Friday, November 30, 2007

Tagged again!

OK, I'm so old by now and I talk so much, I figure you guys could just as easily fill in these blanks, but I'll do it so you can get my side of the story! Here are the answers to the following questions about my husband (Steve)...I love you, Steve!
1. Full name: Steven James Griffitts
2. How long have you been married? 30 years last August
3. How long did you date? (play some syrupy music for this one!) We're still dating!But we started dating before his mission, broke up and then got back together 2 years later and dated for about 6 months before we got married. Does that count as about 3 1/2 years!?
4. How old is Steve? 52. He's younger than me by a year and a day - ok, do the math - I'm 53, and dang proud of it! I'm shooting for 100, and I think I can make it!
5. Who eats more? Probably Steve. I'm on a perpetual diet, except when I don't want to be, then I eat more, which causes me to go back on my perpetual diet....
6. Who said "I love you" first. Definately Steve. He used to get so ticked off because I wouldn't just say "I love you" all the time. I didn't want to use the phrase out! I've since changed my mind about the frequency of using that particular phrase, but he's still got me on that one!
7. Who is taller? Steve. I am now the shortest person in the family - unless you compare me to the grandkids - but they are growing up fast, so I am sure that soon I'll get to retain my title as shortest in the family!
8. Who sings better? That's like comparing apples to oranges - I'm an alto and he's a bass. But he's a more confident singer than I am...
9. Who is smarter? He'll say it's me, I'll say it's him... are we too sweet, or what!
10. Who has the worst temper? I do. It usually takes a while to get me to boil, but I don't boil quietly!
11. Who does the laundry? Well, I do, but he would if he were home more often. It's sort of an obsession with him. (check out the answer to the following question)
12. Who does the dishes? I do because I'm home more often, but when Steve is home he runs the dishwasher with only 3 or 4 dishes in it! He really is 'OCD' with dishes and laundry! (It's a deep-seated family problem...)
13. Who sleeps on the right side of the bed? This is one of those hard to answer questions depending on where the right side is. Our answer has much more to do with where the door to the bedroom is - he has to be closest to the door - not to get crying babies in the night (although he did do that when we actually had them in our home) but he wants to be the one who gets to nail an intruder first if one ever actually intrudes on our home in the night!
14.Who pays the bills? Steve. He's kind of OCD about that, too, so I gave up the idea of paying bills early on.
15. Who mows the lawn? I used to. Steve would get all guilty watching me mow on Saturday while he sat watching a football game or something, until I finally explained that it was free time for me while he watched the kids! Besides, I always did like working outside. But now we pay 'Mikey' to mow.
16. Who cooks? Usually I cook. Steve orders take-out.
17.Who drives when we are together? Steve. It's a guy thing. He says it's because I'm not on the insurance for his company car, but it started WAY before that, and after our experience in Belgium when I had to drive because he'd broken his hip, we both sort of agreed it was better for our marriage if I let him drive when we are together.... (use your imagination - type 'A' personality being driven ANYWHERE by someone other than a paid driver....) We're still married!
18. Who is more stubborn? I let Steve think he is. I win more arguments by saying (sweetly, of course!) "I'd rather be happy than right..."
19. Who is first to admit being wrong? (refer to the answer to #18 - VERY useful for winning any kind of contest!!!)
20. Who's parents do you see most? Steve's mom is the only one still among us - that we can physically see, anyway! I'm sure they see lots of us!
21. Who proposed? Steve. I'm an 'old fashioned' girl!
22. Who has more friends? Steve. He knows everyone in town. I have acquaintances - and Mona.
23. Who has more siblings? I win this one by one! I've got 6 siblings and Steve only has 5.
24. Who wears the pants in the family? Again, I'll reference the answer to question # 18. It's amazing how often you can get your way by being sweet. My grandmother used to say "You catch more flies with honey than vinegar" - I listened to that!

OK, I tag Sandy, Meagan, Tawni and Suzie

Friday, November 23, 2007

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Supper time with Dennis and Kelli

Dennis and Kelli just fed us all haystacks this evening. YUM!
And pie for dessert! This was the only group picture I was able to get, but there were more people there tonight - just not in front of my camera!

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Big Fun with Marimbas at the Fall Folk Festival in Spokane!

What fun! Today Coeurimba performed at the Spokane Community college for an anual event called the Fall Folk Festival. Walter and Ramona came with us and it was so much fun! Here is a pretty good picture of the group. Tina is on the floor in front of a marimba, Char is next sitting behind the other marimba. Standing starting from the left is Julie, Bob, me, Denise, Eileen and Sally. It's cool because each performance is more fun than the last!
There is just no way a still picture can capture the speed and intensity of playing the marimba! Suffice it to say that I did't need to wear a coat! Marimba playing is a pretty good work out! Don't believe me? Watch Julie play the bass for Mhnanga - it's an aerobic experience just to watch her!

This is not only an aerobic activity, it is rhythms, patterns, music, lots of brain excercise! My friend calls this 'Brain Age live'!

Friday, November 2, 2007

A Bee-utiful time in Rexburg!

OK, I may never get this blog thing exactly right... The first time I ever up-loaded pictures they came out in the order I selected them - which was backwards for the story, so I have learned to pick the last ones first and work backwards from there. However, as you can see, something has changed, and now the first pictures (which are the end of the story....) are first! Anyway, we had fun carving pumpkins and then soaking and baking the seeds. They are really tasty, and the pumpkins turned out just fine!
And Ava was the cutest little bumblebee in the whole place! Anyone dare to disagree with Gramma?!
See what I mean? C-U-T-E!!!
That smart little girl knows that it pays to snuggle up to Gramma (in front of the not-yet-opened Rexburg temple!)
Sleeping beauty taking a nap while Lindsay and I eat our lunch in the park by the falls in Idaho Falls. Another beautiful day with my girls!