Tuesday, February 19, 2008

useless facts your probably better off not knowing about me

I hate these damn things - but after reading my sister-in-law Ashley's I had to do it. It made me laugh and if I can get any of you to laugh at me even for a minute then it's worth it. The picture is of me & Kelly (my BFF) as kids in the Strawberry Shortcake bedroom, I'm the one that closely resembles her pajama's.
1. What time did you get up this morning? 7:10 (Jason said I had to get up, someone has to get my 5 year old to school)
2. Diamonds or pearls? neither. I like colored stones better.
3. What was the last film you saw at the movies? P.S. I Love You (only person with dry eyes in the theatre - my heart is ice cold)
4. What is your favorite show? I miss cable for HGTV - but I'm addicted to LOST & Dallas Season 8 was released a few days ago. Yeeee-ha!
5. What do you eat for breakfast? Coco-roos & choked down a prenatal vitamin
6. What is your middle name? Annette (like my mother-in-law)
This is my beautiful Paige, Me, & my mother in law Annette at Disneyland

7. What food do you dislike? lately leftovers. They make me gag. But a lot of things make me gag right now (stinkin' pregnancy).
8. What is your favorite CD at the moment? either Enchanted, Disney theme park music, or Brother Bear (I love that my kids yell as loud as they can "Welcome to or Family Time" - it's so reflective of us.
9. What kind of car do you drive? VW P-ass-at, with expired plates (that's right Dad, just trying to make you proud)
10. Favorite sandwich? Turkey with cranberry sauce from when I worked at Mayberries and porked up after my mission.
11. Favorite item of clothing? dresses (mostly because there is no waistband)
This is me and almost all my sisters (no Megan) I'm dead center in the dead sexy Rainbow Brite jammies
12. If you could go anywhere in the world for vacation where would you go? Italy, per certo! or somewhere with my in-laws (they can't get enough of me)
13. What color is your bathroom? grayish-tan & black
14. Favorite brand of clothing? anything from Target or the clearance rack from Anne Taylor Loft
15. Where would you Retire? Italy or somewhere near my kids assuming they give me lots of gradbabies to play with.
16. Most memorable birthday? Definately Thanksgiving in bella Roma con tutto di mie amici (aka Missionaries) and the hot Elder Buchanan.
Jason & me - 9 years ago. Yep. I was a sucker for him then, still am.

17. Favorite sport to watch? I liked watching Ashley play volleyball. I like watching Jason play softball. I guess as long as I know someone playing and it's not on TV and I have plenty of snacks I can sit through anything. (strangely enough... I actually really liked the SuperBowl this year.)
This was taken at one of Ashley's vball camps in Utah: Josh PLeribus, Sunny, Ashley & Me
18. Furthest place you are sending this? St. Louis, Conneticut
19. Who do you expect to send this back to you? No one. If they are smart they will delete this and not waste their time (I said "IF"... big "if" there)
20. Person you expect to send it back first? No one. I would be shocked to see it from anyone.
21. Favorite saying? "holy Hell" (I'm not called swearin' Maren for nothing!)
22. When is your birthday? November 26th (sometimes Thanksgiving - it almost always snows on my birthday when I'm in Utah)
Sunny, me, Kelly & Joey (I'm the little boy on the left.)
23. Are you a morning person or a night person? more night than morning. I only wake up in the morning to get Paige off to Kindergarten.
24. What is your shoe size? 9 (but pretty soon they will just be the same as water balloons - these piggies swell when I get knocked up)
25. Favorite food for dinner? Sundays at Annette's - she aslways makes yummy food. Or when Jason cooks Italian.
26. What are you doing today? Preschool from 10-12, Lunch with Jen Greer 12:30 - 2, shoe shopping with Paige for new sneakers for Disneyland.
27. What did you want to be when you were little? a lawyer or a judge
28. What is your favorite candy? Dove milk chocolates or 3 Musketeers
29. What is your favorite flower? Dahlia's the deep red ones or tulips
30. What day are you looking forward to on your calendar? Feb 27th we are going to Disneyland or September 27th because I will no longer be pregnant!
Paige & James in Disneyland last year.
31. What church do you attend? I'm a Mormon, yes I am.
32. What are you listening to right now? James is watching TV in the kitchen and an airplane just zoomed overhead.
33. What was the last thing you ate? coco-roos
34. Do you wish on stars? yes.
35. Do you believe in Angels? yes. my dad has proven that guardian agels do exist and work overtime hours.
36. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? brick red.
37. What is your pet peeve? People who call my cell phone when I'm at home and get annoyed that they can't hear me. Hello! We all know my cell phone sucks!
38. Last person you spoke to on the phone? Annette or Abby Bodily. I left a message on her phone telling her to get up & go exercise with me.
39. Do you like the person who sent this to you? Yes, Ashley & Annette make me laugh.
40. Favorite soft drink? since I am preganat I switched from Coke Zero to regular Coke (trying to be the bigger person and not give the baby too much artifical sweetners. I know it's quite generous of me)
41. Favorite restaurant? I loved Sanguini's Pizza, or whenever we happen on an authentic Italian restaurant. (World's Best in CA had the best Lobster Bisque of my life)
42. Siblings? 4 brothers (or 5 if you count my dad) and 5 wonderful sister's. They are the best sisters anyone could ask for.
My family circa 1983. I'm on the front row wearing the creme Little house on the prarie frock.
44. Favorite day of the week? Saturday - no working or school usually just hanging out with Jason & the kids.
45. Spring or Fall? Fall
46. Hugs or kisses? depends where they are coming from. Hugs from Jason because he kisses disgusting on purpose to tease me. But kisses from my kids because they are genuine & sweet.
47. Chocolate or Vanilla? chocolate
48. Do you want your friends to e-mail you back? why. then I would waste more time of this damn thing and ignore my kids.
49. What is under your bed? I try not to look under there too often. Probaby Jason's bow, broken arrows, a container full of papers & crap, back massager, heating pad, extension cords, socks, abs workout thinger, food storage, maybe an old pet... who knows or cares. Until we move I will probably never really know and I'm okay with that.
50. Who's the friend you've had longest? Kelly (does that count! We were BFF's from the start) if not Bea, Tara or Megan Gillings
51. What did you do last night? mopped my kitchen floor and then watched The Madness of King George and pretended to clean the guest/library/computer room.
52. Favorite smell? clean clothes, clean kids, clean sheets
53. What are you afraid of? someone or something hurting my kids
This is my mom & dad in Utah with Paige & James

54. How many keys on your key ring? 2
55. How many years at your current job? 9 (does being married to Jason count as a job or going to school?) preschool is almost 2 years. IQ Abacus is 1 year 5 months. Marriott (if I pretend I work there) is 4 years.
56. Favorite city to visit? either PG, UT because of my family or St.Johns, AZ because everything is so relaxed there and I can really enjoy myself and not stress over little things. (Ha. ha you thought I'd say Anaheim... but really what is there to the city outside of a few square miles)
57. How many towns have you lived in? 4 in Italy, 4 in Utah, 1 in AZ = 9
58. Do you make friends easily? Depends on how you define "friends" - I can be nice to people.
59. What do you miss the most about the 80's? the old school Strawberry shortcake dolls that smelled great, my strawberry shortcake room in the Spanish Fork house, being a kid, and living under the same roof with all my siblings and my crazy mom and crazier dad.
This is my best house - The Spanish Fork House - I'm on the back row middle left side.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

don't let the bed bugs bite

This what I found outside my bedroom door about 11 pm last night. James has never been a good sleeper. 6pm naps, waking up at 5 some mornings, rarely staying in his bed for the entire night, actually sleeping through the night is pretty much unheard of... that's my difficult sleeper.

But moments like these... I wouldn't trade him for the best sleeper. He is my James and I just figure I will train him to get up with the baby and Jason & I can get a good nights sleep for once.

goofy golfing with 3 goofballs

Last week we decided to have a family day and took the kids "goofy golfing" at Sun Splash. It was a lot of fun. More so then I would have guessed. It's funny because you always think your kids are too young to do certain activites until you take them and realize it was perfect. I love that this shot looks like a PGA serious moment.


We had James constantly trying to steal our balls from us and Paige who was determined to make it in the hole even if it took her 500 shots. She was so serious and cute about it. The course was pretty busy and we had some wait time and people shooting right behind us. We had to be quick on our feet to keep James from stealing their balls or messing up their shots.

We had a couple behind us on a blind date. They guy knocked his ball off the course and I grabbed it and went to hand it back to him, thinking he might want to restart the shot - I was just short of being reprimanded for touching his ball. How dare I? And yet I don't really wonder why he is still single.

This was my handsome partner. One serious deadly weapon with a club. Yes, we did sword fight. James won - I gave up early worried about loosing my head or other members of my body.

Taking a moment of downtime. After wards we took the kids out to eat at On the Border - it was okay (actually ... yuck) I had the worst Chimichanga of my life and it doesn't help that I'm nauseated and after 2 bites I wanted to throw up (but the changa really wasn't good). The day was a blast and the kids had a lot of fun. They thought it was pretty cool that we went inside a castle. We let them play one game and of course it was a candy game. I love family time!

Thursday, February 7, 2008

a Christmas wish answered... come September

So anyone who hasn't heard yet... yes. The Buchanan's are going to have a baby come this September. I'm not sure how it happened (yeah. I get the mechanics... I do have 2 kids) - But it's just that Jason & I don't really see too much of each other and after an exausting day of work, school, being on call, preschool, doing homework, research for thesis, paying bills, sewing group, YW, and kids, all you really have energy for is sleep. So I really think I give credit to Paige for this one. She has put in countless hours praying, wishing, and begging for a baby for the longest time. All her hard work millions of wishes on stars and countless letters to Santa apparently paid off. (She's got a lot of clout with the bearded fella - so if you want something for next year you might want to bribe her early to include it in her letter(s)).



That's it... I'm eight weeks and thrilled. We'll keep praying that everything goes smoothly & the baby is healthy and I can make it through an Arizona summer as a swollen beached whale with some speck of self-esteem in tact at the birth of our 3rd child (people can say the most interesting things to pregnant women and think it's okay)