Friday, July 27, 2007


I just wanted to post a quick note to say that my doctor told me at our last visit, that Dave and I can find out the gender of our baby at the next visit. That will be August 21st, and I can't wait! At that point we will either have a little girl, or a little boy, no longer an it. I have decided for the time being to call the baby Taylor. It's one of those names that isn't gender specific. Or maybe Jordan; I think I might like that name better. I promise to post again soon... with pictures, but I did want to updated you all on the baby.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Melanie 101

So I wrote the title of this blog as though it was some sort of course, but then laughed when I realized that fits even better than that. Everyone seems to have an FYI post in their blogs just letting you know a little bit about them. I really like the idea, and love reading everyone elses, so I decided to do the same thing with a 101 things you might or might not know about me. So here it is:

1. I have the longest tongue in the world. AND I can swallow it.
2. Even if I had the world's BEST body, I don't think I would feel comfortable in a bikini.
3. I loooove vegetables. I will take a good cucumber over my favorite candy bar ANY day.
4. I am the queen of the wild frontier and am proud of it! I don't know any other Mrs. Davy Crocketts out there.
5. I am great at playing mind games with myself. My parents have always told me I have a strong will, but I never really understood what they meant until recently. When I say I play mind games, I mean that I can control my brain to almost a frightening extent. I am my own best psychologist.
6. I am the second oldest of five children. Three girls and two boys... in that order.
7. When I got married, I was gifted 15 nieces and nephews.
8. I am pregnant, and much less neurotic than I thought I would be about it.
9. My dad had polio and it still makes me laugh when people ask me what is wrong with my dad.... I always forget what they are talking about. I love my dad.
10. Although I like vegetables, I would NEVER choose to eat zuchinni, although, if it was given to me, I would not refuse it.
11. I HATE throwing up.
12. I have had seven knee surgeries... and counting.
13. I am content to sit in the middle of a busy room and not say a word to anybody, but when I am in a small group, I feel the need to talk to everyone.
14. I get tired of my weaknesses; I just want to be a good person.
15. I don't feel loved by just one person in the entire world, and I really don't like the way it feels.
16. I would MUCH rather write with a pencil than a pen.
17. I like to write, but not for anyone else.
18. I prefer dogs to cats, but my husband doesn't. Neither one of us feels passionate about getting animals though... if we do I guess it will be a fish.
19. I LOVE shirt shopping and HATE pant shopping.
20. I have a 36 inch inseam... thus the bad feelings about pant shopping.
21. I know that I view myself as bigger and fatter than I really am.... but I am ok with it.
22. I am an adrenaline junkie.
23. I don't really care what others think.... but don't ask me to sing in church; it almost kills me every time.
24. I really LOVE my life.
25. I have a very dynamic family.
26. I don't really like plain chocolate.
27. I am taller than the average man, and even though everyone has a different opinion about what that height is, it doesn't matter because I am taller than all of it.
28. I LOVE being tall. I can't say enough about it... I LOVE being tall.
29. My first boyfriend was a drug-addict, and still is to this day... what was I thinking!
30. I broke up with my first boyfriend because a) I was 14 b) I had no idea what I was doing and c) I found out he got drunk. (I didn't find out he was on drugs till later).
31. Being the best you can be is SO worth it.
32. I love to brush my teeth, and not just for a couple of minutes, I can go for a good hour... just as my fam.
33. I got attacked by a dog when I was 7.
34. I have had lots of stitches for various reasons.
35. I LOVE the summer. I know each season has its up-side, but I would love if it was blazing hot year round.
36. I really like playing any sports any time anywhere.
37. I graduated college in Athletic Training. It really is my passion.
38. Nothing gets me more nervous than watching my siblings play sports.
39. I play the piano and am so grateful my mom made me when I was little.
40. I have a knack for intimidating people. I never mean to, but it happens.
41. Even though I intimidate a lot of people; I have been bullied.
42. I like to shoot guns.
43. I don't care what is in them.... I really like hot dogs.
44. Dave and I want to have as many kids as possible and still be good parents to each one.
45. I can never stay awake watching a movie late at night... even if it's at the theaters.
46. It's important to me to do a good job at whatever I am doing... doesn't matter what it is.
47. I care more than I let on. I don't do this on purpose; it's just the way I am.
48. I can't hide ANYTHING. I wear everything on my sleeve.
49. I have had dogs named: Dusty, Mona, and Megan (we had another one I was afraid of, but I can't remember it's name. I was too little.
50. I have seen the placenta of a guinea pig. It was gross and I thought for sure it was something terrible, and that the mom guniea pig was dying.
51. I have lived in Texas, California, Montana, Washington, Idaho, and Utah.
52. Someday Dave and I REALLY want to go to Australia.
53. I get embarrassed when I am "overly" complimented.
54. I get frustrated when I am used, or taken for granted.
55. I am working on not getting frusted when #54 happens.
56. I LOVE to sing. And so does my hubby; I am one lucky girl.
57. I LOVE the water. Any water, any time, anywhere.
58. I was the ugliest little kid, but I didn't know it :)
59. I am happy with the person I have become, but still want to be better.
60. Don't worry, I don't think I am ugly anymore.
61. I sleep TERRIBLY when camping.
62. I can't remember the last time I missed all three hours of church. It's my goal to never miss unless I will be endangering someone else.
63. I have been sick A LOT in my life. I don't like feeling yucky, but I sure enjoyed the bonding that happened when someone was taking care of me. I still remember cuddling on the couch with my dad when I was a little girl while we watched Scrooge, and I threw up in the bowl he was holding for me. I also remember how nothing could soothe me so well as my mom stroking my hair, and tucking it behind my ears as I lay there.
64. I ADORE my brothers. I don't know what it is, but I have an abnormally huge soft spot in my heart for each of them. I always LOVE whenever my mom updates me on how they are doing.
65. I have never driven a boat, and don't think I ever want to.
66. I HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE spiders. I would rather run into a snake, cockroach, earwig, insect of any sort.... I just HATE spiders.
67. If I could only smell or see a flower... I would rather smell it.
68. I know I am smart, but for whatever reason, I would never say that out loud. I am just content knowing I can do whatever is required of me or my brain.
69. If I had to eat out all day long, I would eat breakfast at IHOP, lunch at Olive Garden, snack at Jamba Juice, and dinner at the Grand Chinese Buffet in Orem.
70. I put on 30 pounds once and didn't even know it.
71. I took off that 30 pounds and didn't really know that either :)
72. Even though I can't ever remember dates and some detail, I LOVE church history.
73. I never thought being pregnant would be this hard. I have been so miserably sick that I don't even like salad anymore.
74. Someday I want to travel.
75. I LOVE sushi!!!!!
76. I don't mind blood, poop, vomit, you name it... I just can't handle snot. Nothing makes me want to toss my cookies more...
77. I am on a gratitude kick lately; it is such an important principle.
78. I like to donate blood. It's kind of hard for me so I always feel really good when I have done it.
79. I know I have talked a lot about Dave, but I married the best person in the world. He is a self-made saint. I am so lucky.
80. I can't stand being in the dark. I always open every window, every chance I get.
81. If Dave and I ever get to build our own house, I want a really big kitchen, a really big tub, and a really big shower with lots of shower heads.
82. I really like kitchen utensils. I have no idea where this came from, but I could stay for hours in kitchen aisles at the store.
83. I have terrible eyes. They are so bad I can only wear hard contacts.
84. I really like sticky things like duct tape, and stickers.
85. I love having green eyes. I wouldn't mind having green eyed babies, but I would like a brown eyes baby in there too please.
86. I have the smallest fingers out of my sisters which, is strange because I am by far the biggest.
87. I have an overwhelming sense of justice.
88. I would rather button my pants than zip them.
89. I don't ever have a favorite color. I always hated this question as a child because I really like all the colors.
90. I love to organize things.
91. I don't like spending money. I have always been a saver.
92. I saw a frog get run over by a truck once, but after about 5 minutes, it re-inflated, and hopped away. TRUE story.
93. I have Raynaud's Syndrome; nobody knows what that is. I have a hypersensitivity to cold. When I get that way, my exremities lose blood and turn chalk white, and it HURTS.
94. I like to sneeze.... it tickles :)
95. I can't ever see myself having any kind of cosmetic surgery.
96. I got my little sister to eat a slug once.... I still don't think I have paid her for it; whoops!
97. People either tell me that I look exactly like my older sister ( we have been asked if we are twins a couple of times ) or nothing at all; not even in the same family. We always laugh when we hear either one.
98. I am the only blonde haired green eyed, fair skinned member of my family. The rest have dark dark hair, mostly blue eyes, and olive skin.
99. I always feel really bad after I have done something wrong. I am also quick to apologize.
100. I really want to be a good mother; it's so important to me that my kids make good decisions.
101. I have enjoyed my stay here in Utah, but I CAN'T WAIT to move away.

Monday, July 2, 2007


I have felt so terribly lately. I am pregnant, and I DID NOT think it would be this bad. I have thrown up quite a bit, so losing weight isn't all terrible... unless there is something inside of you relying on you to feed it well! At about 7 weeks I couldn't keep anything down, so finally at 11 weeks, I tried what my Dr. recommended at my first appointment... Unisom. I was so hesitant to take a sleeping pill because I have to work and didn't want to be drowsy. Well this little pill has been a miracle. I wish I wouldn't have waited so long to start taking it. I still don't feel peachy, but I can at least hold my food a little better. I have been on Unisom for 6 days and have only thrown up one day (today in fact). I have so appreciated the little bit of comfort and help it offers. And don't forget; it is a sleeping pill, so I have been snoozing well each night. I am sure I am the last to figure this special secret out, but for anyone else whom this might apply to, you should definitely try it.