November 5, 2009

Imagine me doing a Miss America wave

About two months ago, while we were down at Primary Children's for Alayna's surgery, my friend Heidi over at Austin Knows Best, awarded me this Zombie Chicken blog award.

I was so terribly flattered! Truly I was and I meant to blog about it right away but with all the craziness surrounding the surgery and just the every day to day, I just... didn't. I still thought about it, but I found myself having a hard time deciding which 5 blogs to choose.

The REALLY funny thing is, I had FINALLY picked my five blogs when, one of the blogs I was going to award, awarded me another blog award! (sorry for using the word "award" a lot but I'm sure you'll all be rewarded for putting up with all these awards). I switched some of the blogs around and decided to spotlight some of the ladies from my "Mom-based businesses" section throughout these two blog awards so, here you go.

Okay okay, first things first. Heidi, I hope you forgive me for taking to long to post this.

"The blogger who receives this award believes in the Tao of the zombie chicken-- excellence, grace, and persistence in all situations, even in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. These amazing bloggers regularly produce content so remarkable that their readers would brave a raving pack of zombie chickens just to be able to read their inspiring words. As a recipient of this world-renowned award, you now have the task of passing it on to at least 5 other worthy bloggers. Do not risk the wrath of the zombie chickens by choosing unwisely or not choosing at all."

The five bloggers I'm awarding this award to are:

Valerie over at Valerie's attempts at Pondering.
If she's not posting great recipes (reading her blog ALWAYS makes me hungry), she's posting great insights!

Holly (who happens to be married to my brother) over at the Smith Brigade.
You think you've got it tough? Read a few of her stories and suddenly you'll feel SO much better! (Have YOU tried raising five young kids, with twins in there, without your husband who is in Iraq for a year and has no family around?)

Michelle at Red Roof Designs
An amazing Graphic designer, her announcements are truly incredible. I check out her designs for inspiration although I certainly lack her awesome talent.

Lauren at SuperMom Central
She regularly has interesting tidbits, great craft ideas for kids, and cool giveaways.

Kandis at My Creative Treasury
Professional scrapbooker and cardmaker, this girl has the talent. She blog is fun and her stuff is amazing. She's in several magazines and has a work room I drool over. Oh, and she's my neighbor.

Okay, moving on to the next one! By the way, doing the Miss America wave while typing about these awards? Very tricky... just so you know.

Valerie at Valerie's Attempts at Pondering, gave me this next blog award the other day. I feel so special! I was really surprised when she chose me, considering all the other blogs she had to choose from. Thanks Valerie!

The rules of accepting and sharing this award are:

*Thank the person who gave the award and link to their blog.
*Share "10 Honest Things" about yourself.
*Present this award to 7 others whose blogs you find encouraging, inspiring, or brilliant.
*Contact the bloggers and inform them they've been given this award.

Lili over at Liliblogs
A friend and a bookbinding Goddess, I had a chance to work with her for a while years ago at BYU. She's so fun and so is her blog. Be sure you check out her bookbinding blog too!

Special K and Minnie over at I Learned That In College
I can guarantee you one thing, you WILL laugh.

Nicole at QuickSnail
Fun recipes and awesome crafts! Definitely a site worth checking. I confess her blog makes me a little jealous. I miss being able to make things all the time.

My Mom over at Sisters of Zion
If you enjoy having gospel discussions with other women, this is the site for you. My mom set this up with the intent that women could go and strengthen each other through the gospel.

Kira at Holladay Home and Heart
A fellow mom of four young kids, she writes about her wonderful family. But she is also honest about the challenges of raising young kids.

She writes about her day to day life and all that it entails.

Okay! If you are still with me and still awake, perhaps you'll be able to make it through these 10 honest things about me.

1. Oh dear, here we go. I... I... I HAVE to color and size coordinate the dishes when I put them into the dishwasher or I go CRAZY! Its true. The plates makes their way down from one side to the other starting with the largest down to the smallest. The blue plates are together, the red plates are together, etc. Same with the cups, same with the bowls. It all has to be done a certain way. I have even rearranged the dishwasher if someone put the dishes in the dishwasher wrong.
(At this rate, I'm not going to have any secrets left!)

2. Its a flaw, a weakness of mine that I am working hard to correct. But, it annoys something fierce when that mom of one or that mom of two who has their kids spaced 10 years apart looks at me and says "Oh, I know EXACTLY what you mean!"
I know kids can be challenging and a mom is a mom. But please, oh mom of one, please don't look at me and sympathize with the messy disaster of my house, or the long sleepless nights because I'm up with three different kids by telling me that you know "exactly how I feel."

3. I LONG to own a pair of delicious cherry red 5 inch heels. I want them, badly. The problem? I'm not sure I would ever have the courage to actually wear them if I did own them!

4. I've never been a particularly huge music buff. I mean, I enjoy music very much! I enjoy listening and singing along. A good song is a good song! But I'm not one to follow up on the latest music artists or latest awesome song. I don't think to just turn on music when I'm cleaning or cooking. Ironically, I tend to sing (not in a nice sweet voice, but in a loud and crazy voice) when my kids are around and I have a sudden burst of energy.
Then my kids tell me to stop singing because I'm driving them crazy.

5. Good looking people intimidate me. Smart people intimidate me. Funny people intimidate me. Although I have too much pride in me to ever let any of them ever know it.

6. My favorite flowers are daisies. One of my favorite movies ever is "The Slipper and the Rose". I have a mild case of road rage. I LOVE to swim, but I hate wearing swim suits. My favorite sandwich is cheese and cucumber with mustard.

7. After 8 years of living in a place with snow, I have yet to buy any snow boots. Last year, Luke bought me my first real winter coat. I just have such a hard time plunking down so much money for a single item of clothing. No matter how worth it it may be.

8. While I was pregnant with Jacob (my third baby, my surprise baby) I received so many negative remarks and responses that I became embarrassed to go out in public. I dreaded the grocery store, eating out, the park, or any other place that required speaking with anyone directly. Because that meant I would have to hear whatever derogatory remark they had in store for me. I know I shouldn't have cared, but I did. I blame it on the pregnancy hormones.

9. After seeing the new show "Vampire Diaries", I wish they had used those actors in Twilight instead of who they actually cast. (Um, sorry, can't think of any of their names off the top of my head) Oh, and uh, I didn't like the last Twilight book that much.

10. I would take a good ole' fashioned board game over Nintendo Wii any day.

There you have it. 10 VERY honest things. Try think to think less of me or I'll send the Zombie Chicken after you.

9 super cool people speak:

Valerie said...

That is so funny about us choosing each other for awards. :) And fun reading more about you. I've never tried your favorite sandwich before, but might have to now, maybe even while watching The Slipper and the Rose, which I've never seen.

I'll definitely check out all the blogs you awarded! And congrats on your Zombie Chicken Award. You deserved it for sure.

special k said...

woo hoo! we got rewarded! I knew all our senseless ramblings would pay off somehow... ha ha. ;)
oh, and I know EXACTLY how you feel about the kids thing. oh wait...wait, no, I have no idea how that is. But I can relate to the color/size coordination thing. I do that with my dishes too...and my clothes...and my books...and pretty much anything else that can be sized and colorized :)

Brittney said...

hmm well, i WAS going to say that i know how tired you must feel all the time. I try my best to get 9 hours of sleep a night, but this darn baby in my belly keeps waking me up for a half hour between 3:00 and 3:30 AM. SO annoying! Of course it leads to me being exhausted when I can only get 8.5 hours of sleep instead of 9 hours. SO... TOTALLY know EXACTLY how you feel. Good luck with enduring this trial as well as I am. ;)

Serene is my name, not my life! said...

Valerie: Hmm, I wonder if they rent out Slipper and the Rose? I'm not sure if its a buy only movie now.

K: Oh, what would I do without all your comments. You just have this ability for making me laugh.

Brittany: LOLOL! Thanks babe, I'll be working on it. =) Seriously though, I hope I didn't come off as downplaying how rough it can be having a kid at times. Its just not EXACTLY the same.

Heidi said...

You know, technically #6 had 5 things in it. :-) I loved learning more about you, and it made me feel better about some of the too-embarrassed-to-admit things I have about myself. Those are some good blogs--thanks for sharing!

So, Slipper and the Rose is available on eBay for about $20. Not that I spent hours researching that or anything. Or bought it. Oh no. It will be a present from my sister for my birthday last year, even if she doesn't know it....

Your favorite sandwich sounds really good. I just don't buy cucumbers that often. What kind of cheese?

And #10: AMEN!!!!

Mama Smith said...

"SLIPPER and the Rose"...even some of our "male" members of our family enjoyed...the "humor" of this musical "Cinderella" story...You can never go wrong...with Cinderella....Every "character" in this rendition were fabulous...The movie was given to me by one of my children for Christmas...I LOVE IT!!!

Nicole said...

I totally agree with you about the "Vampire Diaries"! I was sadly disappointed in it. Oh well, New Moon comes out soon... And I'm flattered you gave me an award, especially since I haven't done much since I've been pregnant ;) I'll have to think about who to give my awards to...

Garvin Smith said...

1) That is an aberration of one of my obsessions: I must organize the money in my wallet in order with the oldest, most worn, in front.

2) Agree.

3) I LONG to buy you a pair of delicious cherry red 5 inch heels, only because you want them so badly.

4) Ditto. Maybe that’s where you got it. Remember Mitch Miller?

5) Very few people intimidate me. Those that try, I usually crush with my own form of intimidation!

6) My favorite flowers are irises. One of my favorite movies ever is "I Robot". Road rage will hopefully dissipate with age. I LOVE to swim, but I hate wearing swim suits. One of my favorite sandwiches is peanut butter, mayonnaise, and lettuce.

7) I had to buy Debbie important clothing early in our marriage also. She is over that now.

8) I shall never forget taking you and your then six brothers and sisters into the Wekiva Albertsons, after I had been working in the yard and was wearing dirty work grubs. Oh, the scorn, the contempt, the utter distain. One could actually feel it in the air. “You obviously poor welfare man with all those children, why did you have so many children, and worse yet, why did you come into the store where we shop? We might get dirty just from being around you! I just shrugged, knowing they were too weak to take on the God ordained task of raising a large family.

9) I never saw “Vampire Diaries,” nor “Twilight,” but I wish George Lucas had used different actors for the prequel episodes (1, 2, & 3) in Star Wars.

10) I have no desire to play Wii.

hjsmith said...

Thank you for the zombie chicken award. Wow what I now have to continue to live upto and fine some time to keep up with my BLOG as I have some more fun stories to add(: I loved reading all you had to say and enjoyed learning more about you as we are so far apart and dont always have time to talk as we have all of our kiddos to take care of.. And I do know how you feel and then some....I love when my friend with one oe two kids tells me how to raise my 5 like I am new at this mothering thing..I didnt say I was great at it but hey we are all learning right(: Thank you for your fun stories and shared experiences(: I hope to talk to you soon. I will be updating my blog hopefully with no serious catastrophies(: (tongue in cheek) this weekend (: Hope you get a good laugh or two(:

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