ireland, Scotland
3. New York
4. Alaska
5. Mexico and South America
6. Italy, Greece, Spain, Russia, Sweden, Norway, France (OK,all of Europe)
7. Hawaii and Polynesia - other islands besides Oauhu-been there already)
8. Well, heck, did I say Africa? Does that cover all the continents?

8 Things I currently need or want:
1. A massage
2. my inside of house completely done
3. My backyards landscaped
4. to fit into my smaller sized clothes in my closet
5. Chocolate...
6. a good new book
7. a whole new wardrobe (see #4)
8. wisdom

8 People I tag:
1. Patty
2. Susan
3. Ashley
4. Tricia (that's a challenge to start up your blog!)
5. Heather
6. April
7. Allie
8. Lorraine

alphabet tag...
A. Attached or single? Attached
B. Best friend? My hubby first, then my sis
C. Cake or pie? cake
D. Day of choice? Friday nights (date night), and Sunday day- very calm
E. Essential item? make up
F. Favorite color? purple/lavendar
G. Gummy bears or worms? worms - they last longer
H. Hometown? Tucson, AZ
I. Indulgence? sweets!!
J. January or July? January any day!! Here in AZ at least.
K. Kids? 6 - 4 that I carried in my womb!! 1 great son in law, and 1 great daughter in law
L. Life isn’t complete without? Sam
M. Marriage date? June 4, 1982
N. Number of brothers & sisters? 3 brothers, 2 sisters (and a boat load of in laws!)
O. Oranges or apples? a toss up. I love OJ, but not apple juice. Like both actual fruits but apples I guess will more likely eat. NOt a big fruit eater.
P. Phobias? stacked freeways or stacked parking lots (something about being inside one if there was an earthquake!), and being caught in upside down ship! (Remember Poisidon Adventure"- the original?? Still haunts me!
Q. Quotes? Be thou humble, and the Lord thy God shall lead thee by the hand and give thee answer to thy prayers" (D & C 112:10)
R. Reasons to smile? Little children, my missionary letters/pictures, the whole family together on vacation, Matthew McConauhey(heehee) I meant my love Sam!
S. Season of choice? Winter here, Spring too. OH, does Christmas season count?
T. Tag some peeps! Whoever wants to...
U. Unknown fact about me? I went to 3 elementary, 3 high schools and 3 colleges!
V. Vegetable? fresh corn on the cob.
W. Worst habits? biting my nails, swearing when suddenly and greatly startled!(habit from my youth that is pretty well licked except under great pressure and/or anger)
X. X-ray or ultrasound? huh?? whatever will detect what needs to be detected!!?
Y. Your favorite food? desserts first then mexican food!
Z. Zodiac sign? Libra

Sunday, September 28, 2008

From Russia to Sweden with love!

So Tanner is now is Sweden and has been for a week now. With his visa expiring he had to leave the country to renew it. They sent him and about 20 missionaries from his mission and I think about 11 or more from other missions to Sweden for a nice change of scenery. At first he said it would be about 8 days (different than the usual 1-3 days or so). But once he got there he found out it is for like 2 weeks, until Oct. 6th.
He says it is beautiful and very clean and he thinks it would be a nice place to live! He has been able to email almost everyday so far. They have been housed in the housing the church set up for temple patrons coming from long distances. So he says they are doing missionary work for the dead now. They have spent a lot of time in the temple there.
Come tomorrow, they will be "kicked out" of the housing and sent to a hostel, because a group is coming in. So it will be interesting how that goes.
They can't really prosalyte since they don't speak the language. They did go to a zone conference for the Swedish missionaries there.
Anyway, very interesting! I must say that he has sent several pictures via email. Which has been wonderful!!! I will attempt to post them here! But I just can't get over all his many different adventures he's had just in the short (almost) 6 months he's been out!!!
Just his trip from Sochi to Sweden is quite a story. And we got the very very abridged version I'm sure. But to make it shorter I will just say. . . They rode a train from Sochi to another more northern town (can't quite remember the name) for six hours. Got there about midnight. Picked up a couple other missionaries there and caught a flight to Moscow. He didn't say how long this was, but looking on a map it sure looks pretty far. Then once in Moscow, rode a bus for 40 min. to the subway to ride another 1 1/2 to the other side of Moscow and out in the boonies where the international airport is. Got separated from his group, but says he is smart and so was able to figure out where he was going. They all got on the flight ok to Stockholm, Sweden which was a 2 1/2 hr. flight. That was some crazy day and night I would think!!
Well, anyway, he is doing great!

PS. Just in case you read a couple posts ago, "Which would you choose?" - Kelsey got the CD of pics from Tan and is supposed to be coming over tonight to show them to me!! His plan worked!!! What a clever kid! We will finally be able to see him IN Russia. I was starting to think he was yanking our chain and was really in Pensacola FL, or Tahachapee Ca. You just never know, now do ya???!!