Sunday, July 20, 2008

Expanding Waistline?

Over the past few years I have noticed a considerable number of pants becoming too tight for me. The mystery lies in the fact that my overall body weight has not increased significantly. I have racked my brain trying to discover the reason behind this change. Much to my excitement, I believe I have discovered why people get big waistlines...they're too smart. As we each grow older we acquire new knowledge that becomes packed into our little brains. I hypothesize that as our knowledge increases, our brain becomes more dense, causing a shift in our center of gravity. This causes a lack of stability and balance. Further evidence can be seen in the loss of balance for the elderly (they're too smart). Luckily our bodies have a way to lower that center of gravity by reallocating some fat down around our middle region (for some it goes even lower, perhaps because they are extremely intelligent). Some experts argue that doing ab crunches "burns" the fat away, but I argue that the horizontal position spreads the fat back to its origins.

This being said, I imagine school is only exaggerating the effects of "waistline gravity distribution" upon my body. So wives, next time you notice your husband's belly squeezing out of the top of his pants like it's trying to escape, just remember how smart he is.

On a completely separate and unrelated topic, Oregon is in full berry season. We now have a freezer packed full of blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries that we picked at local fruit farms (blackberries are almost in season). We have made some really good stuff lately like fresh berry key limeade, raspberry ice cream, and berry chocolate cake (see recent post). This morning I made fresh blueberry sauce for our pancakes. I have been cooking quite a bit of food lately. Let me know if you have a good berry recipe.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008


It's always fun to be reminded of memories that we haven't thought about for awhile, or heaven forbid, forgot about. So please, leave a memory, I'm excited to see what you come up with. I might even learn something about my husband that I don't even know.

1. Leave a comment below about a memory that you have about me and you, or you and Blake. It doesn't matter if you knew me a little or a lot,
anything you remember!

2. Next (if you choose to), re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you. It's actually pretty funny to see the responses. If you leave a memory about me, I'll assume you're playing the game and I'll come to your blog and leave one about you.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Coupons have me buying the most random things

Sorry, I know that a lot of you are probably not interested in my coupon posts, but I had to show off, I was just so proud! I am not nearly as awesome and efficient as other coupon moms, but I'm slowly getting there. So I went to Albertsons today to pick up a few random things I had coupons for, and this is what I got.Kool-Aid x 3 = .60
Crystal Light =3.99 used coupon that makes it free when you buy 3 Kraft products (Kool Aid) also used .50 off coupon (some stores will let you use coupons on free items, which makes you actually "make" money off the item) = .50 overage
McCormick seasoning - 1.00 used .50 off coupon, doubled=free
Clean Team wipes - 1.29 used 1.00 off coupon =.29
Beech Nut baby food x 6- 3.24 used 1.00 off 6 jars =2.24
Excedrin- 1.99 on sale used 2.00 off coupon =free
I had a Safeway coupon (which Albertsons will accept) that allows coupons to be doubled, but maxes out at 2.00, so I got the 2.00 off my total at the end.
Total before coupons = 12.11
Total after coupons = 1.12 at least that's what I should have paid, but now that I'm adding it up, I think the cashier gave me a extra 1.00 off somwhere.
I actually paid only .12 for everything. Cool huh?
The young kid that was ringing my stuff up looked at the total and seemed shocked. He probably thinks he rang it up wrong because the total was so low. As I was walking away I saw him looking at the coupons again, trying to figure it out. I love it!

Friday, July 11, 2008

I love July!

July is one of my favorite months because of all the fun it brings: fireworks, barbecues, corn on the cob, popsicles, parades, boating and so on. Some of those things I haven't been able to do this summer, like boating, but I am still having a great summer. Here are some pictures of our July so far.

Eugene hosted the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials this year and there was so much going on. Blake and I went to the festival at U of O where they were hosting the whole thing and watched some of the events on the jumbo screen. James Parker, a guy in our ward, was competing in the hammer throw, so we went to go cheer for him during the finals. Unfortunately, he didn't make it to Beijing, but he did great anyway and we had fun watching him compete.

James Parker, hammer throwOwen and his new friend, the Oregon Duck.

Owen and Mommy waiting for the fireworks to start.
Owen in his 4th of July outfit. (Sorry about Blake's foot in the picture)
This is our Fourth of July celebration cake. Blake helped even though he doesn't enjoy baking as much as cooking.We are planning a road trip home to Utah later this month, so we are really excited to be able to see our family and friends then. So far, it has been a great July, I'm glad there are still a few weeks left.