Wednesday, October 24, 2007


These quizzes are fun. I always try them but never post. This one was interesting so I thought I would share....
you are cadetblue

Your dominant hues are green and blue. You're smart and you know it, and want to use your power to help people and relate to others. Even though you tend to battle with yourself, you solve other people's conflicts well.

Your saturation level is lower than average - You don't stress out over things and don't understand people who do. Finishing projects may sometimes be a challenge, but you schedule time as you see fit and the important things all happen in the end, even if not everyone sees your grand master plan.

Your outlook on life can be bright or dark, depending on the situation. You are flexible and see things objectively.
the html color quiz

Thanks Laurie :)

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

...the heart that has truly loved never forgets...

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Daddy and Jenni 1975

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Daddy and Jenni 1977

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Mother (2 months before her death), Bate, Daddy, John, Janna and Jenni 1979

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Daddy and Jenni 1987

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Daddy and Jenni 1993 (5 months before his death)

14 years gone and still in my heart.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

meme via katri

1. Three biggest fears? (besides anything bad happening to a family member/child)
a. Car Accident --I haven't been in one in more that 10 years but I am paranoid.
b. People coming over when my house is a wreck
c. Raising someone else's kids (not the kids just the situation)
2. When was the last time you danced? more than just around the house...BIL wedding
3. Do you creep on stranger's blogs? Yeah, sometimes just to avoid having to post on my own or to get ideas.
4. If you could go back to be any age for a day, what age would you be and why? 21, I loved the time when CW and I were dating/engaged.
5. Are you a good liar? Not really
6. Do you judge someone when you can tell they've had elective cosmetic surgery? yeah, because I think if you can tell it probobly wasn't such a great idea. Of course I am talking about a stranger not someone you would know.
7. If you have children, what's one thing that you always told yourself you'd never do when you had kids? If you don't have children, what's one thing you tell yourself you'll never do. (Psst! You. Yah, you. The one without kids. Guess what? You'll probably do it.) I told myself I would never spank or yell. I try really hard not to do either but sometimes it's hard (mostly yelling, I only spank when it's warranted usually when my kids are putting themselves in danger).
8. What's something that totally grosses you out? A clogged toilet nothing is quite so gross.
9. Do you ever delete forwards without reading them? yes pretty much always unless it's someone that wouldn't usually send something of that nature.
10. Do you ever lie to get out of obligations? I try extra hard not to.
11. Consider your body weight and your yearly income at their present states. Would you rather be 200 pounds heavier and $200,000 richer or stay at your present states? I will gladly stay right where I am. I have come to terms with the fact that I will always be heavy, it doesn't mean I won't try to improve, that being said 200 more pounds would be disastrous. Monetarily I don't feel like $200,000 would make that much of a difference right now, I have more than enough.
12. When was the last time you bought a pair of shoes and what were they? I bought a pair of black and white polkadot ballet shoes that I gave to my sister when I went to AZ.
13. The Olympics. Take them or leave them? I like the winter better than the summer, but don't usually pay to much attention to sports.
14. What's your favorite accent? English
15. What's your favorite scent? Fruity
16. Gum or breath mints? Gum
17. If you could look like any celebrity, who would it be? I think Evangaline Lilly is really hot so her maybe???
18. If you had the chance of looking like said celebrity in exchange for your thumbs would you do it? no way
19. Do you religiously wear sun screen? Nope.
20. Do you generally trust people/their motives or doubt people/their motives? Trust.
21. Would you describe yourself as a complicated person or is what you see what you get? What you see is what you get.
22. Do you watch what you eat? I am trying
23. Do you watch what other people eat? no
24. Do you judge how other people raise their kids? It depends on the kids, although I try to be understanding having an uncontrollable kid myself.
25. Do you judge people who dress poorly? no, esp when I dress pretty poorly myself
26. Do you judge people who are homely? no
27. Do you judge people who are overweight? I wouldn't call it judging as much as comparing
28. Your interest in politics: High, Medium-High, Medium, Medium-Low, Low, Obsolete? Medium, I think I know more than some people but less than others.
29. Favorite song of all time? Pride U2
30. Acoustic or electric? Acoustic
31. If you were a hermit, would you shave? no and I would be the hairiest woman alive, I wish I could just eliminate hair (except on my head)
32. If you could shave your head without your significant other throwing a complete hissy, would you? no
33. What was your least favorite age? 18-21 it was the best of times, it was the worst of times
34. How many times a day do you check your email? many
35. Are you in a tiff with anyone right now? nope, not that that isn't possible at any moment with on of my sisters...just not currently.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

State Fair of Texas

It's our tradition to do something really fun as a family for our kids birthdays rather than parties. Sooooo...for the 2nd year in a row Alex chose the state fair. Fun was had by all:)

Alex on the giant slide, his birthday ride

Lily is such a flirt, she embarrassed this cute boy by talking his ear off.

Alex and Lily on the giant Ferris Wheel with Dad.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

10 years ago today...

As I left the house I found a note on the door thanking me for everything I do for our family (at this point it was just us). CW was still in bed after a late night. I had a fairly early doctor's appointment. The clinic, located at St. Mark's in Salt Lake City, was full and it took about an hour for me to go in to see the doctor. She checked me and said I was dialated to 5 cm and that I should go straight up to labor and delivery. I was pretty freaked out but realized that CW would have no way to get to me as we only had one car and not much in the way of friends. The gave me half an hour to go and get him and just to make their point threatened to send an ambulance if I wasn't back. Being my first baby I didn't know better. We arrived back at the hospital at exactly noon. The doctor came and broke my water and gave me some demerol. She can back and forth checking on me and at 5pm was surprised when I hadn't delivered. I was ok for a couple of hours until I started vomiting. I got scared at that point because the pain was pretty bad so I ask for an epidural. It took a little while for the doctor to come but they got it in I felt much better and actually slept for a little bit after that. The hospital was pretty busy that evening with 7 other women delivering from the same clinic and only one doctor on call. We were lucky to have a nurse midwife with us the entire time. She commented that conference weekend was always very busy (it was the Friday of Conference weekend) I had a little bit of a problem pushing at first because I couldn't feel anything, I pushed for about an hour. Alexander Calderwood Speer was born at 8:41pm. He weighed 8lbs 1oz and was a whopping 23 inches long.

So wanted to put pictures in of Alex at 10min, 10days, 10 weeks, 10 months, 5 years, 10 years... but nothing works (darn Vista), can't get the scanner to work or the card reader... bah.

Not Alex, Elijah Bate born 10/03/07

And another thing, my baby sis had her baby today so that means the oldest and the youngest grandchildren are 10 years apart to the day. She named him Elijah Bate (my little bro is Bate btw, see previous pic he is the shorter one)