10 years flew by

Another great idea I am stealing from Cicily! Since my 10 year reunion is coming up this Oct. I thought this stroll down memory lane was quite fitting.


1. Who were your best friends? Emily, Dana, Rachelle, Mindy, Tammy, Erin, Brian...
I spent a lot of time with my "Oh-So-Serious" boyfriend...I guess Hind-sight is 20/20 on that one eh?

2. What sports did you play?
Basketball, Volleyball, and I hurdled on the track team. I know thats a funny picture since I'm short-legged and stubby, but I wasn't half bad.

3. What kind of car did you drive?
Black Jeep Grand Cherokee

4. On a Friday nights what were you doing?
Friday night I worked concessions at Freestone park, Sat. was "date night"

5. Were you a party animal?

6. Were you considered a flirt?
No- not enough confidence for that!

7. Were you in band, orchestra, or choir?

8. Were you a nerd?
I like to think not... I mean, I did take what one might call "nerd classes" and have what one might call "nerdy friends in those classes" and I did spend a lot of time on homework, but no- lets say that I was NOT a nerd!

9. Did you get suspended/expelled?
heck no, I wouldnt have lived to see daylight

10. Can you still sing the fight song?
Never knew it to begin with... but I can sing the BYU fight song, (to Dave's ever-lasting mortification!)

11. Who was your favorite teacher?
Mrs. Garcia honors 11th grade English

12. Where did you sit during lunch?
I ate at the tables with my girlfriends, then hung out outside with my boyfriend

13. Name the school full name?
Highland High School

14. School mascot?

15. School Colors?
Black and Teal

16. Rival high school?
Gilbert High School

17. Did you go to Prom?
Yes, and I had a good time!

18. If you could go back and do it again, would you?
Heck NO!!!! Way too much drama

19. What do you remember most about graduation?
That the girl that had a major crush on my boyfriend ran out into the isle after he got his diploma, and threw herself into his arms for a giant bear hug. For the record, she is now a stripper...I saw her on myspace while doing some work for our 10 year reunion!

20. Where did you go senior skip day?
The lake

21. Favorite memory?
The Steve Miller Concert with the girls, then TP-ing through the night

22. Were you in any clubs?
Yes...the extra mile club...doesn't that sound nice?

23. Where did you go most often for lunch?
We couldnt leave, so nowhere

24. Have you gained some weight since then?
Who put this stupid question in here anyways???

25. Who was your Senior prom date?

26. Are you planning on going to your 10-year reunion?
Yes- and all you other Highland 97 grads should too!!!

27. Who was your home room teacher?
I didn't have a home-room, what is that?

28. Who will re-post this after you?

29. Who was your high school sweetheart?
Brian was my senior year "love"

30. Do you still talk to people from high school?
Yes, one of my best friends married my brother!

31.Did you win prom queen or king?
No, but here's a funny story. The guy who did win prom king had been my boyfriend over the summer, but we had to break up because he was seminary president and he wasnt "supposed" to have a girlfriend. Then 2 months into the year he started dating someone very seriously, who of course ended up being prom-queen- where's the love???

32. Where did you work in high school?
State Farm (thanks DAD!), Gilbert park and rec- Freestone park, Gilbert Pool Mesquite Pool, Diamond Shamrock Gas station for 3 days until I got fired...but that's another story...

33. what were your grades?
They were good!

34. What was your dress style?
Style? If I don't have any now, I certainly didn't have any then!

35. What year did you graduate

Okay, here's the challenge, conjure up your best ( and worst!) highschool memories and Post this survey!!!

Zoo fun with Brailyn

Jaxon had a play date at the zoo today with Brailyn, the daughter of Clint and Malia, long time friends of Dave, and of course now mine. They also had a playdate on Saturday where Jaxon put Brailyn in a headlock, nearly knocked her off the bed their were playing on several times, and was basically to "wild and crazy" for her taste. (He also gave her a few too many hugs at my request...HEY...I thought it might help!) Well, I don't think Brailyn has forgotten that Jaxon is a little too wild for her, and she gave him a wide berth at the splash pad at the zoo today. Jaxon doesn't stay still anyways, so she was never in much danger of having to spend any lengthy amounts of time with him, but she wasn't taking any chances. They had a great time playing in the water, and then looking at the monkeys and the goats. By the time we got home they were both out cold, which in my opinion is the best possible ending to a playdate!

Jaxon, what exactly are you looking at?????

Jaxon also enjoyed hugging several Goats... I think I have a very friendly child!

Growing up

Motherhood...What an adventure! Monday night Grampa ferrell babysat Jax so Dave and I could go to a going away party! (good luck at Yale Jarrod!!!) Well Jaxon and Papa are best buds, and Papa couldnt bear to put Jaxon to bed...so...he didn't! At 9 when we picked Jaxon up, he was still WIDE AWAKE!!! Well yesterday, we saw the full effects of going to bed two hours past our bedtime. At about 4:30 Jaxon was in complete meltdown mode, and I was about to jump off the balcony. (For those of you who know that we don't actually have a balcony...Im just painting a mental picture!) Anyway, it was about a billion degrees outside as usual, but I went to my last resort of outside play. Jaxon immediately turned around, and we had a fantastic, albeit toasty, time for about half an hour. When we were both drenched with sweat I insisted that we go back in, and meltdown mode continued...but during that half hour I had such a fun time with Jaxon, and I got some really cute photos! Did I mention that Motherhood is an adventure?...and a pretty hard job!

Thanks Jen

My friend Jen just got a rockin' new camera, and while she claims to know very little about photography, she snapped some absolutely darling pictures of Jaxon during a play date! Here is just one of many (which I'm sure I will upload!) Once again, THANKS JEN!!!

Little White Dress

I know this is my third blog entry today, but as they say..."when it rains"...anyway, Dave said something so hilarious and out of character yesterday, that when he said it, I immediately said, " I'm going to blog that, and you can't stop me!" He asked, begged, and pleaded, but to no avail- here's the story---
yesterday we were driving on the freeway and saw a couple with a flat tire. The very well-endowed women was sitting on a high retaining wall, in a very low-cut WHITE summer dress. Dave says, " Well, that's an interesting dress, and she's sure lucky it's NOT after labor day!"
How on earth does Dave know that you are not supposed to wear white after labor day? Seriously, where did I find this guy?
(Love you Dave! You never cease to amaze me!!!!!!)

You know your in Arizona If....

You know your in Arizona if it is too hot to even play in THE POOL outside!!! yes, its true, we got Jaxon a little inflatable pool, and decided it was just too darn hot out right now for swimming, yes, thats right, TOO HOT FOR SWIMMING!!!! So, here is Jax, enjoying the pool, Arizona style!

Fun at the Rogers

This is what we do when we are wild and crazy around the Rogers house-- SPEED SCRABBLE!!!! It's one of my favorite games...so Dave humors me! Boy are we fun or what?

To Be or not to Be

So, I have to admit it, my sis Amber talked me into trying out for "who wants to be a millionaire" with her this morning. I woke up at 4 am to get ready, pick her up, and drive to Wild Horse Pass Casino. We waited outside for a few hours, then inside for a few more before we got to the test area. There there 30 questions, and we were both pretty positive that we had answered at least 25 of 30 correct. Compared to the dingbats we had around us, we knew we were on to the next stage (interviews) for sure. Well, guess who didn't make it through? Both of us!!! Out of 200 people in the room, I'd say somewhere between 10 and 15 made it. Oh well, it was a fun experience and great to spend some quality time with my sister. Of course, I photo documented it for blog purposes.
PS for those of your scoffing that Amber had to "convince" me to try out, I swear its true, I think my gaming days are over, and it is truely out of my system!

Time flies

How is it that I have been too busy to write for a week, but now that I have time, I can't think of one interesting thing that has happened in the last week?
Wait, I had my "bunco" (AKA girls night with no bunco involved) on Friday. IT was a lot of prep. but so much fun. We had a buff yoga instructor (not to hard on the eyes if you know what I mean...) come and do an hour of relaxation yoga with us, it was awesome. Then all weekend was youth conference. I got to get up at 5:30 to go help give a face lift to an old park in downtown Mesa...doesn't sound like a lot of fun to work outside for 4 hours in 110 degree heat in jeans (no shorts rule) and a black t-shirt (designed by the youth committee), but it actually was awesome. Its great to see kids pull together and make a big difference. Then mini-classes all day and a swim party Sat. night. Thats about all for us. Jaxon is currently taking a marathon afternoon nap (going over 2 hours) which is a miracle because I thought he was dropping his afternoon nap...it's amazing how as a mother, the strangest things make you smile!


On Sunday at my parents house, I found Jaxon with a picture of Jesus, pointing and shouting at the top of his lungs "She-shuh! She-shuh!" I'm assuming that means Jesus, and boy did it melt my heart!

Like Parent, Like Child

Something so funny happened today. Our little Jaxon is getting so independent and also quite stubborn like both of his parents. Another side note to know before hearing this story, is that Jaxon's arch-enemy is the microwave. When he wants something, he wants it NOW, and doesn't understand the point of putting it into the microwave, just for it to move around in circles for 30 seconds before taking it out again.
This morning, I was letting Jaxon help me get his breakfast so be can start exerting his independence in some useful ways. He got a frozen waffle out of the bag I was holding, but when I told him to put it in the microwave- he whacked me with it!! (this is not the funny part!!!) I tried and tried to get him to put it into the microwave but to no avail. I then told him he would have to have something else for breakfast becuase you can't eat a frozen waffle. Well, Jaxon looked me straight in the eye, and started gnawing. I thought it was hilarious but supressed my laughter, figuring he would give up in a few seconds. Well, I was wrong. So I decided, who the heck cares if he wants to eat it frozen? I put him in his chair and he ate half of the waffle (same amount he eats when it is cooked and dipped in syrup!) Im not sure if he enjoyed it, or if he just did it to spite me, but breakfast is breakfast, right?!?

HP questions- ANSWERED!

Go to this website and scroll down a bit...JK answers many burning HP questions, it was great!!!!


What's your man's story?

(dave's reaction to finding out we were pregnant with Jaxon)

1. Who is your man? Dave
2. How long have you been together? 5 and a half years
3. Dating/Engaged/Married? dated for 10 months, engaged for 2 months married for 4 and a half years
4. How old is your man? 27

You or your man?
1. Who eats more? depends on the food, Ice cream-All Dave!!!
2. Who said "I love you" first? It was me...I admit it, I owed him that much after breaking up with him TWICE!!!
3. Who weighs more? Dave
4. Who sings better? Sorry Dave, but it's me!
5. Who's Older? Me by 11 months, and he'll never let me forget it!
6. Who's smarter? Around our house, this is like "what came first, the chicken or the egg?" So it depends who you ask,...I'm better at English, writing, vocab stuff, he's better at math, science, and anything technical.

Different Ways
7. Who's temper is worse? On the Road- hands down Dave. When emotionally drained- SO ME!!!
8. Who does the laundry? Me, but Dave helps fold it!
9. Who does the dishes? Usually Dave, dang I have a good man!
10. Who sleeps on the right side of the bed? me...its closer to the bathroom, thats our deal wherever we sleep.
11. Who's feet are bigger? Dave's size is twice my shoe size! YIKES!
12. Who's hair is longer? Mine by about 15 inches
13. Who's better with the computer? Dave, no question.
14. Who mows the lawn? Dave, but I wouldn't mind learning how!
15. Who pays the bills? Dave- online
16. Who cooks dinner? Me, not that I like it...but I do it!
17. Who drives when you are together? Dave
18. Who pays when you go out to dinner? Dave
19. Who's the most stubborn? Anyone who knows me well will be surprised to hear that it's Dave, but he would probably say me...so... who knows?
20. Who is the first one to admit when they're wrong? Dave- did I mention how great he is?
21. Who's parents do you see more? Mine, Jaxon can't live without them, and unfortunately Dave's live in Vegas.
23. Who kissed who first? Dave kissed me, but the actual story is hilarious, so if you haven't heard it, feel free to ask! (sorry Dave...)
24. Who asked who out? I asked Dave out, a group date with 5 other couples!(Sarah, Cicily, and Kate were all there!)
25. What did you do? Played games, made pizza, drank Dr. pepper (the drinking of Dr. Pepper was pivital in our relationship...again, just ask!)
26. Who's more sensitive? HOLY CRAP- SO ME!!!
27. Who's taller? Dave
28. Who has more friends? Me, Dave has a strange friend quota that he doesn't like to exceed...
29. Who has more siblings? Dave- he has 4 sisters and 2 brothers, I have 4 brothers and one sister
30. Who wears the pants in the relationship? Dave lets me think it's me, but I think he's the great puppet master pulling the strings!

Budgeting stinks!

Is there anyone who likes to budget??? We are cracking down on ours again, because we are doing everything possible to avoid any debt besides the house and school loans, but man, when you really get down to it, everything costs!!! It's amazing how many "little things" you don't budget for, and how those "little things" add up so darn quick. As much as it stinks, I am glad we are scrutinizing out finances so carefully, becuase it's a good eye-opener on how picking up just a few extras here and there, really do make a big difference. I guess for most all of us, there will never come a time where you just don't have to budget at all, your budget just gets progressively bigger. That reminds me, a 90 year-old hip great-granny I know just told me that her 60 year old son (whom she now lives with) put her on a budget, and she's pretty miffed. I guess when your 90, and raised up a successful son, you just figure you've earned the right to be budget free... one can only hope!

A Beautiful Life

Does life get any better than this?

Wisconsin Trip

Jaxon and I recently returned from a Week in Wisconsin, and here are some pictures to prove it! The flights (3 and a half hours)were what I was most worried about, but I lucked out both ways. Both ways we sat in the bulk head next to an 18 year old girl (different girl each leg) and they LOVED Jax. They immediately held him and started playing with him, and he dug through their purses, played with their ipods etc. I would say he spent about 80% of each flight with the girls. (thank you Melody and Christine wherever you are!!!)He did not cry or get cranky at all either way! I did have to tell one scary crazy guy sitting in the row behind us that Jaxon nor I were allowed to talk to strange men. He then proceeded to introduce himself, so as not to be a stranger, and tried to hold Jaxons hand. I again told him no thank you. He didn't quite get the picture, so I turned around and told him not to touch or talk to Jaxon or I again. Sounds a little rude I know, but he really gave me the creeps, and you can never be to careful!
Jaxon did have a lot of trouble sleeping in a new place, and at 3 am after an hour of crying, I gave in, and we sleep in the bed in his room. I can't believe he even slept, but I was woken up at 6:30 with a hard smack in the nose, followed by hilarious laughter~! After the first night, he got more used to his surroundings, and he slept in his pack-n-play the rest of the time.
Jaxon was obsessed with my sis-in-laws pregnant tummy (small though it is), and while the pictures don't do it justice, he spent about 10 minutes trying to wrestle with it! I think we can safely say that Jaxon is the first cousin to play with soon-to-come baby katie.
The weather was great, mid-70's, but still a little humid for my taste. Wisconsin sure is beautiful though, I can't imagine what it's like to have the forest as your back yard!