Monday, November 17, 2008

Quirks (I've Been Tagged)

I'm kind of new to this blogging thing. My sister-in-law Sharee got me started (see their beautiful family photos below. Her husband, Arthur, is Michael's older brother). She has a super-great blog. Anyhoo, she wrote a blurb about her quirks and tagged all her sisters and me to post our own quirks too. So here goes...


1. I can't sleep without a heavy quilt over me - no matter how hot it is (and it gets pretty hot here Modesto in the summer). There is just something about the weight of quilt that is so comforting.

2. I hate wearing shoes. I'd rather go barefoot during any season. It's not that cold here so I get away with it most of the time. (And like Sharee - I have to wash my feet at night).

3. When we play Settlers, I must have the longest road. Who cares if I ever build a settlement or a city? Who cares if I have a chance to win? If I can get the longest road, I'm as happy as a pig in slop.

4. I hate taking baths. There is something about soaking in a soapy tub full of your own filth that makes me feel icky. Give me a shower any day.

5. I am painfully shy at heart. I have to force myself to interact with people. I always feel like they have much better things to do than talk to me and I don't want to annoy them.  That is one of the reasons Michael is so amazing - he is so outgoing and confident.  He makes friends anywhere.

6. We left Wisconsin when I was 5 and I thought I left my awful mid-western accent there with the cows and the snow but Michael swears that it all comes back - the full "Oh yeah, you betcha" - when I'm super tired.

7. I can't sleep when Mikey is away at school. I watch the food network or reruns of Family Matters (I love Irkle) until I fall asleep around 3am or 4am. I crash hard when Michael comes home on Fridays.

Okay - I just reread these and they are kind of lame :) Sharee's were so much better. Love you Sharee, thanks for thinking of me!

Happy Early Turkey Day!

Every year my dad hosts an early Thanksgiving because he goes home to Wisconsin for Thanksgiving. We had 20+ people over for dinner on the16th. There was tons of food and lots of family. It was really something to be thankful for.

Dad and Dayna

Anthony and Jenny (Jen is talking to Uncle Brian on the phone).

Crystal, Scott and Braylon.

Novalee and Hannah.

My favorite auntie Kathy and Ruff.

Game Night

A few weeks ago we got together with our friends Kim and Scott and Sharece & Justin to have a game night. We played Balderdash and ate cookies - it was a blast!

All the girls having fun.

Everyone was joking around and teasing each other and we got Michael laughing so hard. What a great night!

Me demonstrating how to shove cookie after cookie into your mouth. Mmmm...Oatmeal, Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter Cookie.

The Benedicts - they are a crack-up.

Mikey and his friend Scott - I love the face Michael is making in this photo. Classic Gariety.

Temple Trip

On Saturday November 8th we went with our friends Kim and Scott to the temple. It was such a wonderful experience! We were a little apprehensive about having to face protesters but, as luck would have it, it was raining in Oakland so the protesters had all gone home. We even had time to see the new sculptures on loan at the visitors center - they were incredible! Afterwards we stopped in Pleasanton and had a yummy dinner at the Macaroni Grill. Kim and Scott are so funny - and so much fun!!

Doesn't Michael have the best, brightest smile? I just love that about him!

Kim and Scott - what great friends. We just love you guys!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

WE ROCKed the vote!!!

The itsy-bitsy spider went out to rock the vote...this GIANT spider was outside our polling place. I crawled right onto Michael's "I VOTED" sticker and had to be shooed off.

Michael wanted to show his...disappointment that the "VOTE HERE" sign was also in spanish. If you are a citizen and are going to vote it might be a good idea to know enough english to read the words "VOTE HERE".

Yeah! Voting is COOL!

We love Election Day!!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Takin' It To The Streets

On this election eve Michael and I spent our evening showing support for traditional marriage. There is a Catholic church on a busy street in Modesto that invited us all to stand with them in support of Prop 8. We stood in the rain for more than 2 hours holding signs and standing up for what we believe in. It was amazing!! It rained so hard but we had so much support. Everyone was honking and waving and a nice woman bought tons of hot chocolate for everyone. Below are a few of the pictures I took. A gentleman from the Catholic church asked me to email the photos to him so he can post them on their church's website. It was such a wonderful experience!

Don't forget to get out and vote tomorrow! God Bless America!!