Sunday, June 22, 2008

MEME (from Jocasta, Thanks!)

I've been tagged by Jocasta and I am excited to be tagged for the first time! Thanks Jocasta. *I do not have 8 things for all of my answers*

Eight Things I Have a Passion for:

*My family. When my kids hurt I hurt, may it be one hitting the other or someone making a mean comment to Joey at school. I LOVE these two kids more than anything. When they are happy I am happy, when they are sad I am sad.

*My husband! I want only the best for him. Like my kids when he hurts I hurt too. I want him to be successful in all of his endeavors and happy at his job.

*Teaching. I am big on safety. Cars going too fast down my road (25 mph) they go about 30-35 mph when kids are outside playing. I am also big on babies and kids being treated with respect. I have some stories of neighbors that treat their kids horribly with yelling and swearing. I don’t want that for any child. Not giving children grown up issues that they can’t handle or comprehend.

*Allowing my kids to relax and watch tv. I am big on just decompressing. Yes, my kids watch age appropriate tv. I know the Pediatric monsters will be all over me for that!

*Being sensitive to others, for example, minding my own business. Not asking strangers how many kids they have. You never know if someone is facing infertility issues, miscarriage, stillbirth, or just plan does not want children. If they bring it up and want to talk that is fine I am an ear to help and listen, but as far as asking others that I don’t know well personal questions. Nope won’t do it.

*Animals especially dogs being cared for and not mistreated or abused.

*Trying to not judge others. I know that I often go into public in sweats and not all dolled up and I try hard daily not to judge others for their appearance.

*Honesty. I am not into lying, keeping secrets by omission, or just plan hiding things. I am very honest. I have a guilty conscious and that helps me a great deal in that I am unable to lie or hide things. For example, we recently got a puppy and I was keeping it from my mom for a few days. The guilt got to me and I wrote her an e-mail about it. I felt like I was keeping something from my mom on an issue of buying a puppy. **I would NOT be a good poker player**

Eight Things I Would Like to do Before I Die:

*Travel! Alaska, Australia, islands that are warm and sandy
*Go to Africa and help on a mission trip
*Be debt free
*See my kids graduate from college and marry if they choose
*See grandkids if there are any in our future
*Travel some more. See this great big world of ours
*Raise 2 children with respect, dignity, honesty, and with hearts that are pure and God loving. I want my son to be a gentlemen and my daughter to feel like a princess and with manners. (Maybe she will stop saying poopy butt>>> Please let the soap work soon)
*Continue to have a marriage that is built with communication, trust, and honesty. Continue to LOVE my husband and share more adventurous times with him

Eight Things I Say a Lot:
*I love you
*Max lets go outside (new puppy)
*Oh man
*What? (To the constant mama mama)
*Gabby no

Eight Books I Have Read Recently:
*Lone survivor by Marcus Lutrell
*My sister’s keeper by Jodi Picoult
*Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult
*Baby Proof by Emily Giffin
*Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin
*Something Blue by Emily Giffin

Eight Movies I Have Seen Eight Times:
*Pretty woman
*Dead Poet’s Society
*Finding Nemo
*Toy Story
*My best Friend’s Wedding
*Nadia (Story of Nadia Comaneci/ Gymnast 1976 Olympics)

Eight People I have to Invite to Do This Meme:
*Will or Jen Piper
*Anyone who wants to


Jocasta said...

I'm glad you liked it!

I love that you have tagged Clarissa. She loves them!!!!

Shannon said...

Thanks for the tag. I will get right on it!

Great lists. It is so fun to learn about each other.

Genny said...

I enjoyed reading our list. You sound like a great mom.

Yes, my name is Arizona said...

Great answers! I also let my kids watch tv. And Luke is great on the Wii and on computer games. I don't see how those things are terrible so long as they are not obsessed with them. I think its funny your daughter says poopy butt. At least she isn't saying "butt head" !! lol!

Good & Crazy said...

Double Whammy. And with Jocasta rooting for me?

This will be good...

Too bad you don't know what you are in for!

Laura said...

I loved reading your answers and was impressed by several of them.

Oh and I loved the Nadia movie too. Watched it more like 50 times! Ha ha.
I will get on it...

I can't believe you felt guilty for not telling your mom you got a puppy. I know your someone that can be trusted. Man!

Thanks for thinking of me.

Will Piper said...

Hey Laurie-
Thanks for your support and for being the first one to comment on the homecoming of the girls. We consider that a great honor. Please know that if you are ever in the Milwaukee area that we'd love to meet you and your family. Since Hope and Grace are down for the moment, we thought we'd give the MEME questionnaire a go, although, we'll post it as a comment, as we do enjoy some movies that are not Pixar/Disney, and our blog has some of our students as regular readers (who are 10-12 years old).

Eight Things I Have a Passion for:

*Family (including our dog Maggie)
*Helping people (kids and adults alike) solve problems
*Teaching and educational technology
*The Milwaukee Brewers (I bet you'd never have guessed that one :) )
*Checking out new bands/music

*Caring for babies :)
*Wisconsin Badgers

Eight Things I Would Like to do Before I Die:

*See my daughters grow into quality, caring human beings
*Grow old with Jeni and laugh until we hurt on a porch in rocking chairs
*See Mount Everest with my own eyes and play golf in Nepal
*Snorkel/scuba dive in the Great Barrier Reef
*Climb a mountain
*Attend the game where the Milwaukee Brewers win the World Series
*Write and publish a book
*Be a school principal and/or Head of School

*Go skydiving
*Go snorkeling/scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef
*Hang out with Will, Hope and Grace for many years to come
*Spend summer in an RV after I'm retired (Will is not a big fan of this idea)

Eight Things I Say a Lot:
*Dong! (a baseball slang term for home run)

*Stop saying "Dong!"
*"Maybe daddy will _____, _____, ____" (this is Jeni's new catch phrase regarding the babies... we have a lot of laughs with it)
Eight Books I Have Read Recently:

Eight Books I've Read Recently:
*Guess How Much I Love You
*Rock Farm
*Goodnight Moon
*Three Cups of Tea (working on it)
*Countless other children's books and books on raising twins/preemies

I have not finished a book cover-to-cover in the past several years (although I have skim read tons). This is incredibly embarrassing, particularly seeing that I was an English minor at UW and a teacher of English and honors English for a year). If you want to know some cool albums I've listened to recently, here you go:

"The Stage Names"- Okkervil River
"Stay Positive"- The Hold Steady
"The Crane Wife"- The Decemberists
"Sky Blue Sky"- Wilco
"Challengers"- The New Pornographers
"Joshua Tree"- U2 (this is such a classic disc, one of my all time favs)

Eight Movies I Have Seen Eight Times:

Will & Jeni:
*Love Actually (our favorite movie)
*When Harry Met Sally
*Billy Madison
*Major League
*The Big Lebowski
*The Royal Tennenbaums
*Silence of the Lambs (Jeni "endures" this one)
*Animal House
*Dead Poet’s Society

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