My History: My Father – Part One

So over a year ago I had bookmarked a site so that I could start writing some of my personal history out. I had great plans that once I got the blog all caught up I could post a little bit daily.

But you all know me and the blog isn’t anywhere near caught up at all. But something inside of me is pulling me to write a little more history type stuff instead of this is what we are doing stuff…I don’t know.

Anyway the site I was originally looking at has now changed up a bit and has a little different of history writing prompts. It’s set up for a few questions each month. It looks kind of fun and I decided I’d start there. These prompts were found at familysearch.org.

I could start at the beginning, but that’s all about goals and well, I’m not great with goals, nor could I answer those questions at the moment. So I scanned down the page a bit more and found that June is all about Fathers, which is fitting.

So we’ll start my history here:

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This question makes me kind of chuckle. I’ve always felt like (and heard from some people) that I resemble my dad more than my mom. In fact, after my paternal grandmother passed away, someone gave my uncle a family history type book. While he was going through it he passed by a picture that he thought looked like me when I was young. I could see why he thought that way and I wish I had the picture to share, but I don’t. The best I can give you is this:

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My dad and I are both fairly quiet people. We both try to avoid confrontation and rarely speak what’s really on our minds. If we have an argument with someone, we just want to walk away and figure it out on our own. (Thankfully, I have a husband who doesn’t let me get away with this during our arguments) We’d rather just pretend nothing happened instead of drawing attention to it.

We both enjoy watching sports (Although he enjoys it more than I do), we have very similar ideas on what camping should entail and we both love sugar more than we should. (I will say he’s done better at cutting down on sugar recently) And in all honesty we both have a bit of a temper. I’m pretty sure we’d also be down for a burger at anytime, anywhere.

Obviously we are also very different as he is a guy and I am a girl. HAHAHA

The first thing that stands out to me in how we are different, is in our likes. I love musicals and my dad really can’t stand them. (We’ll discuss this more in a few days) My dad doesn’t mind roap trips, I can’t stand them. My dad can get really into politics and I try to stay out of politics. The books my dad reads are forever long and look incredibly boring, but he reads a lot.

My dad doesn’t understand why you’d buy a movie after you’ve already seen it. I used to feel the same way, but have since changed my ways and understand just WHY you buy movies after you’ve already seen them.

My dad absolutely HATES noodles. They remind him of worms too much and so he won’t eat them. Me, I can’t get enough. I need all the noodles. All the pasta. All the time.

We both enjoy going to hot tubs when it’s raining or snowing. We’re kind of crazy like that.

My dad is a little more outgoing than I am and has an easier time talking to strangers and telling them his life story. I’m a bit more reserved and really don’t like talking to complete stranger and meeting new people.

My dad is very good with directions and reading maps. It wasn’t until a few years ago I could even tell which was was North, South, etc. My dad enjoys History, I think History is boring.

My dad was the oldest child and I am a middle child. I think this influences our personalities in some ways. We also had different lives growing up. He moved a lot as his dad was in the Air Force. Me? I lived in the same house until I got married. His dad wasn’t very involved as he never had a father figure to teach him how to be a dad, but my dad tried to be supportive and was there when we asked him to be. My dad only has 3 siblings and I have 6.

My dad isn’t on social media and I’m on it way too much. My dad doesn’t own a cell phone and mine is hardly ever out of my sight. My dad doesn’t see the need for a cell phone and that’s just fine. My dad can figure out his own taxes, I’ve never even looked into doing them myself. (Thank goodness for Eric).

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I could go on, but I don’t think it’s necessary. We’ll find out more as the days go on about my dad.

The Dress

Way back at the end of January/start of February, a little boutique I follow on social media launched a new dress. It was an original design that the owner of the shop had finally been able to create and share. It was her own design and she was glad to share it with others.

Now if you know me, you know I’m not a huge fashion guru. Like at all. I’m much more comfortable in my jeans and a t-shirt (usually with a saying) and fancy schmancy just doesn’t work for my day to day life, but…

I loved the dress immediately. I looked at the price and didn’t love it quite as much. Then I looked at the sizes and the largest may not fit me. I debated over and over and over about if I should get the dress or not. I went to bed that night pretty much telling myself to forget about it.

The next day the owner shared a video of her in the dress and I wanted the dress even more than I had before. I asked Eric for his opinion…and I may or may not have purposely sent him a link to the royal blue dress on purpose. He told me that I should get it and he was okay spending the money for it.

I still debated it. It was a huge chunk of money to spend on something that may not fit. I took my question to the Facebook world. Everyone seemed to think I should just buy the dress. So being so great at not falling for peer pressure, I decided to buy the dress.

I think the dress was sold at a slight discount when it first came out and that made it more okay to spend the money. I also realized I had a coupon for $10 off that I could use. I felt a little better when I saw the total after those things came into play.

The dress arrived in only a few days (bonus perk to living in the same state and area as the boutique), but I was scared to try it on. Silly, I know. So it sat for a day or two until I decided I was brave enough to put it on. I had just gotten dressed for the day and so I threw it on over my clothes and was more than thrilled to see that it fit!

It was tight in a few areas and NO DRESS looks good with a pair of jeans bulking out underneath it, but it fit. I was thrilled and couldn’t wait for Sunday to come.

So I put the dress on for church and before heading out the door (9:00 church is hard to get to on time as is) I had Shaylyn snap a few photos. Yes, I need to work on my modeling poses.

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I got a few compliments on the dress and it made my heart so very happy. I felt good in the dress and my husband liked it too. Yay!

So then Easter rolls around…I decide I want to do yellow for the girls, cause I like yellow. I had thought about getting this same dress in yellow, so I went and sadly – no yellow. I then sat on my decision for a couple days and while perusing other sites and finding next to nothing, guess what glorious announcement was made?

Yellow was one of the newest colors to be released in that dress. You better believe me when I say I jumped online and bought that dress ASAP. The only fear I had this time was how well (or not well) yellow would look on me.

I wasn’t as crazy about the yellow on me as I was the blue, but I was still happy. And now I want to get one in black, perhaps. But I own so much black it’s sad. And no, I’m receiving no compensation for this post. I just wanted to share it cause I love it so much. If you’re sold as well, check out SexyModest Boutique. You won’t be sorry.

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The Good Stuff, Day 32

THE GOOD STUFF – DAY 32: FEBRUARY 5, 2017

* I DIDN’T HAVE TO TEACH TODAY
Sometimes I don’t mind, but I enjoyed listening to the lesson instead today.
* THE KIDS WERE PRETTY GOOD
 
* ZACH LOVES BEING IN PRIMARY
He was a major distration for the boys behind me and he was super loud. But he enjoyed all the kids being there. Sadly, I think it was the last time he’ll be in Primary for a long while.
 
* WAS ABLE TO GET A SMALL REST IN
 
* ZACH TURNED 1
It was a bit bittersweet for me, but life happens anyway. He really enjoyed his day and his gifts. And go figure the less expensive the gift, the more he liked it.
* ZACH LOVES CHOCOLATE CAKE
 
* ERIC AND I GOT CAUGHT UP ON A FEW OF OUR SHOWS
 
* ERIC AND I EXERCISED
I’ve been meaning to do something, but always lack the motivation. Somewhere along the way we came up with the idea of Eric joining me. We finally got off of our butts and did it. I’m hoping it’s something we keep up with.

The Good Stuff, Day 31

THE GOOD STUFF – DAY 31: FEBRUARY 4, 2017

* GOT OUT OF BED AND WAS READY TO GO BY ABOUT 9:30 A.M.
We had a few errands to run and we wanted to get an early start.
* HAD A CINNABON FOR BREAKFAST
I had to twist Eric’s arm a bit to stop and get one for me, but he eventually did. I think it was mostly because he wanted a Kickstart.
* FINISHED OUR ERRANDS BY NOON
We had to stop at Home Depot, Petsmart and Walmart.
We were looking for motion lights at Home Depot, a jacket of some sort for the dog (hoping it helps him actually stay out longer to go potty), and then to Walmart for a few groceries and birthday gifts for Zach and one of the kids friends.
* PETSMART HAD AN AWESOME DEAL
We got a coat type thing for the dog for $7!
* WE AVOIDED FAST FOOD FOR LUNCH
It’s super simple to get fast food when you’re out and about, but we were good today and didn’t.
* WE PLAYED OUR NEW GAME WITH TANIS AND SHAYLYN
Shaylyn actually enjoyed it too, which makes it much more enjoyable for Eric and I.
* GOT PANDA EXPRESS FOR DINNER
Eric and I had a pseudo date night at the game store. On the way there, we stopped for Panda Express. We had a gift card that we finally got to make use of. We have $.88 left on it.
* ERIC GAVE UP HIS TERYIAKI CHICKEN
We timed it horribly and they only had enough teryiaki chicken for one serving. Eric had ordered his plate first and upon learning they only had enough for one, told them to switch the chicken to my bowl and he ordered double broccoli and beef.

 

The Good Stuff, Day 30

THE GOOD STUFF – DAY 30: FEBRUARY 3

* CLEANED THE HOUSE WITH A GOOD ATTITUDE
 
* FINISHED A CRAFT 
 
* PUT JANUARY’S DECORATIONS AWAY AND GOT FEBRUARY’S PUT OUT
 
* ERIC GOT HOME EARLY, EVEN AFTER STOPPING FOR GROCERIES
Granted, he had to go back to get some stuff that the checker never put in the bag – but he was still home earlier than usual.
* ENJOYED A GAME NIGHT WITH OUR FRIENDS
We introduced them to Powergrid. Eric won, which isn’t uncommon in that game.
* ZACH WENT TO BED AROUND 8:30 AND SLEPT ALL NIGHT