“A person's a person, no matter how small.”

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, It's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, And that enables you to laugh at life's realities.”-Dr. Suess

Thursday, November 02, 2006

And, so it must be...

So, after much hesitation (on my part) and prodding (from Trent) I must move my blog over to the Miskin family website. Trent set up the site, and added the blog tool just for me. It is a lot better than blogger, plus, you'll have access to more pictures! You also don't have to be signed in or anything to leave comments. The web address is simple www.miskinfamily.com! Hope to see you all there!

Monday, October 30, 2006

The World is a Little Quieter Today

Early this morning, while we were all asleep, the world became a quieter place. One of my dearest, oldest friends passed away today. Brother Blaine Hill was the loudest, most active elderly man I have known. I think he made a difference in many peoples lives. Those around Tracy may know him as the man who fought for more handicap parking (and he is the reason for all those ridiculous handicap spots at the mall :) My favorite memory of Brother Hill is when he drove to Utah my first summer at BYU. I hardly knew him then, but he called me up, and took me out to breakfast. He took me to the same place he had been eating at all week. He already knew all the waitresses and referred to me as his girlfriend. Since that breakfast, I have considered Brother Hill a dear friend. When I got married, he gave Trent a good talking to, but he still called me his girlfriend. He was so excited to meet Tanner after he was born. Unfortunately, I was looking forward for him to meet Natalya, and I am sad that he won't, for now. Although it is a sad day, I think those of us who knew him can look back and think about all the wonderful memories we had of him, and the wonderful life he lived!

Thursday, October 26, 2006

First Snow!

So, we had our official first snow yesterday! It didn't really ever stick very much, but it was fun to watch! It flurried off and on all day, then, last night it was actually coming down pretty hard! I love the snow, and the winter time so much. It was so exciting to me to see the snow again! Am I crazy??

Thursday, October 19, 2006

A Good Experience

I actually had (have had) a good experience with a car repair shop. Since Trent works, I am the designated car dropper offer to have the car repairs done. I almost always take our cars to the Campus American Car Care Center on the corner of Bulldog and Canyon Dr. here in Provo (right at the entrance to BYU campus) for an oil change and for other random needs. This place in ran by a guy named John. He is ALWAYS there when I go in. He is the nicest guy. He always talks to my kids, and explains things in terms I would understand. After he explains things to me, he even writes down the problems he encounters with the car, so that I can take it home and show it to Trent if I need to. It is one of the only places I can take the car in for an oil change, and not have them tell me a million things I need to have done (transmission flush, air filter, ect).

About a month ago, I took my car in for an oil change, and Tanner left his play sunglasses behind. Well, earlier this week, I took Trent's car in, and lo and behold, there were Tanner's sunglasses sitting right on the front desk. John saved them, because he knew we would be back in sometime, and we would see them. Even better, they fixed something on Trent's car, for free! Something went wrong with Trent's door, and you could only open it form the outside. They went ahead and fixed it for me, free of charge!

It is rare these days, as a woman, to be able to go into a car place and not feel like you’re being scammed or pushed around. I recommend this place to anyone who is in the Provo area. They give a small student discount on oil changes, and they specialize in tires. Anyway, I wanted to leave some kind of comment for them, but they didn't have a comment box, or anything in of the like, so I thought I post on my blog would suffice.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Fun With Friends

Last Monday (I know, I'm a little late) I had the opportunity to spend some time with my friend Jenn, who moved away a few months ago. Her, her husband, and their two little girls came down for the long weekend from the Boise, ID area. I promised Jenn's husband that if he took pictures for us, I would blog about our fun afternoon.

So, a few of us and our families all got together and decided to go out to lunch! We went to a place here in Provo called Cafe Rio (if you live ANYWHERE in Utah, I am sure you have heard of it). It is Jenn and Jareds favorite place to eat, so whenever they come to visit, they have to eat there. To be honest, Trent and I aren't real huge fans, but that's a whole other blog entry. Of course we would sacrifice to spend some time with friends! After we ordered, we went over to a park to eat! It was fun to sit around and talk. The best part of the lunch was getting pictures of all the cute kids! SO instead of boring everyone with play by play, I will just share the pictures with everyone.

The first picture is Tanner climbing a cross a tree limb. If you look in the bottom/middle part of the picture, you can see the top of someones head. Don't worry, Tanner wasn't up that high, that is the head of a 16 month old little girl! The second picture, to the right, is of all the kids (minus the babies). I think it was pretty darn amazing that we got them all to sit there long enough, and some of them are even looking at the camera and smiling! Notice Tanner is the only boy? He is already macking it up! The third picture on the left is even more amazing than the second. Not only did we get all the kids to sit there, with some lookaing at the camera and smiling, we also got the babies in the picture! We are all pretty patient people I suppose! (err I guess I mean the kids are pretty patient). Tanner still being the only boy... And, obviously all these kids aren't mine and Jenn's, there were two other famlies that came along with us. The fourth pictures to your right is of Jenn and I, and our two babies! Now, these baby girls are pretty special. Natalya and Aliza were best friends in the womb. They were only born 2 days apart. Aliza was actually born on the 4th of July, while Natalya was born on the sixth. If Jenn wouldn't have moved, we would have been in the hospital together! Aren't we cute mom's! The last and final picture on your left, is of our cute baby girls again. Someday, they will be roommates and will have this picture hanging on their wall in their freshman dorm room at BYU!

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Stick It

So I finally watched the recently released gymnastics movie called "Stick It. I was extremely hesitant to rent it. Stick It was produced (?) by the same people who did the cheer leading move Bring It On.

When Bring It On came out, I was a high school cheerleader, so of course I had to see it (I actually OWNED it). There were several things in Bring It On that bothered me. First was the foul language and crude humor. There were more than enough inappropriate jokes. The other things that bothered me were the inaccuracies of high school cheerleading. The cheer squads in this movie were doing moves only allowed in college cheer competitions. These so called high schooler's were doing huge basket tosses with flips (which is grounds for disqualification in high school cheerleading competitions). Also, I don't know that ANY of the actresses were actual cheerleaders, and most of the stunt and tumbling were done by "stunt men". Lastly, the story line was a little lame and uncreative... a girl who
was a gymnast who never had cheered before (hey like me) makes the squad, the struggles to make it to nationals, trying to beat out a "Cinderella" squad who they hate, but then end up being friends with in the end.

So, when Stick It came out, I was a little concerned. I don't care about cheer leading enough to let Bring It On really bother me... BUT to taint my beloved gymnastics.... that would bother me. Finally, last night I decided to rent it at Red Box. When the movie first started, I was a little confused; it started out with this girl doing extreme bike riding, getting in trouble with the law, and getting sent to a school called VGA. So, where's the gymnastics? Ohhh, VGA stands for Voight Gymnastics Academy and is some kind of gymnastics gym/high school. Anyway, you soon learn that the biker babe, Hailey, was a retired elite gymnast who choked at the Worlds gymnastics competition, and walked out before competing her last event, and lost the gold medal for the US team. All the gymnasts HATE her for it, and, in turn, Hailey hated gymnastics. How ever, she is forced to do gymnastics to fulfill her "Sentence". Anyway, the story line is actually pretty interesting. Trent even came in the room a few times to catch a few parts. You just have to watch it.

Okay, so how did it compare to Bring It On? I was surprisingly satisfied. Most of the actresses were gymnasts, and at the competitions, several gymnastics played themselves (Nastia Lukin, Carley Paterson). Therefore, the gymnastics moves were accurate. The routines the gymnasts performed were accurate, as far as I could tell, for the elite level of gymnastics. Also, the gymnastics competition scenes were exactly like all the gymnastic competitions I have ever seen. Even better, the foul language and inappropriate behavior was pretty much non-existent. Overall, I really enjoyed the movie! I enjoyed the story line, and watching all the gymnastics! So, two thumbs up from me, I recommend it to all gymnastics lovers!

One of my favorite quotes from the movie:"Gymnastics tells you no. All day long. It mocks you over and over again. Telling you- you're an idiot. If you like pulling pieces of skin the size of quarters of your hands- bars is for you. Because the only thing more fun then rips, is when your rips get rips. It's super sexy. And floor, are you serious, who doesn't want to parade around in a leotard getting wedgies and doing dorky choreography. If you like falling, then gymnastics is the sport for you! You get to fall on your face, your butt, your back, your knees, and you're pride! It's a good thing I didn't like falling- I LOVED IT!"

Monday, October 02, 2006

Busy Weekend!

This past weekend was very busy weekend for us, but very fun!

It all started Thursday afternoon. Trent's company had a party to watch the BYU football game. The party was at a clubhouse with a cool TV and a lot of yummy food. Even better, BYU played awesome and kicked TCU's butt! It was a very fun night. Even Tanner and Natalya had fun. Tanner had about 4 other boys to play with, all about his age, and Natalya got passed around, so she was held all night! The food was catered by The Smokehouse Pizza and BBQ. For those of you in the Provo area, you have to try it! Trent and I go a lot, but it is better every time we eat it.

On Friday, (Trent's 26th birthday!!) we went out to celebrate! Around 4 we left Trent's office. We headed over to the Thanksgiving Point Farmers Market. We go there for one thing and one thing only: The Salsa Factory hot salsa. It is so good, and they only sell it at farmers markets. It's fresh salsa so you can't save it, you kind just have to buy and eat. Anyway, it is the best salsa, and only 4 dollars for a pretty decent sized container. They also make tamales... which I haven't had the chance to try yet (This Friday I will!) Anyway, the farmers market runs through Oct. 11th, and is on Fridays from 3pm to 7pm. After the market we headed to Trent's aunt Karen and Uncle Dan's house. Karen watched Tanner and Natalya for us so we could go to the Market Street Grill for dinner. We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner! We ordered the crab, spinach, artichoke dip for an appetizer. It was really good. It ha a little spice to it, and this awesome bread crumb crust thing over the top. Next we got clam chowder. Trent and I are clam chowder lovers. This chowder was pretty good. However, half way through we put in some Tabasco or fun, and oh it made it taste incredible! My meal was calamari. It was pretty good, the tri colored green beans were my favorite part of the dish. Trent went all out and got the Monk Fish. We had no idea what it was, but our waitress said it tasted like lobster. OH and it did taste like lobster! It was so good. it was my favorite of the whole meal, and it wasn’t even mine! We then went and picked the kids up, and headed out for the next event of the night.

In February, Trent's company was invited to a convention at the Homestead Resort in Midway, Utah. They were again invited to a similar convention, except this time it was at the new Zermatt Resort in Midway, Ut. What the company does is lets different couples stay at the resort on different nights, so we all get a chance to go! Our night was Friday night. We got in pretty late, so we just watched movies and ate snacks. In the morning, we took the kids swimming. The pool was so cool, it was really warm, and it had this little tunnel you could swim to get into the outdoor pool. The hot tub also had a waterfall flowing into it!

Around 10am we headed home, and finished off our weekend listening to/watching LDS general conference. We really enjoyed hearing what the prophets and apostles had to say to us, and struggle to listen the best we could, and still keeping Tanner entertained! Saturday night Trent's brothers came over for tres leches cake (Trent's favorite!). All in all it was a fun weekend! But we are glad to be able to relax and catch up on sleep.

P.S. Trent and I finally got the Miskin Family website back up. The only part that is working right now is the picture gallery. The site is www.miskinfamily.com/gallery. We post all of our pictures on there if you are interested in taking a look!