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Monday, September 27, 2010

Highlights from the weekend.

1--It was the weekend.
2--Friday night we stopped at Jimmy Johns for some yummy subs, and pickles! Then we went to Hillcrest to watch my cousin Katie perform in the drill team.

It was the third performance we've seen so far this year, and it's wonderful to see the team improve! She looked so good out there! As for the team, unfortunately the same cannot be said. It was fun to watch though, and the weather was crisp. There were grandparents sitting in front of us, and behind us. It's still weird for me to see older grandma's because I'll always wonder. Wonder how it would have been. Then I fight back the tears, remember the good times, and bring myself back into reality.



The set of Grandparents in front of us were really sweet. Their grandson was number 22 and they were so proud. I shared our seats (you know those fold up seats that you use when you sit on bleachers and they make life so much easier?) with them, and they were just so excited! The set of Grandparents behind us had a daughter who was one of the 5 attendants for Homecoming Queen. I don't think they could be anymore excited, and they convinced everyone around them that she was just so sweet. Later that night, we found out that their Granddaughter actually made Homecoming Queen. It was a nice end to the night, since in a way we knew her so well. I was totally rooting for her.
2--Trav took me to a movie, and I dominated him at the hoop shoot game.
3--Drooled over some other crafts I want to make. I have quite the list for myself. Can't wait to start!!
4--Saturday we did some yard work, cleaned the house, and gave Trey a bath. I *harvested* :) the garden.

Auntie Kristine took Kassi out for lunch and brought back two smothered burritos for Trav and I. So wonderful!! (Thanks AK!) Later that night, we had Mom, Kelly, Levi, and Grandpa Smith over for a BBQ, and watched Avatar! (I don't think I'll ever get sick of that show!)
5--Went 3-0 on my Fantasy Football League. (Woot!)
6--Attempted some pictures of the snuggie and I, and sort of failed. (It's really big!)

6--Watched my boys finally win a game!
7--Played games at Grandpa Wooten's.
8--Called 911 because somehow the propane tank caught on fire. (Cancelled the call because my Uncle saved the day.)
9--Enjoyed a delishous BBQ (Stovetop) dinner with the fam!
10--Spent a little bit of time at home, relaxing with Trav's mom and sister.

It was short, but good times!!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

September is over, and I think I blogged twice.

So, here's the wrap up. AKA--25 (or quite possibly more) blog stories I slacked on, and am compiling into one post.

I didn't think I was up to very much...and then I checked the pictures on my phone.

Two things to note before I start:
1--Phone pictures. Quality. Ew.
2--Random, random, random.

People always ask to see my dog, so I figured I'd take a few pictures of him to keep on my phone. He wasn't as fond as the idea as I was though.

No explanation really needed. Poofy eyes. Hard day. Pretty flowers.

Amy Lou, Alena, Audie, and Danny came down a week after the funeral. It was nice to have company for a long span. Even though I went home everynight, it still felt like a vacation! The first night they were here we went up to the Dam Jam and camped over night. Alena and I formed a sweet bond. (Thanks to cupcake making/Spa Treatment giving/Coloring Apps!) The next day we had a BBQ at our house, and another BBQ at a friends house the next day! It was so good to see my cousins. It's been so long!!

The little cousins enjoyed it, too! Alexis showed Danny a little on the guitar. (It was so cute, I wish I would have had my camera!! Apparently there is no flash on my phone :( )

Other than that, they played games, tag, hung out, and watched movies!

The Nay Family Band (My Aunt/Uncle/Cousins) played on the biggest stage to date!!

Yep! That's right, they were asked to perform for the Kennecot Company party at the Rio Tinto stadium!! The party was two Monday's in a row, and we all agree it was the best gig so far..everything was free including the entry, all food, drinks, candy, popcorn, snowie's...everything!! Then, after the festivities they showed a movie on the big screen (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs). I couldn't get Trav to stay for it the second time but Levi, Harley, and I hung out and watched it with my Aunt and the fam. It was good times!

Levi and Harley stood in line for a total of about 2 hours waiting for a clown to make them balloons. The balloons were popped less than 30 minutes later, but they had fun together. They don't get to hang out very often, so it was good for them to see each other.

A few weeks later Katie had her very first Drill Team performance! The opening game was at the Rio Tinto stadium, so back we were. It was a pretty eventful evening. It was on a Friday night and Trav had planned for us to go to a BBQ at our friends house. I kindly reminded him of Katie's performance and he said he would go to the BBQ but they'd wait for me to be done with the half-time show, and start cooking when I got there.


We get to the real stadium and find out that it's 8 bucks a person, plus 5 for parking. Seriously? Thirteen bucks to watch a 2 minute half-time show? I could care less about the football game, but whatever. Kass and I get up to the ticket booth, ask if we can just go in. We let them know we will only be there for the half-time show.

Shot down.

Paid the money, and went inside.

**Family, if your reading...skip over this part.**

My wonderful family tried to pull a fast one, telling Kass and I that the halftime show started at 7, when in reality...the actual game didn't even start until 7:30. Little liars.

We get all settled in and it starts to rain a little. I'm thinking "Oh, this is awesome...I love the rain!"

Then, it started pouring!!!

We were soaked in no time.

Remember that scene in Dumb and Dumber where they are on the motorcycle and Harry is on the back of the bike and he is absolutely freezing...He can't feel his fingers. Floyd looks back and says "Ooh. Maybe you should wear these extra gloves... my hands are starting to get sweaty."

Yeah...same thing happened with my Aunt and the extra umbrella. Needless to say by the time we got the umbrella, we were soaked.

It didn't *really* phase us though. We ate blue airheads, and enjoyed the rain. The game took forever to get to half-time, so that was kind of frustrating. Finally, the half-time show came, and we were all excited to see Katie perform for the first time on the Drill Team.

Then we heard The Voice.

"Attention, due to severe weather conditions, this evenings half-time show has been cancelled. Sorry for the inconvenience."

What??? Cancelled??? We paid 13 bucks, missed a BBQ, and soaked ourselves all for nothing!!

We left, and made it to the BBQ right on time. 10 oclock.

While we're on the subject of Katie's performances. Let's talk about her second (first) performance. The one where some kid who drives a truck that looks similar to this one:

thought it would be the best idea in the world to create a *third* row of cars by parking behind my car, which was already behind a nice, white suburban.

This definitely made for a not happy Jessica. Come time to leave (before the game was over) I go to my car, and realize that I'm blocked in, both ways.

Long story short--A few walks back and forth from the announcing staduim, cop calls, and *one hour later*, said kid finally comes to move his truck. (No worries. I almost made him cry. I highly doubt he will be blocking someone in anytime soon.)

The best part of this story is the ending. It totally resembled a scary movie where at the end everything repeats itself. You know, like where you think the bad guy is gone forever, and then it changes scene's and now you're watching the scared couple shop in a grocery store, and the bad guy is secretly following them with his new haircut and clothes to complete his disguise. Or something like that.

So, kid finally comes to move his car, I yell at him and walk back to my family. On the way back there is a man talking to the cop.

"Hey, I'm not sure who I talk to if I'm blocked in, but would it be you?"

I shoot him a ifeelsobadforyou smile and say "Good luck, Sir. I was just in the same boat, and waited an hour."

PS--Who does that?? So ridiculous.

Look at the size of this hail!!!

Oh, and if you're wondering why I have green all over my hands it's because I was frantically trying to grab my little green bamboo sticks in which I use to stake my garden, so that I could get a cover over it before the hail completely ruined it.

Oh, you're wondering where Trav was while I was being hit in the head with marbles, trying to fix my garden, almost heartbroken...

He was under the porch. Laughing at me. Saying "By the time you get it covered, it's going to pass...blah, blah, blah I'm a mean boyfriend."

Speaking of garden! Here are a couple pictures from the garden. At first it was really slow, and lots of work for what seemed like nothing, but now it's amazing!! I know now why they call this season "Harvest"! We have had *so* many cherry tomatoes, and cucumbers, and radishes, and about 5 Bell Peppers so far!! I love, love, love it, and can't wait to garden again next year!!

We went to a Bees game the other night, and it was pretty fun. Turns out they are really long, and I know nothing about baseball! Since it was one of the last games of the season, they had a firework show! That, on the other hand, was one of the best firework shows I've seen in a really long time!! It was *so* awesome to be so close to where they were lighting the fireworks off. It seemed like everytime they lit one off, you could actually feel the *boom!* Plus, they played music while they were lighting them off, which I really enjoyed!!

Trav took me to Lagoon a few weekends back. We decided to go on a Sunday, and it was a great idea! We didn't have to wait in any line more than about 5 minutes! We're totally getting old, and Lagoon is not the same as it used to be. I can remember literally begging to stay until close every time we used to go to Lagoon. This last time, we rode our chosen rides 1-2 times, and a few hours later called it a day! As you can see, I wasn't too into the idea of taking pictures. I did grab a few of the Ferris Wheel though! I rode it for the first time ever, which is crazy cuz it's been there for so long!! It was fun though!! Thanks babe :)

I've been looking for an efficient earing holder for forever! I actually almost ordered one off of Etsy, but never got around to it! Then the best thing happened, I clicked over to see what Kevin and Amanda ( were up to, and Amanda had the cutest earing holder craft project up!! So, I tried it, and love it! I'm sure I'll be making more of these! Thanks Amanda!! Good find!

And, last but not least. I saw this picture on the internet (middle one) of a lady with a super cute braid/twist thingy...and I've been trying to duplicate it and have not had any luck yet. I'm determined though!! Does anyone do this?? Is there an easy way to do it? It is so cute!

And holy cow!! If you made it through that, thanks!! :)

Also--For the sake of everyone, the spider picture should be on the next page now!! (Fingers crossed)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


I only *maybe* cried a little when I shipped my iPhone to some man (who in turn, thinks I'm a man..weird.) in Florida.

I'm totally a rookie when it comes to eBay, but I plan on changing that as my first sell was a complete success. (See: Bought my 3GS for 200 bucks and sold it for 426 bucks.)

I hope I don't let it all out when they handover my i4. That would be embarrassing. Today at work is going to be the will I ever get to 5 oclock with this phone constantly on my mind?! I cannot *wait* to go pick up my new love!!

Oh, and speaking of Trav came home from Minnesota last night!! It was so many parts of wonderful! He was gone for 4 days, and it was horrible. I missed him dearly. Plus, I had to kill one spider by myself. I also stuck my hand into a spider web without even knowing, freaked out...and then had to remember to breathe when I saw the guy sitting in the web. Holy Moly.

Oh, and guess what Trav brought for us???

Besides the super awesome hat, and his Vikings hoodie, and my Vikings hoodie (which is better than his)...




A Vikings SNUGGIE!!!! I cannot wait to rock it.

Also, I bet you can't wait for pictures, so I will rock those too!!

Happy Tuesday!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

I love...

these things, in this order:

1) Writing a to-do list.
2) Forgetting to add something.
3) Doing that something.
4) Writing it on my to-do list.
5) Immediately crossing it off.

The feeling of accomplishment is such a great one.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

My biggest fear...or so I thought.

I'm 23 years old and I thought I had it figured out. In all of my 23 years, I've (and most likely anyone who knows me) always known that a spider, little or big...will almost immediately put me into cardiac arrest.

Well boys and girls, I have run into something that is even *worse* than a spider.

Curious? (It might be a good idea to skip the rest of this post. If you're like me, it will haunt you and give you nightmares for the rest of your life...but I just have to share. It's not fair that I'm the only one with this image in my head. So, it's your choice. At least I'm warning you.)

Turns out 1 ginormous spider with hundreds of baby spiders on her "abdomen" will just about make me poop in my pants at the same time that my heart stops.

I'm so glad that (up until Saturday) I've never seen anything like this in my life but why?? WHY, WHY, WHY, WHYYYY did that have to change?

Also, WHY would something like this be chillin on our front porch *days* after we sprayed?? :(

I have no faith in you Ortho. Your supposed spider killing spray is whack.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

A letter to you.

Dear Grandma:

I've thought and thought and thought about how I wanted to express my thoughts on all of this, and the other night as I was laying in the hotel bed (at 12:30am when I couldn't sleep because of everything that's been on my mind) it came to me. I'm going to write you a letter.

When we first moved to Idaho, one of my absolute favorite memories is when I would get something in the mail from you. I loved reading your handwritten (and sometimes typed) letters. They were full of things to make me giggle, and things to make me feel warm and fuzzy, all around.

You were really good at doing that.

One of my favorite packages came a week after we had talked and I told you that I had Strep Throat. I remember laying on the couch, feeling absolutely horrible, when my mom came in from work with a box.

"Your Grandma sent you something today."

I opened that box and there was my very own Grandma-made wubbie, with a handwritten letter to help me forget that I was even sick.

It's been years since that day, yet I still have that wubbie, and I'm very protective of it. It is ripped and sewn in 3 different places, and the pillow is hanging on by a few threads but it is the best blanket anyone could ask for. (You know how that is. You loved your wubbie the same.)


So, where to start? I'm not sure, but I do want you to know that I miss you.

A lot.

I think about you every. single. day. Sometimes it's great because I can think of you and the wonderful memories we have, and smile and I'm okay. But sometimes, it's not as easy. And, then the times that something else is on my mind, the wind will blow, and I will hear the wind chimes and immediately I know you are there with me, and it's comforting.

Speaking of wind chimes. That was really clever. We were (mostly) all in different rooms at the time, and at the time we heard the chimes, we all came together in the living room, and we knew you were okay at that moment. Thank you for that. :)

People probably think I'm crazy, Grandma...I'm so used to calling you on a daily basis that now instead of calling...I pretty much just talk to you. Well, I still call your phone sometimes to hear your voice. The voice that says "See ya later" at the end.


I let you know when I make it somewhere safely, because I always have. I talk to you out loud lots of times when I'm driving by myself. It helps me and calms me down, so I know you are listening.

We had lots of family come down for your funeral, which was nice. It's been a really long time since we've all been together. I wish it was for another reason though. I know we all do. It's sort of a weird feeling when you know everyone has the same thing on the back of their mind, yet, we're trying so hard to make the best of the situation.

Speaking of your funeral though, it was beautiful. I finally met Judge Robertson and Harry Papasideris. You've talked about them all these years and I always sort of pictured what they looked like by the way you described them. I saw them at the viewing. Harry walked right up to me and asked how I was related. When I was able to contain the tears enough to tell him I was your granddaughter, he smiled and said he knew me because of how much you'd talked about me. I saw Judge Robertson and knew right away who it was. She came over, and we talked for quite some time. We talked about how wonderful you were, and she asked what your favorite color was. I think she sent some flowers to the house. I can't even explain how wonderful it was for me to meet those two. You always talked about them, and it was nice to put a face to all of the wonderful things I'd heard.

Travis was a Pallbearer, along with Dad, Uncle Mike and Tom, Uncle David, and Otto. They all looked very nice.

The service was wonderful. I wanted so badly to stand up there and tell everyone how special you were to me, but I couldn't. It was really hard for me. Alexis was nice enough to read a talk that I'd put together. I told three of my favorite stories/memories (that time with Dad and the spider, the cranberry juice hospital story, and of course..the stand tall to lead us all story), and it seemed like everyone was laughing. That was good.

That week is something I don't want to remember as much as I keep you in my thoughts and memories, but there are a few things I do want to remember, so I have noted them here and elsewhere.

You know how you always give Grandpa crap about using his finger when he talks. You say he wouldn't be able to do anything without his finger goin the whole time he's talking? Well, on our last day with you, your finger was going just as much as Grandpas. I thought it was cute.

I'm so glad I was able to leave work and see you there at the hospital. I know you're happy I was there too. I needed to hear you tell me you loved me one more time. And, the hug is something I will always remember, along with the many many hugs you always gave us :)

Linda Mae came down on August 3rd, and now I know why you always talked so much of her. She is so sweet! I know I've met her before, but I couldn't remember. I was really young. I felt like I knew her so well though, because of how you talked of her. I don't blame you though. I think she is such a great lady, and you know what? She really reminds me of you. We went to a gig at the Rio Tinto stadium where the girls played, and I had so much fun hanging out with her, and getting to know her more. I can't believe how much she reminds me of you. I can totally see now how you guys would have so much fun together.

Well Grandma, it's taken me awhile to write this but I want you to know how much I miss you, and how thankful I am that you are my Grandma. I've learned so much from you and I can't wait to share your legacy with everyone, especially my children. I know I always told you this, but I truly hope I'm half as great as you are. I've always wanted to be just like you, and I will be. You've been the perfect example. So, thank you.

Oh yeah...I almost forgot! I went to Price this weekend, and I was freaking out because I forgot toothpaste, and didn't want to have to go to the store my first night there. I finally convinced myself that I would just have to go to the store anyway, either that or check with the Hotel front desk to see if they had any extra toothpaste. Once I got into Price though, I went to the back seat to grab my stuff, and on the floor of your car, in a sample box, was a brand new tube of toothpaste.

Thank you. :) You've always been there to save me from basically any situation. Big or little. Locked out of my car, or simply in the need of some toothpaste. It's good to know that you're still there, watching over me.

I know you don't want me to be sad, so I'm working on that. (It's hard though. Extremely hard.) I'm glad that you are no longer in pain, and I'm sure it was so nice to see your mom again. I just have to remind myself of how lucky I am to have had all of the time that we had together. I love you so, so much, and I miss your smile. I miss your advice. I miss your laugh. I miss how much you made me laugh. I miss your hugs, and how you always knew what kind of day I was having even before I told you. I miss house hunting together. I miss our talks. I miss calling you. I miss watching TV together, and shopping together. I miss my Grandma, and I want her back..but I know you are in a better place. So, until next time...I love you Grandma and thank you for everything.

Talk to you soon.

Ann Marie Wooten 10.24.40 - 8.3.10

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