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Thursday, December 25, 2008

My Wonderful Christmas

Christmas this year was so amazing! I was completely surprised by all of the wonderful gifts I received and so happy to give the gifts I chose for other people.

Our extended family (all 19 of us) do a gift exchange, but it's not a normal gift exchange. All gifts must be homemade! At first, we started out with a $5 material limit, but since have raised it to $10. This year, I had my grandma. I made her a stickypad calendar that had a holiday for each day. Each month also had a gift that corresponded to a day during that month. For example--I wrapped up bubble wrap for January 26- Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day. On the day my grandma gets a gift, she has to call me. She loves holidays so this was a perfect present for her. It took A LOT of time, but it was worth it. If you want a copy of the big calendar with all the holidays on it, leave me a comment with your email and I'll send it to you.

My uncle had me, and he made me a classroom set of phonics phones! These are 'phones' made out of PVC pipe that help students when they are learning to read. I know this took a lot of time to make and I am so excited to use them in my classroom!

On Christmas Eve my family (plus my grandparents) made homemade pizzas and played games. We then opened our family gifts. I got posters, borders and other things for my classroom from my sister and a gift card from my brother. I gave my sister a 5 lb. can of hot cocoa for the cocoa motion Santa was bringing her. My sister and I bought my brother the first season of Friday Night Lights. I bought my mom a carmel-apple figure-thing and a new canopener. All us kids got my dad shotgun bullets. We then opened our traditional outfit and pajamas.

We all went to bed and eagerly awaited Santa! My family makes this a big deal, even though we're all older. I got SO MANY PRESENTS! I was amazed! Santa starts shopping in March, so he spreads the expenses out over the whole year. This is what I got from Santa, Barnaby the Elf, Buddy the Elf, Dasher, Prancer and Vixen gave me. (My mom is hilarious!)

I got a stuffed lamb, a sandwich maker, a label maker, dominoes, a huge pack of fruit snacks, a US States game, 5th grade reading level books, candy, a jewelry organizer, stamps, pepper spray (in a pink case no less,) Sleeping Beauty on DVD, The Election Collection of School House Rock, a globe, a miniature Jesus figurine, and a snowglobe--with $300 inside for SURFING LESSONS!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Sun Valley

Blake and I went to Sun Valley for a weekend vacation and spent time at his Grandpa's house with his aunt. It was so much fun! We went skating at the Lodge (see above videos).

We also went shopping, and baked sugar cookies with his aunt.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

79 More Days!

I had a meeting for New Zealand today and I am SO excited to leave! Here are two videos on YouTube that show some of the things I'm going to be doing, and you bet, I'm doing it all! I leave February 27 from SLC International and go fly to LA and then leave for Auckland. Crazy enough, we cross the time line, thing, and I lose February 28! It disappears! Then I have 7 weeks in paradise! With 12 days of vacation! But don't worry, I'll be posting regular updates of my adventures! 79 more days!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Tagged by Monica

The questions are as follows:
1. Where is your cell phone? On my lap.
2. Where is your significant other? Nonexistant at the present. I like being single! :)
3. Your hair color? Brunette/blonde
4. Your mother? Shopping
5. Your father? At work
6. Your favorite thing? Reading
7. Your dream last night? Nightmare!
8. Your dream/goal? Graduating (almost there!)
9. The room you're in? Living room/kitchen. It's a small apartment
10. Your hobby? Reading and embroidery
11. Your fear? Failure
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Married with a baby! :)
13. Where were you last night? Home with my sister
14. What you're not? School--YAY!
15. One of your wish-list items? A job in Logan
16. Where you grew up? Stansbury Park
17. The last thing you did? Called the registrar's office
18. What are you wearing? Gym shorts and a t-shirt
19. Your TV? CSI New York
20. Your pet? None for me. My family's pets are probably destroying something at home.
21. Your computer? Laptop
22. Your mood? Lazy
23. Missing someone? My mommy
24. Your car? Soon to be sold! I'm getting a Jeep Liberty! Whoo hoo!
25. Something you're not wearing? Bra
26. Favorite store? Steve & Barry's
28. Love someone? My family
29. Your favorite color? Green and Pink
30. When is the last time you laughed? This morning. MTV is funny!
31. Last time you cried? Yesterday

I tag: Janalyn, Jaci, Katie

Monday, December 1, 2008

New Zealand

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