Tuesday, October 28, 2008


The above is a photograph of variou members of my family that was taken on my birthday. They all can't believe that I turned 29 again! They are in shock! Actually, I turned 35, and that's not why they are surprised.

They are surprised because I chose that very moment to show them a picture.

A very special picture.

A picture that I haven't scanned yet, so you can't see it. Neener, neener!

But I can tell you about it... would that work for you?

No? Well, tough! It's just going to have to be good enough.

See, here's the thing...


I'm due May 5th, which means that I am 13-weeks today. The baby, however, will likely make its appearance in late April as I will be having a scheduled c-section.

And the coolest part is this:

A floating baby ticker! I've always wanted one of those!

Now tell me how shocked and surprised you are... I wish I could take a picture of you too!


Saturday, October 18, 2008

Quiz Time

I think it's been a while since I've done one of these quizzes, but since all my friends are doing it, I guess I'd better get on the ball. It's only 2 questions, so you should go and do it too!

BTW, the description of me below is eerily accurate.

Your result for Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn? Or Someone Else? Mad Men-era Female Icon Quiz...

You Are an Ingrid!


You are an Ingrid -- "I am unique"

Ingrids have sensitive feelings and are warm and perceptive.

How to Get Along with Me

  • * Give me plenty of compliments. They mean a lot to me.

  • * Be a supportive friend or partner. Help me to learn to love and value myself.

  • * Respect me for my special gifts of intuition and vision.

  • * Though I don't always want to be cheered up when I'm feeling melancholy, I sometimes like to have someone lighten me up a little.

  • * Don't tell me I'm too sensitive or that I'm overreacting!

What I Like About Being an Ingrid

  • * my ability to find meaning in life and to experience feeling at a deep level

  • * my ability to establish warm connections with people

  • * admiring what is noble, truthful, and beautiful in life

  • * my creativity, intuition, and sense of humor

  • * being unique and being seen as unique by others

  • * having aesthetic sensibilities

  • * being able to easily pick up the feelings of people around me

What's Hard About Being an Ingrid

  • * experiencing dark moods of emptiness and despair

  • * feelings of self-hatred and shame; believing I don't deserve to be loved

  • * feeling guilty when I disappoint people

  • * feeling hurt or attacked when someone misundertands me

  • * expecting too much from myself and life

  • * fearing being abandoned

  • * obsessing over resentments

  • * longing for what I don't have

Ingrids as Children Often

  • * have active imaginations: play creatively alone or organize playmates in original games

  • * are very sensitive

  • * feel that they don't fit in

  • * believe they are missing something that other people have

  • * attach themselves to idealized teachers, heroes, artists, etc.

  • * become antiauthoritarian or rebellious when criticized or not understood

  • * feel lonely or abandoned (perhaps as a result of a death or their parents' divorce)

Ingrids as Parents

  • * help their children become who they really are

  • * support their children's creativity and originality

  • * are good at helping their children get in touch with their feelings

  • * are sometimes overly critical or overly protective

  • * are usually very good with children if not too self-absorbed

Take Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn? Or Someone Else? Mad Men-era Female Icon Quiz at HelloQuizzy

Friday, October 17, 2008

Exciting News!

We own a new car! YAY!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Oh Well!

Rebecca had a costume fitting for The Nutcracker last night, so we chatted on the drive home. Rebecca told me about a picture that she had drawn at school - it had a picture of a little girl with curly hair (but it wasn't Rebecca!), and the little girl was drawing a picture so she had a pencil in her hand, and there was a mommy cat who was sitting by her bowl of water, and there was a baby cat who was sitting by its bowl of water.

I asked her if the baby cat was a boy or a girl.

"A girl!" she answered. And then she continued talking about babies. She informed me that if you wanted a girl baby, and you got a girl baby, you can say "Yay!" She also informed me that if you wanted a boy baby, and you got a boy baby, you can say "Yay!"

So I had to ask...

"What do you say if you want a girl baby, but you get a boy baby?" (or vice versa).

Her answer?

"Oh well!"

So... if any of you are expecting and don't get quite what you want, you can thank Rebecca for giving you an appropriate response!

Thursday, October 09, 2008


Sara wrote a poem today.

It's on her blog if you'd like to check it out.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008


I am not even sure what to think or say about this product.


Friday, October 03, 2008

Peanut Butter Squares

Ah, school lunch. Cold macaroni and cheese. Hot dogs that bounce. Jellified gravy. Makes you hungry, doesn't it?

As a child, I didn't take school lunch very often because I was a very picky eater. I recall a period of time where the only kind of sandwich that I would eat was a Butter Sandwich. Yep, it's exactly what you think. A piece of bread, slathered with butter, with another piece of bread on top. And my Mom actually let me eat it. Every day. What was she thinking?

Anyway, when I entered Junior High, I discovered something wonderful.

Peanut Butter Squares...
... awww, I get a warm fuzzy feeling just thinking about them.

Cool peanut butter mixed with crunchy pieces of rice cereal, topped with a thick layer of firm chocolate... mmmmm! They are so good.

Many years have passed. I have tried many different peanut butter square recipes in hopes of finding the peanut butter squares of my childhood. NO LUCK!

But then, a surprise e-mail from my friend Julie. She tells me that one of her favorite childhood treats was the peanut butter squares that were served at her elementary school. She further explains that because she loved them so much, she decided to contact the lunch lady at her old elementary school and see if she could get the recipe.

Julie then proceeds to rave about the recipe, and how it is exactly how she remembers these wonderful little treats, and by this time I am salivating because I realize that while we attended different schools, the schools were both in the same school district (Salt Lake City School District). Could this be the actual recipe for my beloved peanut butter squares?

So I made them today, and I am finally content. I have the recipe for my favorite peanut butter squares. And now... I'm going to share it with you.

Peanut Butter Squares

1/2 cube butter or margarine
3 cups peanut butter
3 cups powdered sugar
10 T rice cereal (like Rice Crispies)
Chocolate Icing (or chocolate chips)

Warm butter and peanut butter.
Stir in powdered sugar (with hands if mixer is not heavy duty).
Mix in cereal.
Spread mixture on cookie sheet. Top with wax paper and smooth with a rolling pin.
Top with chocolate icing. If you use chocolate chips, melt with a small amount of shortening or oil.
Place in the fridge to chill for a couple of hours or as long as you can stand waiting. (This is MY tip, and not a part of the actual recipe.)

[[This is embarrassing to admit, but I was so excited about making these things, I just realized that I completely left out the butter. I will probably try it again and actually FOLLOW the directions this time because I think the butter might help with the texture a little bit, but honestly, it's not that bad. And it's probably a little healthier with out the butter anyway!]]

Thursday, October 02, 2008

A Princess Tale

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful princess.

Her name was Princess Rebecca and she was turning 6 years old.

As was the custom in the Kingdom, Princess Rebecca issued a Royal Decree which invited all of the other Princesses in the land to a royal celebration.

The Princesses went on a Dragon Egg Hunt where they found many wonderful pieces of jewelry.

The Princesses attended a royal ball where they danced the afternoon away. Well, they danced as long as the music was playing, for an evil fairy had cast a spell on the Princesses, and they had to freeze whenever the music stopped.

Every Princess desires to find true love, so they all lined up for their chance...

... to kiss the frog and see if he would turn into their Prince Charming.

After such a busy day, the Princesses were tired. They requested some royal refreshments.

The Princess Rebecca was so grateful to all of her Princess friends for helping her celebrate her special day, that she presented each of them with a special wand for their very own.

And the Princesses all lived happily ever after.

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