Let's play Tag

A. The rules of the game are posted at the beginning.
B. Each player answers the questions about themselves.
C. At the end of the post, the player then tags 5 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know that they have been tagged and asking them to read your blog.

5 things I was doing 10 years ago
1. I was in eighth grade at Kenmore Junior High
2. Crushing on Bryan Hurley
3. Wearing dark lip liner with lighter lipstick
4. Dreaming of turning 14 and getting a dance card
5. Watching Newsies all the time with Abby

5 things on my to-do list today
1. Wrap presents
2. Finish this blog entry
3. Write some Christmas cards
4. Gather stuff to spend the day at my in-laws
5. Call the pediatrician

Snacks I enjoy
1. Chocolate
2. Ice Cream
3. Cheez-its, raisins and chocolate chips--yes, together
4. Popcorn (freshly popped over the stove with olive oil is preferable, but microwave is good too.)
5. Chocolate

Things I would do if I were a billionaire
1. Pay off my house--scratch that: buy a new house with a huge yard
2. Let my husband retire, if he wanted
3. Serve a mission with Tom (or two, or three, or...)
4. Encourage my children to be financially wise
5. Give, though I'm not sure how or to whom

3 Bad habits
1. Biting, or otherwise ripping off my nails, especially during movies
2. Reading compulsively--once I start I can't stop
3. Eating chocolate--see above.

5 Places I've lived
1. Born in Torrance, CA
2. Grew up in Bothell/Kenmore, WA
3. Provo, UT for school
4. Kent, WA
5. umm, that's all.

5 Jobs I've Had
1. Babysitter
2. Springtime Daycare employee
3. Testing Center employee, BYU
4. Nanny
5. Mother--are you seeing a trend?

5 Things People Probably Don't Know About Me
1. I'm currently working on two novels
2. I check my email obsessively
3. I have been skydiving
4. I recently overcame the completely irrational fear of going to the post office and bank.
5. I would always rather be 20 minutes early than 2 minutes late--to anything

So now I'm supposed to tag five people...
Sarah, Sonnet, Kristy, Emily, and Sara


The Goose is Getting Fat

I cannot believe that Christmas is almost here! Yikes! Since we only have one car, I only have it one day a week when I drive Tom to work. I just realized that this is my last day before Christmas with the car and without Tom. Most of the shopping for the kids is done, but I haven't even had time to think about what I want to get for him, and here's my last chance! That's not so good, Al.

I don't know what the deal is, but I have had two cranky kids today. Ella woke up grumpy, and Rico spent an hour and a half screaming. Luckily he calmed down before we went Visiting Teaching. That would have been fun... umm, no. Ella pitched a fit when we left (they have fun toys and kids her age at that house) which did not make me happy, since I knew we had to get the emissions tested and go to Costco all before naptime. Gratefully she calmed down and Rico fell asleep in the car and so far so good. Now I just have to convince Ella to take a nap.

I just got a new monitor (thank you dad) for my computer, and the color is not quite the same. My blog background used to be a nice ocher, but now it's looking a little more canary yellow, not quite what I was going for. Oh well, I guess I'll just have to experiment with some new templates.



While I can't be sure, I believe that the last time our Hardy family was ALL together was Christmas 2004. Tom and I accompanied my parents and brothers to visit Sarah, Zach and their brand new baby, Aly, and drop Grant off at BYU. That's at least the last time we stopped to pose for a family picture.

After that Grant spent winter and spring at BYU, returning to work for the summer before leaving on his mission around Thanksgiving 2005. Sarah and family were in DC that summer, and I don't think they made it out before Grant left, but I could be wrong.

Today, all four siblings were reunited. Tom was at work, and Zach is taking finals in Michigan, so the full-meal-deal will have to wait for Tuesday, but it was still great!

This isn't the greatest picture of me. I'm looking a little double-chinned, and my shoulder is a little awkward, but I'm with great company, and that's what counts!


Movie Weekend

I'm not one for seeing movies in the theater. Not that I don't enjoy it, but I don't usually like to spend the money, when I could wait 6 months and buy it for the same price. But there are exceptions.

When I first heard that The Golden Compass was coming out, I thought it would be fun to take my brother Grant to see it, since he loved the books, and it came out the day after he got released from his mission.

We went opening day. I enjoyed the movie, but since I had read the book so recently I was a little disappointed in the discrepancies/exclusions. I know that they could not possibly include everything from the book in the movie, because there's just too much, but sometimes the things they change bug me. And this goes for all book-to-movie conversions.

Saturday, Tom and I had been planning on spending the day with my family, spending the night up in Kenmore, and attending church in Bothell 2nd Ward on Sunday. Saturday morning at 3:00 am, Tom woke up with the flu. Instead of totally canceling our plans, my family came and kidnapped the kids and I, and we left Tom in bed. Though I felt bad for not being able to be there to wait on him, I'm sure he got more rest and quiet than if we had stayed.

Saturday night I went ahead and spent the night at my parents, and Jon talked me into going to a movie I had never heard of--August Rush. It was soo good. My only regret is that I can't buy it right now and watch it again. I fully recommend that each on of you see it.

It's an Odd Blog World

The funny thing about blogging is that there are things you can't write. Like this morning I've been working on something for my mom, but I can't post a picture, or even say what it is, because she just might read it.

And while it is not good to complain about others, doing so on one's blog is excessively risky, because for all you know, they read your blog. Example: Kim, a lady in my ward, had randomly found my blog and had been reading it. I have nothing against this, of course, but I would have felt really bad if I had complained about our ward activities committee (of which she is chair) or something.


Yay for Brothers

My brother Grant just got home from his mission in VA last night. He (and my parents and brother Jon) spent the day here. It was a blast. Grant kept referring to himself as Elder Hardy (answering the phone: "This is Elder Hardy") and has made it his mission to train Jon in the next two weeks. Jon enters the MTC on the 19th on his way to the Washington DC South Mission.

I love my brothers and am so happy to see them serving the Lord!

Ella was deathly afraid of Grant at first. She would say his name, but would not voluntarily touch or even really look at him. When my dad handed her to Grant, she started crying and ran away, traumatized. It was quite sad. She did warm up and give him a hug good-bye. :) Rico, of course, had no problem with the situation, and was just glad to be held.


A loaf of dinner

I've been into loaf dinners recently. Think yummy food wrapped up in a loaf of freshly baked bread. Last night we had stroganoff loaf. Yum. Tonight, it's ham and cheese stromboli (I like that word). Both recipes call for using frozen bread dough, but I made my own, and it worked just fine.

For the Stroganoff loaf, brown 1 lb hamburger, add 1/2 cup onions and a clove (or more) minced garlic. Stir in 1 can mushrooms, drained, and 8 oz. cream cheese (I used fat free). Roll dough out to 12x18 inch rectangle and add the meat mixture lengthwise. Pull the long sides up over the mixture, seal, and seal the ends, tucking them under. Bake for 30 minutes at 350. Serve with a white sauce.

For the Stromboli, roll out dough to 12x18 inch rectangle. Layer cheese, (I used mozzarella and cheddar, but the recipe called for swiss, cheddar and colby) thin sliced ham, and broccoli florettes to within an inch of the edge. Sprinkle (generously) with garlic powder and roll up cinnamon roll style (starting with a long side). Seal the ends and bake at 350 for 20 minutes, then cover with foil and bake another 15-20 minutes.


So much for the snow

It continued to snow most of the day Saturday. We went out and made a little snowman--little being the operative word. Around dinnertime it started raining and has been raining ever since. Oh well, it was nice while it lasted.

I think I'm a bookaholic. Once I get going, it's so hard to quit. I have decided that I need to reinstate my book fast until I'm done with school. There will be a few exceptions, of course, but I need to refocus. I have Extras (the fourth book in the Uglies Trilogy) on hold at the library, and after my I finish my nutrition class I get to read The Work and the Glory volume 9, but other than that, I've got to take a break. Otherwise I may never graduate, and that would be lame since I only have a class and half left.

The kids slept in this morning. Usually they (and therefore I) get up around 7:00. Sometimes a little earlier, sometimes a little later. This morning I got up to feed Rico around 6 and heard Ella making some noise. I went back to bed anyway, figuring we'd be up before long. I woke up at 9:20 and everyone was still asleep! I don't know what happened. Rico woke up at quarter till 10, and Ella finally woke up at quarter till 11. So much for naptime, but it was well worth it!


Let it Snow!

We woke up this morning to the first snow of the season! A thick blanket of white covered the grass, plants and roofs, leaving the streets clear. It unfortunately melted quickly, but it is now coming down in picturesque little flurries.

I love snow! There is nothing better than listening to Christmas music and working on Christmas decorations while it is snowing outside!