Friday, November 30, 2007

Jets to brazil, singing their sweet love song "sweet avenue"

After hiking Kings peak I went to their show at a club in SLC. It was so great!

Samson by Regina Spektor

I love this Lady, her lyrics, music, and videos are so hmmm. So something.
So simple yet powerful, very dramatic. She has many really good songs and fun videos.

hope you enjoy

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Kim's Turn

I guess it was bound to happen, I was tagged. and since my husband only knows 4 people that blog, me two of his friends and one of mine; I knew I wasnt going to get untouched.

so here it goes 7 things about me
1. I really enjoy cooking, I mostly enjoy having people over and enjoying good food together. I go to restaurants like bi-yearly. So if there is a dish I love, I just have to learn how to make it my self. for example, yummy chimmi's, avocado egg rolls via cheesecake factory (of course with the 27 ingredient dipping sauce) cafe rio burritos, my next assignment Tuscan Chicken Marsala.

2. I did an internship for my major at the State of Utah Department of Child and Family Services. I investigated sexual abuse against minors in Orem and Provo area. I learned many wonderful things. Dont let cousins sleep over together, not every mother loves her children, In many cases the state is too careful in ripping the poor starved abused, drugged child from its parents arms. I investigated a case that happened to be one of my best friends next door neighbors. Phew I am soooo glad it was only an internship and that I stay home, with my kids.

3. I really, really love Matt Nathanson. I was introduced by a friend of his in college, and have wandered the country since seeing him on each coast and states in between. Here is his web page. I have to say even if you do not like his music you still would LOVE his concerts. He is HILARIOUS. covers, spears, prince, Bon Jovi. really a fun time. Lots of F-bombs. so see him in Utah if you can, he caters to the sensitive ears.

His official VH1 video from his latest hit car crash

Hope you enjoy!

4. I have always dreamed and yearned to be a good singer. I am jealous and grateful of the beauty and power song can have. In heaven I will be able to sing at a fireside, or funeral and be able to bring the spirit in the room. Until then I will rely on my charm and wit.

5. Order is very relaxing to me, my order. I sort, clean, and arrange my cupboards, drawers and closets on a continuous basis. When I am stressed I will go in the kids room, dumb all the bins, tubs and drawers and place every polly pockets thing in the polly pocket drawer, all animals in the animal bin, pj's in pj's no gender mixing, and all tops must be hung up!!!!. I love to open my pantry and see rows of artichoke hearts, in the veggie section, and my tomato section goes from sizes of cans small to large. I really enjoy organizing and sorting. If you ever need someone to throw away, and go through thing I am your girl! But I rarely mop my kitchen floor . .oops.

6. I won first place in poetry for several years in elementary. I stopped entering in jr high, but kept writing until kids. I still have all my notebooks full of poems. I really enjoy putting taste and flavor to words. That said I can not spell at all.

7. I love the look in my kids eye's when they know they are doing something bad and I walk in the room. Hopefully I will always know when they are up to something. I was never a baby person, but I love my babies. Kids are wonderful

so now I tag Lizza, April, Christa, Loree (Kory your off the hook)

Monday, November 19, 2007

I think I got tagged by Matthew

Okay, I am new to the blog world and am not even sure if I am doing what I am supposed to. We will see. I am finding it more and more interesting as I read other peoples blogs. I got tagged by my buddy Matthew Larson's blog and he said he was tagged by one of his favorite people, Wendy, formerly Wasden. As far as I can tell Matthew is now my blogging father and Wendy my blogging grandmother. All that is cool except that apparently I had a mini crush on my grandma in high school. Yikes. Maybe Matthew knows another Ben, and my heritage is now cloudy. Either way, if you have a few minutes, I guess this consists of me telling you 7 things about myself. What an easy way to enter the blogging world. I happen to be my favorite subject.

1. I am a dentist, and an aspiring Professional Surfer. The first one took me about 9 years of my life to achieve, so come 2016, you may see me on the Pro Tour working my way up in some surf competition like Maverick's or Pipeline. More likely than that, you will be reading my blog after reading my obituary after I was eaten by "Whitey"(This is my pet name for the Great White in my nightmares over the last 10 years or so). I have to say that I love both career paths. I especially enjoy hanging out with other dentist buddies of mine and discussing our latest Post and Core, or Root Canal. My latest fave is CAD/CAM technology in dentistry. It is totally sweet.

2. I live in paradise. I love Carlsbad. I dont know that I will ever be able to buy a house here, but it seems like a place I never want to leave.

3. I get offended easily and hold grudges at people who get offended easily and hold grudges. I am only serious about half of this statement. This is somewhat of a pet peeve. I actually like these people more than I used to. I used to just try and stay away, cuz I really like people who don't let things bother them. Surfers are pretty good at this. Unless they get really good and surf at Swami's, then I have found they get easily offended by guys who don't surf that well, and want you out of their ocean. Anyway, I think giving others a free pass is a much more pleasant way to live life.

I would like to describe the easily offended for a paragraph or so. In my experience they are pretty bright(intelligence wise, not necessarily countenance). They also usually have a low self esteem and I think partly leads them to go around looking for things to get bothered by. It usually makes them feel better about their miserable selves. Mostly they are introverts, but not always. I find that they have a bit of a jaded view of things, which can be rather entertaining. You can ask them about anyone in the room and find out a whole bunch of terrible things that make you feel better about yourself. But then when you are done talking to them you have to realize that whatever they know bad about you will also be shared with others. And you should know that in talking with them you have likely done something very offensive.

I personally think that people are generally good. I am usually more than willing to give someone the benefit of the doubt if they do something that could be taken as offensive. I dont know if anyone will read this blog, but I have intentionally been a bit offensive in this section, so that if anyone who reads it and gets annoyed at this post, will just take a look at themselves. Maybe they will check their blood pressure. Maybe take a Xanax. Maybe 2. Maybe think about their life and ask if some idiot newbie blogger is really worth being annoyed at. I mean come on, quit wasting your time. Get over yourself. Next subject.

4. I was built for speed, not strength. I am a huge Truman Madsen fan and i stole this quote from him. If you dont know who he is, you should become LDS and then figure it out. If already LDS, go to Deseret Book. Anyway, I am tall and skinny, and never have been very strong. It used to bug me when I was younger, in fact Br. Wing(a young men leader as a deacon) all 6'2" and 150 lbs of him said I wasn't quite strong enough to help out with a canoe on one of our scout excursions. That offended me back in my easily offended years. But since Truman, I have embraced my body type and appreciate that I may be a weakling, but at least I can run a 40 yard dash in in 5.1 seconds.(Anyone who follows football is probably laughing really hard at me right now.) Next subject.

5. In church I teach a class of freshmen and sophomores and surprisingly it is my favorite calling ever.

6. I have lived all over the country including Utah, Texas, Northern California, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Virginia, Nevada and now Southern California, and I am glad to be back west of the Mississippi. I do miss fireflies and Fall, but I have not used AC or a heater in my home since I moved here last April.

7. My life is starting to revolve around The Office. My favorite day used to be whatever day the weekend started. Not cuz I dont love what I do, mostly cuz I love doing other things more. Now my favorite day of the week is always Thursday, never an exception. And my favorite time is 9 pm Pacific. So that is me.

Okay,I now Tag Kim, Jason Swann, and Kory(who I don't know that well but she has one of the most entertaining blogs I have been on). I look forward to reading each of your 7.

love it love it love it

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Madisen I love you

Spotlight on a special Birthday Girl

My wonderful Little-big girl, Happy Birthday!
You are six years old!

Madisen Loves pink, mostly hot pink, but any hue will do.
She is very imaginative and creative. She spends hours of time creating cradles, swings, computers and everything other thing from paper for her dolls. She is having so much fun sounding out words and writing cards, notes and ideas on paper.

It is physically impossible for her to stand still, she must be jiggling, wiggling, waving. flaying or dancing of some sort. She is not the most coordinated person and we have lots of bumps, falls, and scraped knees.

Our six year old, knows everything, and will correct any one. You say "its the week end", "no, mom its Saturday". You say "that is a blue dress", Infacticly she responds "its not blue its aqua". She has an incredible mind and memory. But she is pretty stubborn. If she learned a couch is called a couch, then you do not call it a sofa. She memorizes all her books and songs, she sings along to all our Keane, Cold play, Dixie chicks, the new 1,2,3,4, song, and our new family favorite Benson lullaby (Rod Stewarts first cut is the deepest). When we started reading with her she would just read all her books from memory. So we had to get library books and not read them to her before we wanted her to read them to us.

She loves to be a good girl. It is devastating to her when emotional crisis occur or she makes bad choices. She almost tries to deny they are bad, because she does not want to be bad. As a toddler if I told her you are in time out, I could put her in the middle of all her toys tell her no playing and she wouldn't. She would cry and be all sad and wait for time out to end.

She loves guessing games, learning and knowing. She comes home and quizes me about fun interesting things she learned. Sometimes I just let her be smarter, and get all excited she taught me something cool.

Madisen's Interest
  • Pocahontas, but really all Indians. Since we lived by Williamsburg, and Jamestown's and Pocahontas state park. We read and studied these areas allot
  • Art, she loves to cut, assemble, build, make, but not with crayons. According to my kids the only thing you do with crayons are tear off the wrapper and break them.
  • Barbie's, Polly pockets and her American Girl doll's Jess and Kirsten.
  • She is a big fan of Lord of the rings, I have to research online information to satisfy her inquiries.
  • History, she loves to know how things worked, how boats developed from wood, to metal. The first phone was one way communication, then you went through the city operator, then they were in your home, then no operator to ring you through.
  • Musicals, newsies is her favorite, well maybe Anne is. Our family could put on Anne at any given time. my kids love it. Also Madisen is always putting on her own productions. If you listen she is always in dialog in some dramatic scene. (actually If any one can find Newsies let me know Id like to get it for her- I guess for Christmas now).

It is apparent by the many pictures posted here how beautiful she is I just wanted everyone to know how special she is.

Monday, November 5, 2007

How we spent our day of REST

It was actually pretty nice to wake up and see 7:20 on the clock. Only because I knew we hadn't set it back an hour yet. So we were all awake happy, and had no rush to get ready for church. this is very monumental in our family. Jeddy broke and unwrapped all our crayons during sacrament meeting. Benson actually took a great nap during church. Madisen payed attention to peoples testimonies (mostly about the service during the wild fires).

we came home and it took 2 hours but we got the kids asleep or entertained so we could nap. I should say it took Ben, I just went in and feel asleep. He had to deal with poopy diapers and bottles.

We slept allot longer then anticipated, and were late for our dinner engagement at my sister Britt's house. The food was not ready so it was fine. We ate a great meal. the cousins ran around and played. Us adults played a game. The McEvoy team was cursed with whack questions so we officially are not smarter then a fifth grader. Two of our questions no one playing could answer or had a clue. And 2 more we were half right. We needed more questions like what color mixed with blue makes green.

The game ended and we were rounding up the tykes when Jeddy started crying (this is not unusual the boys usually have many disagreements and physical altercation as they play). So I went back to convince one of the boys to share. I got there to find Jeddy's head covered in blood. I really wished it was extra Halloween make up the kids had gotten into, but no it was official blood from my boy.

I yelled for Ben and took Jeddy to the bathroom, we left a trail. At this point he starts to freak, b/c he sees the blood from the mirror. Also it is now covering his face and all in his eye. I try effortlessly to wash his face and keep pressure on the wound. But I did not know where it was yet. Ben comes and Britt and Dave supply me with rags. Ben locates the wound its maybe 3/4 inch, nice straight skinny clean cut. His hair was red, my clothes his clothes and the bathroom were covered. Luckily Jeddy for some reason only known to him had changed in to not one but 2 of Mikey's outfits when we arrived. So the blood stained clothes are Britt's So i don't have to worry about it. (wink, wink)

Dave the marine pulled out his combat first aid kit. If needed we could have packed his chest, placed a tourniquet, clotted an artery, and saved his life from scrap metal. But it was only a plastic toy plane (if you ask Mikey and a green flashlight if you ask Jeddy), so we just needed super glue and some duct tape.

I could go on for pages on the emotional drama, the back and forth of how to care for him, and the details of the crime scene. Not that a crime occurred. We finally laid him down clean, bandaged and happy at 11pm (yeah slightly after bedtime). From his actions and vitality today you wouldn't think he lost any blood or sleep last night.

It was our first blood experience. We have had 100's of scrapes and cuts. Up to this they have been kiss and put on a Spiderman band aid boo boo's. I guess our experience of parenting a Wild and crazy boy is coming to fruition. I have heard with Boys you should expect an ER visit every year. so many more of these I suspect are in our future.

Our restful relaxing day, ended as such. Yet we were able to sneak in some great excitement and lots and lots of blood.

Friday, November 2, 2007

More then meets the eye

I am not exactly sure how it all started. But I know this I am changed. One year for Christmas I received a toy car. It was a cute little yellow bug, named bumblebee.

Other Autobots were spread from child to child in our home year after year. But I loved my little bumblebee. My jet, triple-changer, and my little satellite from a happy meal have all safely made it to my brothers home, where they are currently under his care and on their way to a new fabulous life in Maryland.

I was so anticipating the transformers movie since the announcement years ago. And thrilled when they announced the voice of Optimus Prime would be none other then Peter Cullen, the voice from the cartoon series. I was devastated that I I couldn't see it until it's third week running. But I saw it. Ben took me out! I was giggling and crying and on the EDGE of my seat the whole time. One of my favorite parts is where Optimus prime transforms as he is speeding down the freeway to mission city. hello . .cool. Yet my heart belongs to bumblebee. No joke I seriously Cried when Bumblebee asked OP if he could stay with his human.

I realize this is probably not a normal obsession for a grown person, let alone, a female mother. Luckily for me my kids love it. So we go down the toy aisles now. I have trained them which ones to tell dad to get me for Christmas. We bought it and since have broken the family rule of one hour of TV MAX a day. oops!

friends and loved ones I hope you enjoy the Movie. I was not all that excited when Starbright, my little ponies and other child hood toys started to resurface. It made me feel old . ..outdated. But I relish and wade in the deep sea of transformers. I will end by using OP closing remarks.

With the Allspark gone, we cannot return life to our planet. And fate has yielded its reward, a new world to call home. We live among its people now, hiding in plain sight, but watching over them in secret: waiting, protecting. I have witnessed their capacity for courage, and though we are worlds apart, like us, there is more to them than meets the eye."