Thursday, January 31, 2008
In other news, Paul's grandfather is in the hospital and it is unclear whether or not he will recover. I'm a little fuzzy on all the details, but I know it is very serious and all the family is gathering in California, preparing for the worst. Paul's parents are heading out on Saturday, and Paul is looking into doing the same. Obviously, with Ethan's current condition, he and I will be staying behind, but we may go out later next week.
So, it's a bit of a stressful time here at the Snow house... we welcome all prayer donations!!!
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
We just got back from our mini vacation and we had a blast! Boston and New Hampshire were very cold (shocker, I know) but we survived. We drove up to Boston on Saturday and went straight into Cambridge. Parked and walked around the Harvard campus just a little bit, then ate some dinner and looked around a bit more. Then we drove to our hotel, where Ethan was a total psycho and didn't want to go to sleep. I think he finally passed out around 11:00, but Paul had to sleep on the pull-out couch with him. He compared it to camping. Fun.
Then on Sunday we drove into downtown Boston to see the sights. Of course there was a blizzard that day, and the wind was *strong.* It was fine in the beginning, we were having fun running around in the snow. Ethan was pretending to "ski" along the streets and throwing snowballs at mommy. But after 90 minutes or so we all got cold and decided to go to the aquarium. On the way there we stopped at Faneuil Hall for a bite to eat and to warm ourselves up. It was great! Ethan had pizza and Paul had a gyro. We all had a nice big cup of hot chocolate. YUM. Then on to the aquarium, which was awesome!!! Ethan totally loved it and we were happy for the warmth. We spent a good two or three hours there, then hoofed it back to the car in the wind and snow. After that we met up with our good high school friend Emily, whom we hadn't seen in like seven years. We had a lot of fun catching up, even if Ethan was a bit of a pill during dinner. Then we drove to our hotel in Vermont and passed out- it was a really long day!
Monday was our tour of Dartmouth up in Hanover, NH. Paul had an interview at Tuck, their business school, and I met up with a student's wife who drove me around town and showed me the ropes. We loved the town and the school is gorgeous. Everyone was really nice and friendly. Paul said his interview went well; we should have their decision by the end of March. At the end of the day we drove down to Connecticut to stay for the night.
We drove the rest of the way this morning and got back around 3:30 this afternoon. So, here are a few lessons we learned from this weekend:
1. New Englanders LOVE Dunkin Donuts. Seriously. There's a DD every 50 feet. In Hanover, the Wal-Mart had a DD inside, like ours has a McDonald's.
2. Sharing a hotel room with a three-year-old really sucks.
3. Wearing your husband's leather jacket because you have nothing warm that fits you when you're eight months pregnant just makes you look fat, not pregnant.
4. No trip with Ethan is complete without an episode of explosive diarrhea. Check and mate.
Oh, and here are the pictures. Sorry I'm not more descriptive in the titles, but you get the idea.
Friday, January 25, 2008
Pearl Jam "Mr. Point" Shirt - Vitalogy Tour (Back Graphic)
I have had at least five Pearl Jam shirts over the years (see the picture below for my LA 98 shirt) and even more shirts emblazon with some grunge band's logo. I have gotten rid of all of them but one: a Pearl Jam shirt Sarah gave me while I was on my mission. I got this "Mr. Point" shirt at a rescheduled Pearl Jam show my dad and I attended in Austin in 1995. The shirt never fit right but we enjoyed the show. The Ramones opened and we ran into a band member at the airport the following day. Think I eventually sold this shirt on eBay.
Us with the Kings (Sarah's Family) in Biloxi, MS - Summer 2004
Grand Royal "Pong" Shirt
I cannot find any pictures of this shirt but it was one of several Michael Jordan shirts I had. I still have my "Why Jump" shirt but this shirt (which featured a silhouette of Jordan jumping in front of the moon and said something like "Not all Superheros wear a Cape") also succumbed to a fate of self-implosion. It just developed a large hole and was eventually tossed.
Paul's Room - Bartlesville, OK - 1997
This is a picture of my closet from high school. Beyond the visible shirts (some of which I still wear by the way - at least ten years after the fact), you can see a pair of my Dennis Rodman shoes. They had a gel interlining and featured zippers in case you were too tired to tie your laces. These also eventually blew up while I was on my mission in Oslo. RIP.
Frequently Visited Sites (At Least Every Two Days)
Yahoo is my preferred Search Engine because I like their News and Finance sections. I use GMail for personal email though.
I also am frequenting a few B School sites. One that is updated daily and is pretty thorough is Clear Admit (http://www.clearadmit.com/blog).
Less Frequently Visited Sites (At Least Every Two Weeks)
The two shows I watch with some degree of consistency are The Office (http://www.nbc.com/The_Office/video/episodes.shtml) and 30 Rock (http://www.nbc.com/30_Rock/video/episodes.shtml). Both are available online so I rarely watch them on TV anymore.
I also like the downloadable audio books from our library (http://princewilliam.lib.overdrive.com/F28B3DE3-1D35-4C3D-AE1A-EA1774AAA51D/10/349/en/default.htm). I haven't downloaded many of them but I love the flexibility and general selection.
I also visit a few other sites to tame my inner cheapskate (http://www.slickdeals.net), nerd (http://www.theforce.net and http://www.rebelscum.com) and fan (http://www.espn.com).
That's about it. Other sites occasionally gain my interest and then fade from view. Two that are currently of interest are located on BYU's main site: BYU Speeches (http://speeches.byu.edu/) and Sperry Symposium Speeches (http://byubroadcasting.org/sperry/). Need to load a few of these on the iPod.
Paul's LinkedIn Profile: http://www.linkedin.com/profile?viewProfile=&key=3477509
Paul's YouTube Page: http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=snow8294
Sarah's YouTube Page: http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=given2fly22
Our Flickr Page: http://www.flickr.com/photos/paulsnow/
Yet Another Flickr Page: http://www.flickr.com/photos/8537006@N03/
Yes, we have three Flickr Pages: http://www.flickr.com/photos/22782220@N06/
Paul's Facebook Page: http://byu.facebook.com/profile.php?id=763980524
Sarah's Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=763685077
Paul's MySpace Page: http://www.myspace.com/monkywrech
Sarah's MySpace Page: http://www.myspace.com/ethansmom04
Ethan's MySpace Page: http://www.myspace.com/ethansnow
Okay, this final page is a gem. I initially had to put together a website for an economics class and ended up with this beauty. It's got everything - from my high school GPA to a copy of the Unibomber's manifesto. It's been almost five years since we graduated from OU but the university kept this page up, recognizing its value to enrich the lives of future generations.
Local Party Animals
Hobbs' Blog: http://travandmel.blogspot.com/
Beatty's Blog: http://beattysix.blogspot.com/
Kunz's Blog: http://keepingupwiththekunzs.blogspot.com/
Ellsworth's Blog: http://www.jonshaunae.blogspot.com/
Steve and Gena's Blog: http://stevesnowfamily.blogspot.com/
Lauren's Facebook Page: http://uvsc.facebook.com/profile.php?id=546989116
Niels' Blog: http://snowkidsz.blogspot.com/
Niels' Other Blog: http://niithewii.blog.com/
Claudia, Bryce and Kevin also have Facebook and/ or Myspace pages.
Plant's Blog: http://www.xanga.com/teaplants
Christensen's Blog: http://christensenboomerang.blogspot.com/
FOOD AND BEVERAGES
Company: Giant (Ticker Symbol: AMS/ Exchange: Euronext)
Good: Breakfast Cereal
Easy decision. Cereal reins supreme. We each have our own preference. Ethan is currently on an Apple Jacks kick, I prefer Wheaties and Sarah has some healthy, girl cereal like Special K or Honey Bunchs of Oats. As a side note, did you know the Giant brand of grocery stores is owned by a European conglomerate now?
Company: Citi (Ticker Symbol: C/ Exchange: NYSE)
We don't buy much furniture - the main good that is of any interest under this category - but when we do, we like to at least consider Crate and Barrel - especially the outlet in Alexandria. No clue about the company's ownership structure but it definitely isn't public though. Could possibly be a holding company for James Bond bad guys for all I know.
Company: Land's End (Ticker Symbol: SHLD/ Exchange: Nasdaq)
This was a tough one. I suppose that most of our clothing cash ends up at Baby Gap and Gymboree but like to think otherwise. Chose Land's End because Sarah just bought a jacket from there is anticipation of moving to either MI or NH. In addition, we are currently stocking up on 2T male underwear for E-Man. Preferred patterns include Cars and Spiderman.
Company: Honda (Ticker Symbol: HMC/ Exchange: NYSE)
ConocoPhillips (Ticker Symbol: COP/ Exchange: NYSE)
Good: Car Insurance
Went with two companies here - Honda because we are still paying for the CR-V we bought last summer and ConocoPhillips because we buy company when we can. We don't buy car insurance very often but we have used it several times in the last year. First, the Stratus was totaled. Then, I rear-ended someone with a rental car. Then, someone backed up into the Neon earlier this month (Don't worry. It is fine and they paid for everything. We got a new bumper, which really makes the car look significantly more fly).
Company: Inova (Private)
Good: Contact Lenses
Inova is merging with Prince William Country Hospital System, where we will have Sadie in a few months. In addition, Sarah is going to get new contacts later this month though she'd prefer to spring for the lasik like JTB. Sorry Sarah. I'm just not as big a baller.
Company: GE (Ticker Symbol: GE/ Exchange: NYSE)
Viacom (Ticker Symbol: VIA/ Exchange: NYSE)
Goods: Dog Food
Toss up between the parent companies of NBC and Nickelodeon. Sorry Disney. I prefer you but think Sarah and Ethan stick to SpongeBob over Handy Manny.
EDUCATION AND COMMUNICATION
Company: Virgin Mobile (Ticker Symbol: VM/ Exchange: NYSE)
Sarah and I both have pre-paid cell phones from Virgin and are really happy with them. We spend more on services with Verizon but feel, given we didn't have much of a choice in providers for landline phone service and internet, that we'd go with a cellular carrier here. The postage is merely a reflection of a recent eBay selling spree. Expect tuition to top next year's list in this category.
OTHER GOODS AND SERVICES
Company: Target (Ticker Symbol: TGT/ Exchange: NYSE)
Goods: Financial Planning
Not sure what to put here but chances are we are buying whatever this category entails at Target. We actually only pay Fidelity right now for any type of financial planning but that is minimal.
Title of the post is an Emerson quote BTW.
Title of the post is an Whitman quote BTW. Thx FTD.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
I have no idea if I could ever actually make any of those things myself, but it's fun to dream.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
What’s his name? Paul Evans
How long have you been together? since February 21, 1998, our senior year of high school- almost ten years!!
How old is he? 28
Who eats more? probably Paul, though that's not really a fair question to ask a pregnant lady
Who said I love you first? I don't remember... it might have been me. It was definitely over the phone, and only a few weeks after started dating
Who is taller? we are actually the exact same height, and even wear the same size shoes. It comes in very handy!
Who is smarter? Okay seriously, what kind of question is this? I'd say Paul is *much* smarter when it comes to money, math, current events, and his analytical reasoning skills are much better developed than mine. I am better at science, spelling and grammar. I'm also better at remembering useless facts and dates. Paul never ceases to amaze me with the breadth of his knowledge- he always has an educated opinion on almost any topic, reads books and articles about everything from presidential candidates to the NFL. He puts me to shame.
Who does laundry? I do. I don't really like it, but it makes much more sense for me to do it than Paul. Besides, it drives me nuts the way Paul crams stuff into the washer- like three times the amount that is supposed to go in each load. I've gone to put things in the dryer after a Paul load and portions of some of the clothes weren't even wet!!!
Who does the dishes? it depends. Lately it's been driving me crazy to have anything in the sink, so I've been doing more dishes than in the past. And Paul has been working long hours and putting together B school applications, so he's been kind of busy in the evenings. But under normal circumstances, he washes the dishes after dinner.
Who sleeps on the right side of the bed? if you're standing at the foot of the bed looking at the head, Paul sleeps on the right side.
Who pays the bills? Paul. Like I said earlier, he is much smarter about money than I am.
Who mows the lawn? Triple S Landscaping Service
Who cooks dinner? Me. No qualifiers necessary. I cook. Always. But I like to cook so I don't mind. I would like some input on what to have now and then, but I don't mind doing the work.
Who drives when you are together? we share that responsibility. Usually it depends on whether or not Paul brought his wallet down from our bedroom.
Who is more stubborn? Paul would probably say me. But I really think it's him. He makes very educated decisions and is verrrrrry hard to convince otherwise.
Who kissed who first? hmmm... I guess it was kind of mutual. We looked at each other and it just kind of happened.
Who asked out who first? I have no idea. We were in high school, so didn't go on a lot of "dates."
Who proposed? Paul. It was so sweet- he kidnapped me from my sorority house at like 2 a.m. and took me to a nearby lake. He gave me 42 long-stem roses (one for each month we'd been together), and set out a blanket on the ground for us to sit on. He had written me a letter stating all the reasons he wanted to marry me and spend the rest of his life with me. After he read the letter, he got down on one knee and presented the ring (which we had picked out the week before). It was soooo sweet!!! He proposed on August 30, 2001 and we were married January 3, 2002.
Who has more siblings? Paul- he has four; I have one.
Who wears the pants in the family? I'd say Paul. We make most of our decisions together, but I feel like Paul has it together so much more than I do, so I trust his guidance more than my own.
I love you, babe! You're the best!!
Monday, January 21, 2008
Anyway... enough of my ramblings. I had Paul take another belly shot of me last night. I swear, I get bigger by the hour. I've had several people say "You barely even look pregnant!" and others who've said "March?? I thought you were due in a few weeks!" I think I look ginormous, and I definitely *feel* that way. You be the judge.
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Anyway, most of the projects involve painting. We decided to start off with the easiest painting project of them all: the kitchen. It has the least amount of wall space of any room in the house, making it much easier and faster to paint. (Paul already tackled the bathroom and Ethan's room while we were in Oklahoma- thanks, babe!) So we buckled down and taped all the edges last night, then got up and started painting this morning. Painting blows, but this really wasn't too bad. Like I said, it's a small kitchen so didn't take that long. And I think it looks really good! Much more universally-appealing than the weird goldish-yellow we had before.
Here are the after shots (sorry, couldn't find the before's):
Next on the list is laminate flooring. I'm really excited about that one!!
Henry Kissinger Signature - March 1980
Fortune 500 Board Game
Fortune (also known as the bible if you are Charlie Sheen) put out a board game in the early eighties that had to infringe on Monopoly's copyright. I am guessing Parker Bros. didn't sue though because the Fortune game looks as boring as all get out (which, in case you aren't sure of the matter, is, in fact, really boring). Only reason this is interesting is because Booz Allen was one of the companies featured in the game.
Interested in more? Check out a 1959 profile of the firm in Time at http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,865099,00.html
High School Dance - Bartlesville, OK - 1996
Marine Corp Marathon - Arlington, VA - 2003
Friday, January 18, 2008
Houston, TX - December 2003
Scuba Diving - Beaver Lake, Arkansas - Spring 1997
Paul's High School Graduation - Bartlesville, OK, - May 1998
Extended Snow Family - Bartlesville, OK - April 1999
Anchorage, AK - December 2001
Anchorage, AK - December 2001
Paul and Kevin - Denver, CO - Early 1980's
Snow Family - Bartlesville, OK - 1986
We put this picture in the front of a Book of Mormon that I eventually gave to Sarah. Notice the size of Kevin's head. It is larger that even the adults' heads. Impressive.
Snow Family - Amsterdam - 1989
Snow Family - Paris - 1990 Between the T&C Surf Design shirts and sweat pants, do you think the French recognized that we're American?
Thursday, January 17, 2008
We have been in the throes of potty training this week and it is going much better than I had anticipated. We've been doing it sort of half-a$$ed for a while, but I guess the notion of having two in diapers has finally penetrated my frontal lobe and I decided to give it a shot "for real," so to speak. It has included a lot of forced potty sessions, most of them involving a hysterical Ethan sobbing that he "can't go pee pee"; but if nothing else, this experience has taught me one thing: the amazing power of persuasion. I am constantly amazed at how motivating a stupid plastic man in a stormtrooper outfit can be in the mind of a three-year-old. Every time Ethan "produces" on the potty, he earns a sticker. For every three stickers, he earns a new Star Wars figure. (he is truly his father's son) This has gotten him to go on the potty more times than I can count. He is now to the point of earning at least one figure a day.
The problem arises in the initiation. Or should I say, lack thereof. Basically, he only sits on the potty at our prompting. Or he'll go pee, then 15 seconds later say he needs to go again, simply because he wants to earn another sticker. The connection of "I go on the potty when I need to pee" simply isn't there yet. But you know, I'm strangely okay with that at this point. He is staying dry nearly all day, so long as I am consistent in taking him to the bathroom every 90 minutes or so. This means that we pretty much never leave the house, but again, I can live with that right now. The bottom line is that he is learning *something* and is establishing the habit of regularly going on the potty. And best of all, we are saving money on diapers!!!!
I'm so proud of my little guy. He is getting so big. It is crazy to think that soon we will have another newborn and will start this whole process all over again. To think that Ethan started out that small and has grown into this little person who can run and talk and feed himself, etc. It's amazing. I really love watching him learn new things and his sense of pride in each new accomplishment. Plus he's just so freaking cute. That helps too.
31 Weeks - Late September 2004
32 Weeks - Philadelphia - Early October 2004
We dropped by Philly after attending a Pearl Jam concert in Reading, PA the night before. Think we can safely assume Sarah was one of the only pregnant women in their final trimester at the concert.
33 Weeks - October 2004
34 Weeks - Shenandohah - October 2004
37 Weeks - November 2004
Supreme Court - Dec 2003
Roosevelt Island - Fall 2003
Christmas Picture - Capital - November 2003