Wednesday, December 31, 2008


Well, I think this is the first time in my life I've actually accomplished what I said I would as a New Year's Resolution. Last January (2008), I decided I would read 50 novels this year. I finished another book today which brings my total to 68 total. WAHOO! Now, I understand a lot of these books were young adult novels, but they still count. There is just too much smut in a lot of adult fiction. I'm learning how to weed them out and who to trust as sources (as a general rule, NOT Oprah!).

As I was going back over my list of books, I realized I don't remember many of the stories (just the really good ones). I'm grateful that I have recovered my love of reading. I'm also grateful that I have actually conquered a goal that I set out to accomplish. Mike made the statement that maybe I should only make resolutions that involve something I enjoy (ie. not dieting or mopping the floor). Does that take the purpose out of resolutions? I don't think so. I still have to push to accomplish things I like.

Which brings me to Resolution 2009. I've decided that my "Work-in-Progress" pile is WAY too big. My "To Do" list is WAY too long. I have so many 1/2 finished projects haunting me that I need to get them out of my head. In the spirit of "I Can Make it", this year I am going to complete 50 usefull projects. They will range from sewing to knitting to organizing to refinishing furniture. Stuff that needs to be done that I have been putting off. I purposefully wrote that I am going to "complete" these projects. I have 7 projects currently started that I must finish first (UGH!) before I can start counting new ones. I'll keep a running total on my side bar just as I did with books. I'm also going to be offering tutorials of things that I think you might like to do. We all win.

Good luck with your resolutions. Have a safe night tonight. As for me, project #1 starts tomorrow. Wahoo!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008


We're on our way to Las Vegas for Christmas and a cousin's wedding. I'll be back next week to let you in on a little secret about my 2009 New Year's resolution. Woo!

PS. Yes. I know what holiday is only 2 days away. This photo was taken last week at the Zoo while waiting for the "12 Days of Christmas" light show to start. Maybe I'll make him a Santa costume next.

Saturday, December 20, 2008


Does anyone out there know the Utah state song? I lived in Nevada in 3rd grade (when we did NV history) and Idaho in 4th grade (when we did ID history) so I never learned it. I just remember my mom singing that part but that is it. Maybe Utah should make that be on a test for people trying to gain Utah residency. It sure would have beat paying an entire semester for out of state tuition (thanks Mom and Dad!)... Anyway, I digress...

One benefit of apartment living is that we are not responsible for our snow removal. However, this year we are in charge of Grandma L's snow removal since we only live 1 1/2 blocks away. Cohen loves it because we let him put on his snow pants and moon boots and play while we (read: Mike) shovels.

Here I am hiding in the garage after pouring rock salt on the fronts steps. I dyed my hair brown. I really should have used Photoshop on this picture this picture. Look at that zit in between my eyes staring at you like a bulls eye. Yikes!

We're going to Las Vegas for Christmas this year. I wish people would stop singing "I'm Dreaming of White Christmas" south of Cedar City. Maybe Al Gore is playing "global warming" Santa again this year. Take a look at this. I hope it is gone by the time we get there.

I love Utah's distinct four seasons, even the cold snowy ones. In fact, the cold snowy season is the reason I moved here. I just enjoyed it a bit more when I was working in the bagel shop in the morning, snowboarding in the afternoon/evening, and only paying $133 a month in rent. Ahh - the glory days. Again... I digress... I just pray Cohen still enjoys shoveling snow this much when he is 15. That is how he can earn his snowboarding money to fully appreciate the "Greatest Snow on Earth." Seriously, that is what my license plate says. Let it snow!

PS. This post makes no sense. I just wanted to show you my snow pictures and my brown hair (and OF COURSE the bulls eye zit!).

Friday, December 19, 2008


1 medium onion, chopped (I always use large)
2 cloves garlic, crushed (the bigger the better)
1 cup chopped parsley or flat-leaf Italian parsley (this ingredient is key)
5 mushrooms, finely chopped (or the entire little blue crate you get from the store)
1/3 cup olive oil
1 (28-ounce) can chopped tomatoes, or 8 large tomatoes (fresh is better, but the can worked great during the off season when you don't want to pay the extra bucks)
2 (6-ounce) cans tomato paste
1 1/2 cups red wine or beef broth (I've used both, I prefer the flavor of the broth over the wine)
1 cup (or more) water
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons each dried oregano and basil leaves
1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper (or to taste)

Saute the onion, garlic, parsley and mushrooms in the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat for 3 - 5 minutes or until the mushrooms are tender.
Add the UNDRAINED tomato paste. Bring to a boil and stir in one cup of the wine (broth). Reduce the heat to low and add the water, sugar, oregano, basil, salt and pepper.
Simmer over low heat for 20 minutes (or more), stirring occasionally. Stir in the remaining 1/2 cup wine (broth) and simmer for 10 minutes longer or until the desired consistency.

If you want to add ground meat or meatballs, do it at the end right before you serve it. For our small family of 3, this is 3 meals worth of sauce. It freezes fantastically!

Thursday, December 18, 2008


Are the rest of you sick of this question yet? Back on the 10th, Cohen asked me this question for the 101st time and I almost lost it. Rather than losing it (he's just THAT excited), I figured out a solution. A paper chain. We've all made them at school, church, and other places. But in case you never had, I offer you a little tutorial. I jazzed it up a bit to match my decor.

Scissors or paper cutter
Glue or tape
Scalloped punch or stencil or Cricut or whatever shape maker you'd like
Circle punch or stencil or Cricut or whatever shape maker you'd like in a smaller size than the larger scalloped punch
3 coordinating pieces of 12 x 12 scrapbook paper
1 piece of coordinating 12 x 12 heavy card stock
A kid that needs to practice writing his/her numbers

Step 1: When Cohen asked "How many more days?", there were 15 days left. So, using that math, cut five 1 1/2" strips from each sheet of coordinating paper

Step 2: Punch five 2 1/2" scallops from each piece of coordinating paper (it will take all of your leftovers)

Step 3: Punch 15 2" circles from the card stock

Step 4: Glue or tape the strips into a chain, alternating paper pattern.

Step 5: Have your kid practice writing his numbers on the card stock circles.

Step 6: Glue or tape the card stock numbers to the scallops.

Step 7: Glue or tape numbers on the chain. Make sure a different color of scallop goes on a different pattern of the chain. (Wonder where the kid is and why you're finishing this craft on your own.)

Step 8: Admire your craftiness, feel good about the educational part of it all, and enjoy the question-free rest of the wait until Christmas.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008


Remember these??

I finished them and they are really great. They almost make me want a pair of legwarmers myself (but - legwarmers would look lame on my chunky legs).

I'm going to be doing a series of knitting posts at Petit Elephant in the next few weeks and I thought I'd try out a few patterns before I committed. A simple pair of baby legwarmers (only one is pictured here). These were not knit in the round. They were knit flat and I sewed them up the back. I needed to practice my seams for the sweater I am about finished with.

Then I made this little hat. It is nothing special, but I finally got the sizing correct. I've made a few hats for Cohen but his big head (and my inaccurate measuring) has turned them into yarmulkes (Happy Hanukkah).

A view from the top.

And... for my Weber State Wildcat loving (and employed) mother, a simple scarf. This yarn is called "Lumpy and Bumpy" and wouldn't show any pattern I tried, so I just did a strait knit (garter stitch).

Up close view. If I had to review this yarn, I think it is way too expensive ($18.00 for 133 yards) for what it does. I don't even know what else I could make with it.

I've got a few more knitting projects to finish before Christmas. I now know why knitters start their Christmas gift projects in March. Sheesh! I'm way behind. Oh well... I've watched a lot of Christmas movies on the Family Channel's 25 days of Christmas movies. Wahoo!

Friday, December 12, 2008

:: NO MORE! ::

Dear Crazy Lori -

Until you finish ALL projects (including the laundry), please stop looking at crafty blogs, flickr,,, and any other online sources for crafty goodness. You've only got 13 days until Christmas and that afghan (what were you thinking?) isn't going to knit itself. You have enough felt ornaments. You have enough wreaths. You have enough garlands. The entire floor is covered in glitter. Your family wants to use the kitchen table for dinner again. You must stop starting projects and start finishing them. I promise you'll enjoy yourself better if you take my advice.

Sincerely, Sane Lori

PS. Clean up your crafting corner (aka War Zone) while you're at it. I stepped on a knitting needle today and broke it. Sorry, but it is totally your fault.

Thursday, December 04, 2008


Hey old friends. I'm still alive. I've just been swamped with a million little things and Thanksgiving and ya' know... stuff. Life happens. Christmas festivities and crafting (well - knitting) have begun and we're ready for a slow few weeks before December turns crazy. We've been blessed and I am so thankful for everything that has come our way in the last two weeks. So, here is what I am thankful for.

1. Friends & Family - man, I have so many awesome friends and acquaintances and family members that I wonder what I've done to deserve them all. As soon as I announced I was having a girl, little girl gifts started flowing in the mail and showing up at my door step. As soon as people started finding out that we'd had a few things stolen, I found money in the mailbox and messages on my voice mail asking us what we needed. I cannot imagine what would happen in real tragedy (I don't want to find out, I just know you'd all be great). Awesome!!

2. Church - I was released from my Primary Presidency calling last week and I am relieved. I love those kids and the simple lessons, but I'm really excited to be teaching the 14/15 year old Sunday School with Mike. Actually, I can sit there and make sure we don't get sidetracked or go over time while Mike teaches. He is so excited about it.

3. Scientific Advances - I'm grateful for modern medicine (even though I think it shouldn't cost so darn much) and the things it is capable of doing. I have friends that have been trying to have babies forever and are now having them. I can get my ugly moles and warts (I've just had one on my chin frozen off) removed. Sore throats can be cured. Feet can feel better. Nausea can go away. Bones can be mended. It is all amazing.

4. Books and Movies - I love losing myself in a book or movie almost anytime. Isn't it fun that for a few hours, we can remove ourselves from the mundane, stressful, crazy things in our lives and run away with Mr. Darcy, Edward, Wolverine, or (let's think of a woman here.....) um..... (still thinking to avoid criticism).... well, you get what I mean. It is fun.

5. Savings - This year Mike and I have really tried to limit spending and extras to get a little more financially secure. This economic recession doesn't seem so bad in our personal lives. We have had several friends lose jobs this year (and we pray for you daily), but it is nice that we've come out more ahead than we ever thought we would. We're buying a house next year... I can feel it.

6. Mechanics - Growing up in St. Anthony, we had a very reliable mechanic. He was a rocket scientist - really, he quit his job at NASA to move back to Idaho, or so the story goes. As reliable as he was, he was S-L-O-W. He worked out of a potato cellar in Parker. It would take 2 weeks to get a timing belt fixed. On Monday, my car puttered into the auto shop near my house and they got me right in. Unfortunately, the repairs were extensive and expensive ($1000 - Merry Christmas to us, but see where "Savings" comes in), but I was able to drive my car home 4 hours later and get on my way. Love it. Now I can spend Christmas in Vegas with the family.

7. Preschool - ahhhhh, I can't say enough about the benefits Cohen's preschool has had on him. It is so awesome to take him somewhere loving and safe where he feels comfortable learning and playing. They've taught him general life skills that I just don't think about (like putting on his coat. Usually I am in such a hurry to get him out the door that I do it for him). He even has started cleaning up his toys. Unreal. Plus, I get 3 hours every morning to use as I please. I can work, shop, clean, exercise, sit and knit. Whatever I choose.

8. Yarn Store Connection - Thank you Sue and crew for letting me work at your store enough to get yarn for my projects. I've really started enjoying knitting this year. I've finished so many projects this year, including a little sweater for the little Miss. I love beautiful fibers and I love learning new things all of the time.

9. Fabric - So pretty. I haven't been sewing much lately, but I am in the midst of purging my craft & fabric stash (want some?) and I am amazed at the beautiful patterns that these designers come up with. Quilting cottons are so soft and amazing. I just got a package in the mail today with 4 yards of beautiful stuff (I'm supposed to be purging... I know) that I can't wait to do something with.

10. Food - I am finally feeling well enough to start wanting to eat again. Not everything is disgusting anymore. Yahoo! I am thankful for good, healthy (and Jr. Mints and Nerds and Cinnamon candy) food that helps my body grow and function. I think it is pretty amazing that I'm growing a person in my gut and food is helping the little Miss become healthy and strong.

There are many more, but I'm sure you're bored. I love this time of year. The bad things don't seem so bad. People are kind (except 4:00 am shoppers at Wal-Mart the day after Thanksgiving) and generous and go just a few steps further for mankind. I love it. Cohen is so excited for Christmas which is making it so awesome. Today everything feels perfect - part of that is because I am leaving in 10 minutes to get my hair done - and I wanted to let you all know that.

Saturday, November 22, 2008


I'm not talking about vampire movies (although I can't hardly wait!). Sorry Cougars. GO UTES!

Side note: Although I would love to see the Utes go 12 - 0 this season, more people I am directly associated with take BYU losses personally. If you are the wife of one of those people (Jenny, Lindy, Stacy, etc... you know who you are), may God be with you. :)

*The picture is a repeat from last year. Ironically, it is the son of one of the above mentioned "takes is personally" men. After Mike smeared the U over the BYU, I feared for this kid's life.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


I just spit all over the computer screen. HAHA! This is so worth watching. Viva la Twilight!
(FYI: My tickets are for Saturday afternoon. I'm not crazy enough for a midnight movie.)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


After 12 Van Wagoner boys have been born in the last century, out comes a girl. I'm still a little in shock and don't quite believe those "three white lines" mean little miss, but nothing else was there indicating a little mister, so I'll take it. HOLY SMOKES! My new official due date is March 28th.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


I got this HUGE skein of yarn yesterday. I'm making leg warmers out of it (which is totally random, I know). They are not for me. Maybe they are for you... oh, don't you wish you were so lucky. But this is 350 yards of beautiful wool blend and it has been a joy to work with. The yarn store got several new colorways in last week and I want one of each. I love it. I don't love double points, though. I feel quite clumsy working with them.

Friday, November 07, 2008 Grand Opening & Giftcard Giveaway!!!!!!!!

:: ANOTHER GREAT GIVE-A-WAY :: Grand Opening & Giftcard Giveaway!!!!!!!!

For this reason, I need this little baby inside to be a gal!

Wednesday, November 05, 2008


... So I made Christmas crafts. I whipped a few stockings to donate to The Festival of Trees gift shop. I can't believe it is already that time of year again. I opted out of being on the actual committee this year, so donating a few things to sell is the least I could do. I love doing it, but maybe next year. They are all tagged up and ready to be turned in.

I turned 30 yesterday and it was rather anti-climatic. Cohen bought me a book and Mike gave me a gift certificate to use at Sego Lily Spa. Ahhhh... I can't wait to get a maternity massage, whatever that is. I know it will be blissful. I also voted, shopped for new jeans (maternity... but still... they are new) and shoes for snow, worked, went with Mike to vote, ate a gyro (hello heart burn), renewed my temple recommend, watched The Hulk, and watched Obama win... in that order. Mike's mom made me dinner on Sunday and I am going to out dinner with my family tonight. I was just happy to leave the last few weeks of my 20's behind. It was a rough few weeks and my 30's are already looking up.


The fantastic blog, Petit Elefant (link on my side bar), is having a FANTASTIC give away. Enter for a chance to win a family photo shoot with Nicole Carman. It is valued at $175. Enter by November 10th. Head over there NOW!!! What would it hurt?


I just got my new Scentsy in the mail today from my lovely distributer and old neighbor, Kristen Klingler. Ah... I am enjoying the Snowberry now. I wish my house looked as good as it smells. She'll ship anywhere so visit her site and share the love. I think this would be a great Christmas gift for anyone.

Monday, November 03, 2008


Question: What happens the day after you sign a new lease on your apartment?
Answer: All of your stuff gets stolen from your porch and storage unit.


We were 99% sure we were not going to sign a new lease. We got really excited about moving. We looked a few apartments that weren't quite right. We can't buy a place just yet. It was nearing midnight and we had to turn in our "30-day notice". We buckled under pressure and signed the new lease.

Lesson to be learned: Follow your gut feelings and get the hell out. Sorry for the cuss.

I just got done talking to the police and the apartment manager and I am in a fowl mood.

Don't forget to vote tomorrow.

Friday, October 31, 2008


Aside from Nerds and Taffy, I am so sick of candy. I'm kind of Halloweened out already. It seems like Cohen has dressed up about 50 times already. He loves it. Maybe I should dress up and get a little more into the spirit of it all. He has been so excited for the actual Halloween day (today) because he wants to watch the Halloween episodes of Dora, Diego, Wonder Pets, and Backyardigans (read:: It frees up my morning), he wants to ride the train to Mike's office (for Trick or Treating), and he wants to go around the neighborhood. He can barely contain himself.

We started two weeks ago (as Dash from the Incredibles) at the Nestman's house. A group that used to be in the ward still gets together a few times a year for a BBQ, Halloween, and Christmas. Sadly, they have all moved on and Mike and I remain in the apartments. Anyway, Liz set up a fantastic little "carnival" in the basement and all of the princess and super heroes played all night.

Next was the ward Trunk-or-Treat (as Link). More candy and fun. He could not get enough of the McDonald's orange punch and pumpkin bowling.

Yesterday was his preschool Halloween party (as Dash). I was helping in the classroom, so I didn't get a chance to sit back and enjoy the little program they put on for the parents. Therefor, no pictures. Lame. But again it was more candy and games and he came home with another bag of stuff. Again, SO MUCH FUN and he wore his costume the rest of the day.

It is 8:00 am and he is dressed as Link. We'll see what he decides to be later in the day. Happy Halloween. I hope it is nice and spooky and filled with lots of sugar.

Sunday, October 26, 2008


The Primary Program* is over and I can honestly say it was fantastic. It ended a few minutes late, but the kids were all well-behaved and cute while saying their parts and singing their songs. Even more than being grateful for a well-behaved Primary, I am so glad that it is over. Ahhhh. Now I can enjoy Fall and Halloween and all things that come my way until dreary January sets in.

Cohen and I made these pumpkins a few weeks ago. I found some paper mache pumpkins in the Michaels dollar bins and snatched the rest of them up. A little Elaine's craft glue and Martha Stewart glitter made them quite the centerpiece for a Fall table. Seriously, so easy. I was in charge of smothering glue and Cohen poured the glitter. I would have been easier without the kid, but he was great. (Another reason I am thankful for preschool. He's become a much more controlled crafter.)

The Link outfit has not come off in 3 days. We didn't let him wear it to church today, but it has been everywhere else. He was eager to get it on as soon as we walked in the door. I should be grateful that he loves it so much. There will come a day when he will no longer appreciate my handmade goodies.

Boy, these photos are junky. We have not reinstalled Photoshop so I did not edit the pics, but honestly I thought I was a better photographer than this... sheesh! Enjoy your week.

*For those of you who may not know, the Primary is the children organization at church. I am in the Primary Presidency, meaning I help this organization function (scary, I know). Each Fall we put on a little program in Sacrament meeting where all of the children speak and sing the songs they've been learning all year. It is definitely a highlight of the year as much entertainment can be obtained, but as a leader, it is STRESSFUL. I have the acne to prove it. Til' next year!

Friday, October 24, 2008


A conversation with Cohen at 5:00 pm on Thursday while old Legend of Zelda cartoons were playing in the background.

Lori:: What should I make for dinner?

Cohen:: Um... Let's go to Subway.

Lori:: What do you want at Subway?

Cohen:: A cheese sandwich and chips.

Lori:: I can make you a cheese sandwich and chips here.

Cohen:: You could make me a Link suit.

Lori:: A Link suit?

Cohen:: Yeah. It is green and brown with a hat and boots and a belt and a sword holder.

Lori:: Okay. *digs through stash and finds just enough brown and green fleece*

One hour later Mike walked through the door from work to find Zelda (me) and Link (Cohen) saying, "Let's go to Subway." It is by no means fancy, but he thinks he looks so tough. Plus, I'd way rather sew than make dinner. :)

Thursday, October 23, 2008


I just had a really good day yesterday. It all turned out fantastic. These are some of the things that made me happy.

:: I got Cohen to school on time - he's usually the last one there.
:: I wasn't nauseous all day - ALL DAY - HOLY MOLY!
:: I went to JoAnn's and everything I needed was on sale.
:: I went to Heartland Paper and they had a die cut of a skeleton tree - 3rd scrapbook store I tried.
:: I got all of the stuff on my list done - except clean the house, but that never really counts as done even when I do it.
:: A few mailboxes in our building got broken into and ours didn't.
:: I took a small nap.
:: I am still reading Frankenstein and LOVING it.
:: The weather is perfect and I had to wear socks and a sweater all day and never got hot. WAHOO!
:: I worked for 3 hours and Cohen self entertained the entire time.
:: It only cost $29.98 to fill up Mike's completely empty gas tank - seriously, I sputtered into the station.
:: I won a fantastic scarf and gloves and slippers and hot chocolate and candy at Bunco.
:: Steph put out a bowl of cinnamon bears at Bunco - my absolute favorite candy is chewy cinnamon anything.
:: My hair is finally long enough to start crimping again - and it looks great.
:: I bought a body pillow with a very soft pillow case.
:: I slept with said body pillow ALL NIGHT LONG - I haven't slept more than 5 hours at night in weeks. God bless 8+ hours of sleep.

Good day. Good day. Here is to another one.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


I know these pictures are a bit late, but I wanted to show them anyway. Cohen has been in preschool for two months now and he just loves it. His school is in a local elementary school and he goes Mon - Thurs from 9:00 - 12:00. Theoretically, I could get a lot done in twelve hours, but really I've just sat around and enjoyed the quiet.

Outside of his classroom there is a bulletin board of all of the kids in his class. Each day when I drop him off, he shows me where he is and who his friends are that day.

I went with his class on a field trip up Millcreek Canyon. He was so excited to ride a school bus for the first time. He is here with his buddy Noah. They are two peas in a pod.

These are some little buddies on a hike. The had to gather Fall items to make a wreath out of. Of course they mostly picked up sticks and we had several Star Wars reenactments.

He is so happy at school which makes me so happy. I am so glad that we're both enjoying our time away from each other. This is just another thing to add to my list of why I am pro-education.

Friday, October 17, 2008

:: Chickens Just Back From the Shore ::

Cohen doesn't even know what Sesame Street is because it is on way too early. Maybe I should start watching it a little more.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


Hot Diggity... the computer is fixed! Mike is my IT Guy in shining armor. He came through. The computer involved reinstalling the entire operating system. Now that everything is reinstalled, we're just doing the little stuff that you forget you've downloaded in the past... Flash, Adobe Reader, Java... you know, those little plug-ins. But I am so happy to be writing this post from my PC. Sorry Mac lovers.

I also love this time of year. I wish I was feeling a little better in the evenings to get out and go for a walk. I love when my nose is cold. Cohen and I have been doing some fall crafting and it has been fun. I've pulled out the glitter again. The Halloween decorations are out, Cohen's costume is purchased (he wanted to be Dash from The Incredibles), and now I can sit back and eat a bunch of Nerds and Skittles.

I've caught the knitting bug again. I am finally understanding everything and don't have to ask for help on every other stitch. FINALLY. Working at the yarn store has helped, along with the Oracle. The Christmas Art Inside Boutique has been canceled so I have more time to sit and knit now that the pressure to sew a billion bags isn't weighing so heavy.

I've also slowed down on reading. I only read one book last month. Wowzer. I am currently reading Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and I must say it is a RAD book. I am even more curious about her crazy premiscuous life (for the 1800's) and what must have been going through her mind to write a book like that while so young and before so many modern inventions. I've made a mental note to self to be a little more deep in my thought processes (read: yeah right).

Anyway, off to get some work done. Happy candy eating.

Thursday, October 09, 2008


I understand... this blog is totally lame lately. I have not forgotten it, I just haven't had the time or energy or PC to maintain it. I've been getting sick at night and that has caused a major lack of sleep. I don't love feeling groggy all day, but I get so anxious at bedtime because I know it is just a matter of hours before I wake up and it is 2:00 am and I have to run to the bathroom. LAME! Don't get me wrong, there is no other state I'd rather be in than the state I am in now (and I'm not talking Utah), but COME ON!!! It is month four... shouldn't I be feeling better by now? I had a great appointment today. My body is doing what it is supposed to, baby's heartbeat was beating perfectly, and I haven't gained a pound this month. Wahoo! My big ultrasound is scheduled for the second week of November and we'll figure out if this little dude in my gut really is a another little dude. I'll put money on it.

We had a great weekend at my parents house in Ogden. The entire family was in town. Conference was fantastic, the kids all love playing with each other, and my mom made her delicious cinnamon rolls. My SIL Heather (Jeff's wife) announced that she is with child and is due just a few weeks after me. Yahoo!

Are any of you out there IT guys/gals or married to one that might be willing to come and look at our PC. I NEED IT FIXED NOW! for my sanity. You'd have to be willing to work for cheap... like say... a plate of cookies or some Chicken Masala.

Oh - the picture above is my high school graduation. Oh boy, mom, we look lovely! My ol' buddy, Josh Abegglen is in the background. He is one talented artist... check out his portfolio.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008


L to R:: Risalyn Baker Heggie, Julie Thurgood Summerhays, Angie Davenport Jeppesen, Emily Meservy Christensen,
Jodie Chandler Edgington, and Lori Sessions Van Wagoner with the hair whips

Sorry for the lack of posts. I've been laying on the couch a lot, working a lot, working on Primary Program a lot, and not cleaning my apartment. I really don't have much to write about, but I thought I should write something.

The picture above is of moi and my five BFFs from high school. This picture was taken outside of the movie theater in Rexburg, Idaho circa 1997 probably. If it was taken with my camera, it had to have been after Christmas 1996 because I remember taking so many pictures like this with my handy new remote. This is a great group of gals. We now live all over the place, but we still try to get together once a year for a weekend of reminiscing and uncontrollable laughter. We are all married and between the six of us we have 15 kids + one on the way. This February we're headed to Las Vegas sans kids, except Angie's newborn and the one growing in my gut. It will be a great time as always.

I forget that my hair was ever that long even though it was that long from 1994 - 2001. It was magic ninja hair and my security blanket. I didn't cut it (besides trimming) for over 10 years. It got so long while I was on my mission that I was actually sitting on it. Gross. I cut it to my shoulders two weeks before I came home. It was so weird and a bottle of shampoo lasted so long. Anyway, this post is digressing. Thank heavens for good friends.

Friday, September 19, 2008

:: HOT DOG ::

Did any of you receive this Christmas card in 2001? I borrowed this hot dog suit from my ol' pal Doug to use for Halloween. I had just returned from my mission. This picture was taken on the way home from SLC to Idaho for Thanksgiving (as I was returning the costume). I was driving with my sister Lyndsey, and I swerved and pulled off on the side of I-15 to take this picture. I got a lot of honks. I'm happy to say this photo is still displayed on one of my parents walls. They must have been so proud of their daughter. Har! Har!

Did you watch the Martha Stewart episode this week about blogging? Now is your chance to get your blogs featured on her site. Mine has NO CHANCE... but yours might. :) Read more about it here.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

:: I'M A LOSER ::

I got an email from an Internet friend asking how I was doing with the family weight loss challenge that I wrote about last June. I did okay. I did not make my goal and did not earn my $100, but I'm still pleased.

I lost 20 lbs by September 1st. My goal was 30lbs. BUT... I also managed to get myself 3 months pregnant during that time period. My doctor is encouraging me to continue my exercise routine and diet and last month I lost 4 more pounds.

So that is the update. I'm doing okay. For those of you who watched The Biggest Loser last night (I love it), I am rooting for the yellow team. I want that dad to lose weight. He's such a cute old man.

Thursday, September 11, 2008


So... what do you think about that? After 3 long years of waiting and wondering it is FINALLY my turn! I've been sick and lazy but still... Yahoo! I'm due March 23rd, which is soooo far away, but at least I won't be pregnant in July again. I had the most fantastic ultrasound yesterday and my little bean with a heartbeat finally looks almost like a kid.

Other excuses:
  • We're also having some networking technical difficulties. All of my pictures are on the other computer that for some reason is not locating our wireless network right now.
  • Mike has been working 10+ hour days, plus using public transit, and hasn't been home a lot... therefor, I'm waiting on my IT guy to fix the network. I'm a dummy.
  • Cohen has started pre-school, which he still isn't too sure about.
  • I'm writing the Primary Sacrament Meeting Program for church.
  • I've been laying on the couch a lot and not doing a whole lot of anything... which I don't think is really worth blogging about.
Other news:
  • Art Inside Boutique is on December 6th from 10-4 at the previous location. Add it to your calendars.
  • Kim B. had another successful home birth this week and has another girl. This is her 4th child and 3rd girl. I wonder if I'll ever have my 1st...girl that is? We're on Generation 3 of all boys in the Van Wag family.
  • Poppyseeds is having a birthday and is offering free shipping today.
  • It is September 11th. Hug the people you love today and tell them you are glad they are with you.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

:: TOP 3 ::

Per Eric G.'s request, I am listing my three favorite books read this year. Talk about pressure. It really is a toss up between a few, but I'll name the 3 I thought of first... These are not in 1.2.3. order. These are just the top 3.
  1. Pride & Prejudice - I know most people have read this by the time they've reached my age, but it took watching the newer Kiera Knightly version (and that sexy new Mr. Darcy... whoever he is) to want to read the book. This book started off our AWESOME book club.
  2. Princess Academy - You know I can't say enough about the sweet writing of Shannon Hale. I just love her book writing formula and how she is always rooting for the underdog.
  3. Middlesex - A very unlikely choice, I know. Especially because it has a big "OPRAH'S BOOK CLUB" sticker on the over (blech). I don't know what it was about this book. I loved the writing. Loved it. The story in itself was tragic and a little more adult than I am usually fond of, but I couldn't help but feel my heart breaking for this poor character as she/he went through her/his first 14 years as a girl that didn't fit in, to continue to live her/his life as a man that could never be 100% honest in relationships. The history and the secrets of the family were almost too much. Also, the author did a fantastic job of making this story seem like a true to life biography because of the lacing in of historical facts.
Honorable mentions: Count of Monte Cristo, Eclipse, Time Travelers Wife, & Austenland

A few weeks ago I started going through all of the music I've collected over the years. I thought, "If I could only listen to 100 songs for the rest of my life, which ones would they be?" This list is taking a lot more thought and I will share it once it is complete. However, I will say that Beastie Boys, Buddy Holly, Cat Stevens, Uncle Tupelo, Kingston Trio, Weezer, and Rancid are all very high on the list. It is working up to be 100% random.

Apart from the list, I am working on a few knitted items. This cooler weather is putting me in the mood to craft. YAHOO! I love fall crafting. I am going to have to start listening to more books on tape.

Monday, September 01, 2008


I love the rain. LOVE IT! It makes me want to sit around and knit or hand sew or something like that. We have a pretty mellow weekend. My brother Tim has been staying with us for the last few nights. As for the winner of the book and tote, I just shouted out to him as he walked by, "Pick a number between 1 and 14." He picked 8. That is you, Nicole. I'll email you and get your address and either drop it by or put it in the mail this week. Sound groovy?

Enjoy your day off!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

:: I've Read 50+ Books GIVE-A-WAY ::

I made a goal at the beginning of the year to read 50 books by December. I thought it would be harder than it was but then I was introduced to the joy of Young Adult Fiction and I was whipping out a book a day (read: neglecting my housework and letting Cohen watch excess of Spongebob). I was excited to reach my goal a few weeks ago, the idea was to give away the 50th book I read. However, book #50 was LAME so I kept reading until I found one to give away. After a few duds, I decided I'd give away one of my favorites of the year instead.

I loved the Shannon Hale series of Goose Girl, Enna Burning, and River Secrets. I thought they were fantastic and cannot wait to share them with my children in the future. WONDERFUL! So, because I love it so much, I want you to love it, too. I am giving away Goose Girl, the first book in the group. It is not the version posted above, it is just the paperback but it is brand new and still in the Barnes & Noble bag.

And... it will come wrapped up in this cute little book bag tote that was made by moi. Lucky you.

If you are interested in this stuff, just leave me a comment below with your name and your favorite book (besides the Twilight Series) that you've read this year. If you have a suggestion for more books, I'd love to hear it. I'll pick a random winner on August 31st.

I'm glad my love for books has been resurrected, and I am glad Mike is supportive with it. You can tell a good man when he says, "I'll take Cohen to the park so you can read your book." Love you babe!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

:: Puttering Around ::

So, I realized it has been awhile since I've written here, even though I've written LOADS in my personal journal. Right now I just like the feel of ink on paper. We've been pretty busy just puttering around and watching the Olympics. I don't even really have much to say. We did visit Central Utah for our friends Sam & Andrada's wedding. I've never really been through the part of Central Utah that is not along the I-15 corridor. If wasting gas is ever in our budget again, maybe I'll go explore more. I hear there is a lot to see off of those back roads. Anyway, until I am ready to post something more blog worthy, here is what the happy couple would look like if they were a neon sign in Las Vegas.

(I think this is one of Photoshop's most random Filter options.)

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

:: Man... I Miss That Hair ::

I was just going through some old pictures and found a bunch of Cohen with his long hair last winter. I sure miss that hair. I just asked him if he'd like long hair again and said, "It is too itchy." Do you think he really knows what he is talking about?

Monday, August 04, 2008

:: The End ::

So - I am sure that most posts in blogland today will be about this stupid book. :) My thoughts are that I thought is was pretty good. There were a few too many "Are you kidding me?" type moments, but at least I only found about 3 typos (compared to the first book... yikes!). I thought it ended very sweetly, especially the last two pages. The last chapter is very appropriately named "Happily Ever After". I don't want to give anything away for those who haven't read it. It didn't end the way I predicted, but at least Meyer kept the vampire/human/wolf conflict going. I was glad to see that didn't end. But, it is always a little sad when I anticipate things almost to an obsession and they end. I think that is the worst part. What are your thoughts on it? Does anyone know of a good series that I can read?
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