I know it says a place you have travelled to, but I'm letting you know pretty much all the places I have travelled to. Don't worry it won't take too long.
I sometimes think I'm not very cultured, and now that I am most likely a lifer in the little town of Raymond (though I dream of living elsewhere upon winter's evil arrival this week) I fear I will stay that way. I may not be well travelled, but I have travelled, I hope to increase my list as the years go on so that if being cultured includes being well travelled than I can raise my hand to being cultured!
Some of the photos of the places I have been were pre digital camera so I dug up a few, but I did dig up a few oldies for fun.
First off, these are the States I have entered. (I would start with provinces but other than a layover in Ontario and a visit to the Sask border of Lloydminster, I have only been to BC)
Montana (lots of times)
(Let us please take note that this picture in Montana I was 7 months preggo with Alli. SEVEN! I just had to note that because those pants are tight on my thighs these days.)
Idaho (mostly uneventful, minus one trip with a large grassy area)
Utah (many a long trips i slept through to get here)
Arizona (only driven through a few times)
Nevada (driven through a few times, but actually stayed there 3 times I think?)
California (Maybe 4 or 5 times?)
Washington (i think iwent here)
New York (one glorious time)
Other than I got
Mexico a few times and France.
I hope to expand that list to include someday Hawaii, Arizona (more than drive through), New York again, Kentucky!, eastern Canada/US, various other European destinations and naturally more beach locations. I probably should work more.
I love a good movie. It's like an escape from reality, and who doesn't love that every once and a while. So many to choose from. Except that I sometimes forget when I like a good movie because my husband likes to see every movie ever released and I'm easy to please. So here's my classics.
I reeeeaaaly like the movie Shine. Such a good show and makes me regret I quit piano lessons. (because if I would have stayed I totally would have been that good, minus the crazy.) If you ever see it on dvd please buy it for me I once had it on the ol video tape, but it must not have made it through the moves.
In the chick flick dept i love a little
-17 again (surprise surprise)
-p.s i love you
In the action dept
-not much just the Kill Bills
In the I don't know topic
-Stranger than Fiction
I can't think of any more right now.
And I love all funny movies of course. Good funny, not dumb predictable Amanda Bines/Hilary Duff funny. (I'm pretty sure those are for teenage children anyway so I shouldn't fess up to watching them and that I do kinda like them, they just aren't funny) Derek sometimes get embarrassed of me at the movies because I laugh the loudest and the longest.
So that I don't get overwhelmed wondering what to put up because many a thing make me happy, I'm going to go with 5 picture topics that make me happy. I feel like I pulled out some randoms for this.
Of course I have to pick this perfect little family of mine. I love them so much I could just cry! This first picture is from last year but I just love it!
The mountains. Oh they make me smile. Waterton is one of most favorite places to be. I loved living in Cardston and being that much closer to them and seeing Chief Mountain out my front window. My dream home would be right beside a lake in the mountains, I would wake up and smile every day. It is just so peaceful there, and I get that peaceful feeling when I look at pictures too.
(mountain photos courtesy of clayne as usual)
Friends. I have so many good friends. I don't like to pick favorites among all the friends I am blessed to have, but these ladies and this picture make me smile. I am always the one laughing the hardest as previously discussed on the blog, but I'm quite sure Emily was finding something to pinch in this pic.
I don't usually enjoy pictures of myself while in action, but I just love this picture. I've put it on here before. It makes me happy, so so happy doing someing that keeps me hap hap happy.
This is the night Derek and I got engaged. It just makes me happy. I can remember that night so well over 8 years ago. You can just see the sheer happiness on both our faces, it's so real. Also, the shadows magnify the look of a mullet in Derek's hair, hehe, he didn't have one I swear. (but, he might have had them at one point and another and another...during the early marriage years and I cannot wait for his mid life crisis when he decides to grow it out again, i just love a curly mullet. I'm being serious. He hates me for making him grow it out all the time back when the young love had more control over him.)
I'm thinking of a million other pictures and ideas that I want to use that make me happy, but I just don't have it in me to carry on, and I did my 5. But can I say how much I am loving everyone doing this! Isn't it fun to talk about yourself?! And I am loving and appreciating everyones comments too, thank you thank you!
well, i'm cheating. there's a couple pictures on derek's computer that he took to edmonton that make me happy so i'm doing...
a song that makes you cry and why
This took me a while to figure out. Nothing came to my head right away. I'm not saying I'm not a cry baby, because I am quite capable of it. I'm sure we can relate when I say that music can really stir up emotions or bring back memories. It's the reason why a song makes me cry. And well, I'm a woman and that is all I can think of as the reason why! Certain songs hit me at different times in my life and can make me cry or not. So I guess I'm saying the list of songs that make me cry could be long on some days, but for today this is what I came up with. And I'll be looking forward to what other people put for this.
(sorry, had to do another one cause I like to kill things to death haha, and I just can't do a post without a pic. note to self, you look old when you frown, don't do it.)
This is one of my all time favorite songs. I've loved it since I first heard it back in high school I think, maybe even junior high. I don't think it made me cry then, but ever since it was on er a few years ago, it has makes me tear up a bit when I hear it, I sure loved that Dr. Green. I don't necessarily think of anything or anyone when I hear the lyrics, but it's just such a beautiful song and even though the lyrics are simple, they are so deep. I also love that the song is really long. Nothing like a good long song to sing along to, have a little cry, and sing some more.
And I have to pick one more. I love this song. It was hard to choose just one from Les Miserables, but I think this is the one that I love the most. I can't even get through the 1st 15 seconds of listening before it hits me. I went to this first when I was 11 years old. I sat on the front row of the Jubilee in Calgary. I was sure I made eye contact with some of the actors. I don't think I got the full idea of what this musical was about way back then, but I remember how I felt, and I remember those feelings when I saw it again when I was older and I could appreciate not only the talent of the people that can sing and write like this and bring about such feeling inside me, but also the powerful story that this is. I would LOVE to see it again someday.
Well, that is easy! I'm so looking forward to moving into our house. I really can't show any pictures because it's no fun to see the before pictures when there is no afters. And you definitely don't want to see the DURING pictures that we are in right now. It's a mess. But Derek is awesome working so hard. And I am awesome too because I am doing the wallpaper removal and well, kill me now. Wall paper is evil, pure evil.
I'll give a little snaek peek of the wall we knocked out. It's as much demo as we did. The kids keep asking when we are going to hammer more walls down.
Child labor it's what we do. I wish I could say it made it easier but it sure doesn't!
i love my low maintenance, easy going, drama free, loving family.
i feel i have good relationship with all my siblings and my parents. i feel so blessed to be a part of this amazing family. there has never been any doubt in my mind that i am loved by my family. i secretly think i am really quite spoiled in my family setup.
i have no pics of the baldry fam because they are on derek's computer and my computer is being weird so good thing i have my dad's computer! so i will update that later.
i feel doubly spoiled because of the fantastic family i married into. i really couldn't ask for more.
are you feeling the love?!
and while i'm on the subject...i haven't talked about my brother for a while on here. my brother ryan died over 12 years ago. it doesn't feel like yesterday he was here anymore. that makes me sad. i always remember him but it's easy to forget him in my day to day life. i used to think about him almost every day for years. i love when things remind me of him. sometimes it's good music that reminds me of him, or tight rolled jeans, ralph lauren polo shirts, and doc martin shoes. it doesn't happen very often but i love it when someone tells me they remember him or even better i remind them of him. because i don't know that we were too much alike, but what little sister doesn't want to be told she is like her cool big brother?!
and a couple extra family pics because they are kinda fun to look at and always good for a laugh!
And I am clearly having as much fun as a teenage girl with this photo booth business. (That's me being stressed by the way. It was either me or a picture of Cathy the comic strip stress lady.)
2. Something that stresses you out.
My first thought is what? Just one thing? How do I choose just one thing? I have have so many mini day to day stresses (like is my grammar correct on the ol blog? ) on top of the other unpredictable stresses that come up in all our lives (like the lady who was renting my house got a roomful of pet rats, true story)
-There is the kids factor and all the stresses that come with that. Everything from stressing about keeping the noses clean, (Just ask my mom, she says I cant keep my fingers out of there. So what I like them to be clean?) to how they are going to turn out and if it is all just too late and I've ruined them forever. Now there is some stress for any parent.
-Of course money, oh the money. I am so grateful that Derek and I both have such good secure jobs, but still, who couldn't use a little cush in the wallet to take away some of the day to day stress that the lovely money brings!
-Right now I've got house stress, but NOTHIN like it used to be! It's good stress, like are all my color choices going to look good? How much longer until that dang wall paper is off? When are we going to finish? ( I know we just started but I still want to hurry it up)
- I'm going to go out on a limb here and mention this because I am a woman (and as far as I know my reading population is rather low in the male department. and as far as i know males don't want to hear/read about this) and it is what we talk and stress about and if you don't, I am very jealous. The weight factor. I wish I didn't waste my time thinking and talking about it as much as I do, but I do. I don't know why my weight has such a central role in my life, but it does. It always has and always will I assume. I am very happy with my body and feel so blessed to have the health and strength that I do. So why do I stress about it? I don't know.
Which brings me to my final thoughts. Stress is very real and it is what we make it. We can get so worked up about any of the things on this list and hundreds more, or we can deal with it like the mature people that we are. Blaming others for our stress won't take it away. Focusing on the negative and dissecting every little angle about our problems won't make them much easier. So face the stress and be the boss. Don't let the stress run the life. Focus on how to cope with things, and hopefully in a positive way. And of course, really, the best way to deal with it all is hit up those scriptures and pray too.
Well, I thought I'd commit myself to some serious blogging. Cristal is doing this 15 day challenge, so I'm joining in on the fun. I can pretty much guarantee that I'll get never er done in 15 days, but that is the plan for now! Here's the list. Also, I think everyone else should do this.
Day 1-Self portrait picture, and 15 interesting facts
Day 2- Something that stresses you out
Day 3-Your siblings and parents
Day 4- Something you're looking forward to
Day 5- pictures of things that make you happy Day 6- A song that makes you cry and why
Day 7-Favorite movies
Day 8-A place you've traveled to
Day 9- Put your iPod on shuffle, first 10 songs
Day 10-Something you're afraid of
Day 11-Favorite tv shows
Day 12-What you believe
Day 14-Some pictures you love
Day 15- pictures of your Dream house
So this is where the 15 interesting facts about me come in...
1. I think taking that self portrait was the most awkward thing I have done in a long time. 2. I am capable of falling asleep anywhere anytime. Give me 5 mins in any position and I'm out. It is quite possibly a serious problem.
(The most recent sighting, Thanksgiving weekend. I just found this picture when I imported my moms camera. I have no idea who took it , but thank you for the double chin view.)
3. If the person wins at the end of Wheel of Fortune I get that just about tear up goosebumps feeling. 4. I have size 6 feet. I hate your feet, but I love my tiny little things! 5. My husband claims I snore, but I'm preeeetty sure it is only when I'm stuffed up, which is rare for me... 6. I waste time trying on various outfits some days. 7. my friendships are very important to me. 8. I reeeeeaaaaaly like chocolate chip cookies, I think about them almost everyday. I don't make them very often because I'm actually not very good at it, and when I do I eat them all in a day. 9. I worked as a cashier at a grocery store my first year away in Edmonton and I loved nothing more than making that little thing bring the stuff up then beeping the items through and running that till, oh the till with all the buttons! and bagging the groceries so good. The bread was never squished when I was in charge. 10. When I was in junior high and Derek was in high school I thought he was totally cute (among many other boys. hey, I was in junior high) 11. If you ever want to feel funny, hang out with me. Not that I'll laugh at your lame jokes, but I have a loud bust of a laugh, it'll give ya boost. 12. I just love laughing and being around laughing people, and I'm so glad I have James to make me laugh everyday. (like today he said mom I know all the seasons, football, basketball, hockey, baseball and soccer. I don't know if someone taught him that or not, Derek said he didn't. Funny kid. 3 year olds are great.) 13. I don't like winter. I hate wearing coats. I'm with you Cristal, too constricting. 14. I hate when people leave time on the microwave...DEREK!... 15. I love to be around people. On those long winter days when I am in the house all day with just the rowdies I am not a happy or productive person.
Ok, that took a long time. Turns out it's hard to think of 15 interesting things about oneself.
And if it wasn't awkward enough, here is one more! Maybe I did have fun in photobooth this fine evening.
Also, speaking of moms and self portraits, mandybakerblog.com is having a GIVEAWAY! It looks like the most fun giveaway, and i want to win it!
Ok, the token halloween post. James only wanted to be Batman for Halloween (he also wants to be Spiderman for Christmas) and Alli didn't really ever decide. So I hit the local wal-mart and just let her pick whatever she wanted, Snow White it was. I have always done matchy costumes for the kids in the past as noted here, here and most recently here, since I couldn't find a super hero girl costume I didn't do matchy, I thought it would bug me but it didn't.
Derek and I hit up a couple of fantastic halloween party's. We were the Spartan cheerleaders (from snl, if you don't know who they are, we probably shouldn't be friends) and as on top of things as I am, I have no pictures of us. I'm kinda bummed, because we pulled it off...kinda...the homemade way... I kinda didn't do so well in the picture taking department this year.
Anyway, we had so much fun at the party's. I think that is why I like Halloween, I love any excuse to go to or throw a party. I'll even talk people into having a party at their house which isn't quite finished and they don't live it yet, haha, thanks whit! (It's pretty much done anyway, you wouldn't have wanted carpet for us to spill on right!?)
The kids went to a birthday party on halloween in the afternoon. BOTH of them gone for 3 hours. (you know I took a nap in there and folding laundry was the most productive thing i did) That is a great neighbor having a loooong party the day of halloween. Way to load them up on sugar before the night of sugar, a good prep you know.
(james wanted to be a football player for the birthday so he could play better at the party, i know, he's weird.)
Halloween night was on Saturday in these parts. (how can you not love that about small town raymond!) It was so nice out. I wore a sweater, a SWEATER! James and his older cousin took off and hit up a couple blocks while we were still having the pizza party at Grandpa and Grandma Baldry's, they came back with tons, TONS! Then Derek and I took around Alli and James with 2 cousins. When we finally were calling it quits, they were chanting 'more houses, more houses!' I figured out later that I totally dressed them too warm. Not good, gotta make them cold so they are ready to quit after a block.
Today, I let the kids go crazy with their candy. They didn't even go too crazy, which is weird for them, but thank goodness. Then, my master plan came into play. I traded them all their candy for Silly Bands! The kids have been wanting them for weeks, I don't really know how my 3 and 5 year old found out about silly bands, but they did, all the rage you know. So while we were walking home form school today we stopped and got silly bands and the candy is done and gone. I do consider myself a genius, yes I do. I went right ahead and had Derek take that candy OUT of the house, because I had been going crazy eating it all over the last couple days myself. I should buy myself something for the trade too.
Well, that was Halloween at the Baldry house. Maybe next post will BE the new Baldry house, maybe, i don't know.
I'm a stay at home mom to my 3 exceptionally fantastic kids and married to my ridiculously good looking husband of almost 10 years. No complaints!
Long ago I decided that a little bit of chocolate everyday is not only ok, it is a very good thing.
"Twenty five years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do, than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover." -Mark Twain